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Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
Why are YOU here, beloved?
Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?
You are Loved!!
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December 31, 2015
Children, it is the last hour; . . .
you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth. 1_Jn_2:18-21
And what is Truth? . . .
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him. Jn_1:1-18
AND NOW, WE KNOW GOD, AS WELL!
~ ~ ~ A very Happy and Blessed New Year to you, Beloved! ~ ~ ~
And a special Happy and Blessed Birthday to our
own very special son, Carl, with all our love!
December 30, 2015
I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One. 1_Jn_2:12-17
For the sake of the Name of Jesus, our sins have been forgiven. All of us, Children of God. What is coming in John’s letter is BIG stuff! He’s not writing to the pagans or to those who have heard about Jesus and refused to believe. He’s writing to God’s children, to us beloved! Some of us KNOW this God; the One who was from the beginning; the One who created us all; the One who loves us beyond all understanding. And some of us have been fighting the battle of earthly life – and have won against the evil that wants to drag us down. And all of us are forgiven. Listen, then, to the awesome words of John, as he writes to us in the coming days…
December 29, 2015
(St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr)
The old man Simeon came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.” Lk_2:22-35
St. John said, “I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.” 1_Jn 2:3-11
Jesus is the Light. Remain in Him always, beloved.
December 28, 2015
(Feast of Holy Innocents, Martyrs)
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.” Mt_2:13-18
Sad day! But how different is it really from the craziness of today? Please pray, beloved, for all the victims of craziness. Please pray for those who do these unspeakable acts – that they will see the light, see the truth – the beautiful value of all life, as God sees it!
December 27, 2015
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. Col_3:12-21
LOVE – the bond of perfection!
December 26, 2015
(St. Stephen, First Deacon and Martyr)
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people . . . who could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. . . . he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” . . . They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. . . . As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts_6:8-10;7:54-59
Jesus said to his disciples: . . . (You will be persecuted, but) When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Mt_10:17-22
Stephen spoke boldly about the Lord. He spoke of all the errors the Israelites had made in not keeping with the Law and Commands of the LORD. And He implored that they turn from their evil ways back to God, and now to belief in Jesus, God’s only begotten Son. But they refused. Their hearts were so hardened that they quickly snuffed out this beautiful voice of God. Just makes us wonder, beloved, are there times when we snuff out His voice as well? Maybe it’s something we don’t want to do. Maybe it’s something we don’t want to quit – that we shouldn’t be doing in the first place. Maybe we need to come back to God as well. He’s there, always waiting for us. Thank you Stephen, for showing us the way – the way to Jesus who showed us the way to God.
O Come let us adore Him!
December 25, 2015
(The Nativity of the Lord)
… the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. Lk_2:15-20
For hundreds, even a thousand years prior to its occurrence, God had prophesied the coming of a savior. It happened just as it had been told them. Then Jesus came prophesying His return and promising eternal life in God’s Kingdom. It will happen, just as it had been told us!
Are we listening?
A very blessed and merry Christmas to you, beloved! Don’t let the world steal His Joy from you. Our savior has been born! And He has come to save us all!
And He does it with LOVE. Let Him.
December 24, 2015
Zechariah his (John the Baptist’s) father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Lk_1:67-79
The Canticle of Zechariah.
A very blessed and joy filled Christmas Eve to you, beloved.
May our loving God fill your life with peace and hope!
December 23, 2015
Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me. And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek,
and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Mal_3:1-4,23-24
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. . . . they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Lk_1:57-66
The prophesy. The fulfillment. “John is his name.” The deaf can speak. The old can procreate. The messenger has come. And suddenly . . . “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son . . .” God incarnate. Through the womb of a virgin.
Blessed be God!!!!!!
December 22, 2015
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Lk_1:46-56
How hard we try to keep our souls from REJOICING!
Everything is so serious.
It’s that kid in us, who we insist must act like an adult!
Let it go, beloved!
Let God have control and REJOICE!
December 21, 2015
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, let me see you, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.” Sg_2:8-14
Sing your song O Holy Spirit. Lead us on the path of Jesus. Bring us back home to God our Father. Here is my beloved! Sing your song that we may be one forever!
