Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love the sinner, hate the sin

"You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved." Matthew 10:22

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


God loves us so much that no matter what we do, He will always love us.  His love is a testament to what unconditional love truly means.  There is NO sin greater than His love.

Psalm 27:10
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.


It is a tempting world. It is up to us to walk in God's ways and to choose Him. The beauty and magnificence of our Lord is that He recognizes our weaknesses, and that is in fact what makes us so precious to Him. It is up to us to return to Him over and over again, just like the prodigal son. He will greet us with open arms and welcome us back again and again.

None of us is without sin. Some sins may seem greater than others but we all sin. Thank GOD almighty that I have not been tempted to murder. But I am no better than the worst criminal in jail today. God loves me the same as everyone walking the earth today. When I feel puffed up and full of ego, I remind myself of this very fact.  I am who I am because of the graces God gave me.  It is up to me, to share my Love with others.  To forgive unconditionally, and pray for those in great peril of perishing to Hell.  Much is given much is expected.

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Love the sinner.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

Hate the sin.

It sometimes seems confusing to be a christian today. The secular world would like us to believe that if we do not approve of pre-marital sex, homosexuality, abortion, birth control, etc., that we are hate-mongers. However, Jesus teaches us to LOVE. 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39

Yet if we blindly sit by and nod with approval we are subjecting ourselves to eternal death, by way of example to anyone who follows us.


"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. Luke 17:2


Confusion of course does not come from God.  He gave us straight forward commandments to follow.  He gave us a book full of directions to follow.  There is no mixing words with God.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

The secular world in which we live is full of such contradictions.
 

Take for example the television shows, talk shows, reality shows, which show boldly, people living together as married people, but are not married.  They look nice, they smile, they pay their bills, they love each other, they sometimes make us laugh, and they even appear to be wonderful parents.  Run from such programs. Run, and don't look back.  Offer a prayer and the sacrifice of your time from that program for the salvation of souls. " abstain from every form of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22


But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:2

Even God's words are toyed with.  When I heard a talk show host being interviews and she boldly proclaimed that she was married to a woman.  I sat there just numb.  I like this person.  How can she lose her salvation for the sake of herself.  People are clapping, they are smiling, they approve. I shake my head, and say a silent prayer.

How I wish she were my friend and I could call her up and share God with her, and promise her that if she put herself aside, and became very small here on earth, God would be there with all His mercy the day she takes her last breath.  I wish I could warn her about misleading others. 

Sweet Jesus, let your light shine upon all.  Let them hear your good name, so that they may come out of the darkness, walk into your light, and feel the shelter of your love.  Lead them from temptation, and into your arms where they will find true love, and true forgiveness. amen.



Jude 7 (NIV)
7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
  
When I think of a young child being subjected to this sort of contradiction, I am saddened.  I am not full of hate, I am sad.  I know that Jesus loves that actor/actress, just as he loves me, but somewhere someone has given them a stamp of approval and they proceed to spread their darkness, as light, to others. 

We are not in heaven.  There is much suffering here on earth.  It is this life here on earth we live that will bring about our eternal bliss.  We have to put ourselves aside and let God rule our hearts.  This is not easy, but we try our best, we stumble, we ask for forgiveness, and we pick ourselves up and start again.  


If grains of sand on earth represent a life, say 100 years, and all of them together represent eternity, never ending life, then I would be afraid to go against God.  I look at the sand full of grains at our nearby beach and I shudder to think that my eternity could be spent, only by choice and not by accident, in eternal fire.


If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.  Matthew 5:29-30


This is not heaven.  This is my opportunity to choose God.  It is my choice. 


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved Romans 10:12-13


but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." 1 Corinthians 2:9

There is no sin, greater than God's mercy.







"You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved." Matthew 10:22

Monday, November 1, 2010

Visiting a Cemetery

 
Visiting a Cemetery

An indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only momentarily, for the dead.  This indulgence is applicable only to the souls in purgatory. The indulgence is a plenary one from November 1 through November 8 and can be gained on each one of these days.  on the other days of the year this indulgence is a partial one.
"It is therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sin." (2 Mach. 12:46)

X. INDULGENCES 

1471 The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
What is an indulgence?
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."81
"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin."82 The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.NT






Indulgences - General Conditions


The traditional norm for going to confession, receiving Holy Communion, and praying for the intentions of the pope, in order to gain a plenary indulgence, was 8 days before or after doing the prescribed work (counting the day of the work). In the Great Jubilee Year 2000, the Apostolic Penitentiary relaxed this norm to "several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act" (Gift of the Indulgence, General remarks, 5). The question often arises whether this norm of about 20 days applied only to the Great Jubilee Year Indulgence, or whether it remains in effect.
In an answer to a question posed by this author,  the Apostolic Penitentiary responded that this norm of "about 20 days" remains in effect, since it was contained under the "General remarks on indulgences," and not under those specific to the Jubilee Indulgence.
The following "General remarks on Indulgences" from Gift of the Indulgence summarizes, therefore, the usual conditions given in the Church's law:


1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".

2. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions (below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works .....
[N.B. The grants of indulgence are contained in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (4th ed., 1999), in special grants of the Holy See, such as for the Year of the Holy Eucharist, and in special grants which bishops may establish for their dioceses.]


3. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
[N.B. Thus, one must be a Catholic in communion with the Pope, i.e. not excommunicated or in schism.]


4. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;

have sacramentally confessed their sins;

receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);

pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.


5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an "Our Father" and a "Hail Mary" are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.


6. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).


7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

Answered by Colin B. Donovan, STL


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"God + 1 = An Army"

What a powerful thought.  That with God, we, alone in our homes, can equal an army.  I've not been able to verify the validity of this quote, but I'm told it was one of St. Theresa's, of Avila.

St. Theresa, the little flower, is considered one of the greatest Saints of our faith.  She is one of 3 doctors of our faith.  Yet she lived a short, sheltered life, behind the walls of a convent.  She gives us each hope, that we too can help those in need in our own "little way."  Not only help those in need, but we can become like an ARMY for God.  Through prayer, fasting, and works of mercy, we can effect change in our world. Wow that is powerful!

It is one thing to pray, and by all means prayer is so very important, but it is really putting our money where 
our mouth is, to offer sacrifices with our prayers. We ask for what we want and we're willing to show our commitment to this request, by offering gifts to God.  Returning the love.

In Mark 9:29,
And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Our priest during a homily said, "Prayer does not change God."  That short statement speaks volumes.  Prayer changes us, because God loves us, as we are right now.  He loves us unconditionally.

Psalm 27:10, tells us, "For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath taken me up. "

We have read the horror stories, or heard them in the news, of mothers and fathers causing their children harm, but even if this happens, God will still love us.  He will always be there for us.

May I suggest that you become an Army for Christ today!  Start small.  Perhaps give up a second cup of coffee, or a favorite TV show along with your prayer requests.  Then build upon this by offering tasks, errands, desserts, etc.   There are so many in need today.  It is possible for us, in our homes, to make a difference in the world.  Lets not miss this opportunity!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Offer it up!

I can remember as a child falling off my bike and cutting my knee.  I was fairly young and remember running into the house where my mother pulled me close and comforted me.  I'm not  sure who said, it, either my mother or my father but at one point, I heard, "offer it up."  This may not have even been the first time I'd heard that phrase.  But it resonated in me and I could hear the words in my head throughout my life. 

Now it is my turn to parent and I've said the same thing, but one of my kids said, "to who?  What are you talking about?"  And I do recall as a child I didn't quite understand either, so I thought I'd do my best to explain it.

I looked at my precious one and said, "well sweetness, sometimes the most loving thing we can do is give to others, but if we can't reach them, we ask God to give it to them for us, as a surprise.  For example, I'm asking you to clean your room, and you could offer that task as a gift for a child who does not have a sister to share a room with."  Even at eight they roll their eyes.  "So if you do it with a smile, God will wrap that lovely gift with a shiny bow, and the little girl will not go to sleep lonely, or sad."  That got her.  She turned to me and nodded like she got it.  And I added, "Maybe if you ask God he will let you send your Guardian Angel to bring the gift."  My sweet little girl cleaned her room, as well as an eight year old can do who shares a room with a six year old sister, "who messes up everything!"

 I will say it does make doing the dishes a little less mundane if I know that I can ask God to give it to my friend at the bus stop who is struggling in her marriage, or the lady at the grocery store whose husband is in Iraq.  Or the mother I see on TV sobbing because her child is missing. 

I think of "offering up" as a fasting from self.  I can add to that by offering up other things, like extra helpings of food, or eating out as a 'gift' for someone else in need.

Mother Theresa said to never waste a sacrifice.  I think those are wise words.

Mark 9:14-29
14 And coming to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes disputing with them. 15 And presently all the people seeing Jesus, were astonished and struck with fear; and running to him, they saluted him. 16 And he asked them: What do you question about among you? 17 And one of the multitude, answering, said: Master, I have brought my son to thee, having a dumb spirit. 18 Who, wheresoever he taketh him, dasheth him, and he foameth, and gnasheth with the teeth, and pineth away; and I spoke to thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not. 19 Who answering them, said: O incredulous generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediately the spirit troubled him; and being thrown down upon the ground, he rolled about foaming. 21 And he asked his father: How long time is it since this hath happened unto him? But he said: From his infancy: 22 And oftentimes hath he cast him into the fire and into waters to destroy him. But if thou canst do any thing, help us, having compassion on us. 23 And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears said: I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief. 25 And when Jesus saw the multitude running together, he threatened the unclean spirit, saying to him: Deaf and dumb spirit, I command thee, go out of him; and enter not any more into him. 26 And crying out, and greatly tearing him, he went out of him, and he became as dead, so that many said: He is dead. 27 But Jesus taking him by the hand, lifted him up; and he arose. 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Friday, July 30, 2010

My $2,500 I-pod plays 300 songs, I-giveup

I realize there are bigger fish to fry than trying to tackle apple and their i-pod. Let's face it I'm a small person & in a big company and they will never even know I'm alive.