December 20, 2015
(Fourth Sunday of Advent, C)
Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk_1:39-45
Mary had it! Jesus had it! How much faith do we have, beloved, to believe that what the Lord says to us will be fulfilled! Jesus said, ‘If we had faith even as small as a mustard seed, we could move mountains.’ Believe! And so it will be. Believe, we are saved, because God willed it so. And then go out and LIVE!
December 19, 2015
There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. . . . The woman bore a son and named him Samson. Jgs_13:2-7,24-25a
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. . . . they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. . . . the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Zechariah) and said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. Lk_1:5-25
The appearance of angels of the Lord. Miraculous conceptions. Saving grace. Fear and consolation. The birth of very holy, blessed and remarkable messengers of God. Samson the man of physical strength. John the man of spiritual strength, leading the way to Jesus who brings us both physical and spiritual strength. Rely on Him, beloved. And He will give you all the strength you need, when you need it!
December 18, 2015
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Mt_1:18-25
Do not be afraid! It is all in God’s hands! The Holy Spirit is in control.
Follow His directions, and Salvation will come to all! We’re in the final countdown, beloved. The Lord is coming. Stay awake. Be prepared.
And top it all off with LOVE!
December 17, 2015
Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. Ps_72
Oh how we pray for the day! And yet, with Jesus in our hearts, justice does flower in our lives and peace when our consciences are free from all guilt. When we follow his Way and Love as He commanded us, those days can actually be NOW! In the mean time we keep on praying for peace for the rest of humanity.
December 16, 2015
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Lk_7:18b-23
Ever wonder, beloved, if anything we do is ever recognized? Ever have someone ask you, “Where did YOU get that from,” after saying something they finally listened to, as though you really don’t know anything and shouldn’t be saying anything that is worth hearing? Do you ever, just get tired of it?
You see, it really doesn’t matter WHAT everyone else thinks about us. All that matters is that we continue doing the will of the Father. “Do YOU really exist?” they ask. Well maybe not! So yeah, why don’t you go look for someone else, and we’ll just continue bringing sight to the blind, food to the hungry, hope to the hopeless and count on Jesus’ words: “blessed is the one who takes no offense at me” ibid. BLESSED are YOU, beloved – and loved!
December 15, 2015
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders, “When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” Mt_21:28-32
They say seeing is believing. But sometimes we can be beat over the head and still not believe. What are we being hit over the head with today, beloved? Maybe it’s time to open our eyes!
December 14, 2015
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. Ps 25
When we seem to be lost, beloved. When we don’t know where to go or what to do, remember this Psalm. Open our hearts and open our minds, and teach us your ways O Lord! We will know when to be quiet and when to speak up. We will know how to be patient and how to bring comfort to others. Your Way O Lord is peace and truth and justice. Teach me, Jesus!
December 13, 2015
(Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday)
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. Zep_3:14-18a
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil_4:4-7
Rejoice! Half way through Advent. Rejoice! Christmas is coming. The Lord is near. We will be a people of PEACE. We will be a people of LOVE. We will be a people of PATIENCE (especially now!) We will be a people of HOPE. The Lord is coming, that we may be with Him forever! Rejoice. Alleluia!
This is our Mother! The Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God.
Praise be her name. Praise be her choice to follow God’s will.
We pray for all mothers and expectant mothers, that they follow God’s will to respect the life they bear and to raise their children in faith and the love for Jesus and one another.
December 11, 2015
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. Is_48:17-19
Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the law of the LORD… Ps_1
Following the Lord’s lead, delighting in His law and learning from Him all lead us to blessedness, beloved. Take care, not to fall into the trap of following the ways of the wicked. Delight in the LORD and all will be well (even when it may not seem so.)!
December 10, 2015
Jesus said to the crowds: “Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Mt_11:11-15
December 9, 2015
(St. Juan Diego)
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt 11:28-30
Both Jesus and the prophet Isaiah talk to us today about finding strength in God.
You see, there are a lot of things in life that can just wear us out.
And often, many of these “burdens” come from our own doing.
Maybe we just didn’t feel like doing all of those routine jobs of ours, and all of a sudden they’ve piled up on us – and it feels like a huge burden.