But I must vent somewhere...
My son washed my i-pod in the washing machine... the really bad thing is, I'm a swimmer and I had a perfectly good waterproof case for it. Naturally when it was washed the case was not on it. I've DEALT with my son who will never touch my i-pod again... my new one that is. Yes, I had to get a new one. You see that wasn't the first time he'd washed it. Although it is nice and clean it is basically a useless $250 piece of trash. Although there are companies for a fee that will resurrect my i-pod, or so they say... that is something I may consider, some day...

Alas my grief with apple is not over the washed i-pod, that is certainly not their fault, my beef with i-pod is their i-tunes set up. They have so much fear of being cheated that the legitimate consumers like myself have to jump through hoops and catch rainbows before ever getting all their music on to ONE i-pod.

See if you can follow this music trail. Many years ago we bought a family computer, we downloaded songs for our first gen i-pod. Then as my children went from tots to teens they purchased i-pods and opened i-tunes accounts. Then from there when the family computer became over burdened, Mommy got a fancy new laptop. But getting all the songs from family cmoptuer to moms laptop never happened. Some came some did not. Then follow the story to mom gave the laptop to one of the college kids, and purchased a new laptop, and again the same song and dance with i-tunes, you can have some songs but not all. Well in my mind I estimate, that we have in total purchased some $1000+ songs from i-tunes but at present I'm only allowed to have 300+ songs. I'm not going to describe the choreography of how i-tunes-apple-jacks wants me to register my i-pod with one computer... my head is literally spinning right now...

For all the apple enthusiasts out there i KNOW you are going to come back and tell me how to do whatever to whatever to have whatever but all I can say is

Whatever

it would be much easier to skydive to a record store and purchase the CD's than to jump through this menagerie of tricks apple wants me to do

Amazon, my son has been telling me for YEARS," mom stop d/l i-tunes, amazon is cheaper and much more reliable. Easy to put on all your computers and your i-pod"

So there. Amazon, here I come.

Incase you didn't follow it, the total cost of my i-pod includes all the generations, plus the songs, winding up with a really expensive piece of junk.

OH and btw, I can now take video with my newest i-pod, but not pictures, and we can't get the video's off the i-pod sadly so we'll just sit around my 2inch screen and watch the videos of our vacation.

Well this will not even be spell checked or re-read, as I've been trying to d/l songs for my i-pod and I'd rather go song-less, than miss out on some swimming pool time.....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

John 6:47-64

Wow, this is an amazing video! God doesn't have to prove himself to us, but when he does it is such a gift! Please enjoy, and pass on!

milagro eucaristico buenos aires argentina

Eucharistic miracle Buenos Aires Argentina




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg_dhI4XCs

Monday, March 1, 2010

Peter Denies Christ, John 18:17

I had been feeling out of sorts... anxious, and a little down. Normally I would have ignored these feelings and pushed them. Of course then they manifest themselves in ways I'd rather not. Sometimes I get overly cranky with my family, hard to believe, I know. Sometimes I have been drawn to grab a cookie or a feel-good treat. But instead of ignoring this feeling I prayed and opened to scripture. I was led to read John 18:17.

17 Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter, "You are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."

I sat for a minute and went. Huh. OK Lord, It is the season of lent, and this is apropos, but I would NEVER deny Christ. Even as child I would hear the passion being read out loud and I would be appalled that anyone could deny our Lord. I know all of us have felt this way.




So I called upon the Holy Spirit to enlighten me.

"Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love!"

Then slowly the message seeped into my brain, of what is left of it. I realize that God was trying to tell me that each time I allow anxiousness, depression, or any other negative, overwhelming thought take me away from Christ, I am denying Him. This is not to say that I should be punished for 'feeling' these things. I am human, I am supposed to feel these things. But rather than wallow in it, I can turn to Him who has the answer for everything. Then I can accept these feelings, know they will pass and offer them as a sacrifice for someone else.





"Life is only a dream: soon, we shall awaken. And what joy! The greater our sufferings, the more limitless our glory. Oh! do not let us waste the trial that Jesus sends."

~ St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church