Maybe there are things that bother us – that we have no control of, like the economy, or the healthcare situation, or the political and social mess of our world.
Maybe we’ve been asked to do something – that popped up by surprise, and we just weren’t prepared for something extra.
Or maybe, just the opposite, we’d really like to do more, but we just don’t know what it is that we could do – to help others and make us happy too.
These are the times when we need to come back to Jesus, and ask for His help. You see He’s always there to help us, just for the asking.
Jesus says, “take my yoke.” What that means is that – instead of trying to carry all those burdens by ourselves, Jesus is willing to share His yoke – to help us carry them. And that will lighten the load on our hearts and our bodies.
Do we have too much to do?
Take a deep breath, and with the help of Jesus, we’ll find that – little bites – will get the jobs done just as well, without all the worry.
Take a deep breath, and with the help of Jesus, we can say some prayers together for better times to come, and not feel so helpless, because then, we are doing something about it!
Nothing much to do?
Take a deep breath and ask Jesus to offer us some suggestions. Maybe there’s a young child who would love to have stories read to them. Maybe we can help someone else to find Jesus – to help ease their burdens. Maybe we just need to let others know – that we are willing to help them, as long as it’s not overtaxing on us.
You see, there are all kinds of solutions to help us lighten the burdens of life, – when we just remember to count on God, to count on Jesus – for help.
This week, let’s see how many times we can thank Jesus – for helping us to lighten our burdens, by sharing His yoke. And then we can take some of that extra time – and REST.
December 8, 2015
(Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
Then the LORD God said to the serpent: “. . . I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Gn_3:9-15, 20
The battle lost by the serpent by the wood of a cross.
Thank you Jesus. Thank you Mary – for saying Yes to God.
St. Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” Eph_1:3-6,11-12
Chosen! That’s us!
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk_1:26-38
December 7, 2015
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God,
he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. . . .
A highway will be there, called the holy way; . . . It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. . . . They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee. Is_35:1-10
Trust in the Lord Jesus, beloved, and all fear and sorrow and mourning will flee. And you will be left with Joy and Gladness. Come to the feast. Come to the Lord!
December 6, 2015
(Second Sunday of Advent, C)
St. Paul said, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil_1:4-6, 8-11
In our preparation for the coming of the Lord, God has laid a foundation of Goodness within us, upon which we are to build. And He will see to it that it will come to completion. Keep the faith, beloved! And it will all be Good!
Link to today’s Homily:
“It’s All Good”
December 5, 2015
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Mt_9:35–10:1,5a,6-8
Give, without cost!
For God has freely given to us:
life, and choice, and sustenance.
And He says nothing about taking – especially the life of others!
December 4, 2015
(St. John Damascene)
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. Ps 27
SEEING! And not just seeing, but seeing “bountifully.” Not just a little but an abundance of the Lord’s glory! Patience, beloved! His WILL be done! In HIS time! It will be well worth the wait!
December 3, 2015
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Mt_7:21, 24-27
And what is the will of “my Father in heaven?” To LOVE! Love neighbor, love self, even love enemies. And then spread God’s love everywhere you go! And then, we need not say “Lord, Lord.” For He will know us and be with us everywhere and at all time. And that’s the “Kingdom of heaven!”
December 2, 2015
The Prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth . . .” Is_25:6-10a
No more hunger, no more war, no more homelessness, no more sadness. And everything will be magnified. Not just food – but the very best of foods. Not just peace, but LOVE! God does not skimp when it comes to reward for the just. Life will be lavish. Pray, beloved, that we don’t fall into sin and away from God. Pray always, “without ceasing.” And God will provide. Jesus will exemplify. And the Holy Spirit will guide. Then, just Follow!
December 1, 2015
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Is_11:1-10
Jesus, the shoot from the Jesse tree.
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord. Gifts given us, by the Grace of God.
Judgment not by looks nor gossip, not by the slanted opinions of the news media nor the tainted propaganda of the liberal terrorists; but with justice based on the Truth. A Truth that can only be found in His Word.
Have Faith, beloved! And KNOW that His will – will be done. The will of peace and love and justice!
Happy December, beloved!
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