Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Wisdom from Mary

Our Lady said that the rosary can stop wars, and can bring world peace. We have to do what she said, and live good lives. There's no other plan from heaven that's so specific, for what we're going through now. The Blessed Mother spelled it out. Prayer, penance, the First Saturdays' devotion—and live a good, holy life. That's the answer.

–from Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's book Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions
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"If you become Christ's you will stumble upon wonder upon wonder, and every one of them true."
— St. Brendan of Birr

"Prayer and fasting, worship and adoration, Scripture and sacraments and sacramentals all provide the weapons of our spiritual warfare. With them we go on the offensive against the Evil One. But the virtues provide our defense armor. As Blessed Pope Paul VI once observed, St. Paul 'used the armor of a soldier as a symbol for the virtues that can make a Christian invulnerable.' They are our best defense against his attacks, for they guard our minds and hearts from his deceptions and temptations. A lapse in virtue is in fact a chink in our armor that makes us vulnerable."
— Paul Thigpen, p. 57-8
Manual for Spiritual Warfare

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult."
Psalm 46: 1-3


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Saint John Bosco

John Bosco's theory of education could well be used in today's schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment and placing students in surroundings removed from the likelihood of committing sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with one's work, study and play.

Encouraged during his youth to become a priest so he could work with young boys, John was ordained in 1841. His service to young people started when he met a poor orphan and instructed him in preparation for receiving Holy Communion. He then gathered young apprentices and taught them catechism.

After serving as chaplain in a hospice for working girls, John opened the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales for boys. Several wealthy and powerful patrons contributed money, enabling him to provide two workshops for the boys, shoemaking and tailoring.

By 1856, the institution had grown to 150 boys and had added a printing press for publication of religious and catechetical pamphlets. His interest in vocational education and publishing justify him as patron of young apprentices and Catholic publishers.

John's preaching fame spread and by 1850 he had trained his own helpers because of difficulties in retaining young priests. In 1854, he and his followers informally banded together, inspired by Saint Francis de Sales.

With Pope Pius IX's encouragement, John gathered 17 men and founded the Salesians in 1859. Their activity concentrated on education and mission work. Later, he organized a group of Salesian Sisters to assist girls.

John Bosco educated the whole person—body and soul united. He believed that Christ's love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. It is searching and finding God and Jesus in everything we do, letting their love lead us. Yet, because John realized the importance of job-training and the self-worth and pride that come with talent and ability, he trained his students in the trade crafts, too.

Saint John Bosco is the Patron Saint of:


Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17

King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,
"Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba
and register the people, that I may know their number."
Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:
in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service;
in Judah, five hundred thousand.

Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,
and said to the LORD:
"I have sinned grievously in what I have done.
But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant,
for I have been very foolish."
When David rose in the morning,
the LORD had spoken to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying:
"Go and say to David, 'This is what the LORD says:
I offer you three alternatives;
choose one of them, and I will inflict it on you.'"
Gad then went to David to inform him.
He asked: "Do you want a three years' famine to come upon your land,
or to flee from your enemy three months while he pursues you,
or to have a three days' pestilence in your land?
Now consider and decide what I must reply to him who sent me."
David answered Gad: "I am in very serious difficulty.
Let us fall by the hand of God, for he is most merciful;
but let me not fall by the hand of man."
Thus David chose the pestilence.
Now it was the time of the wheat harvest
when the plague broke out among the people.
The LORD then sent a pestilence over Israel
from morning until the time appointed,
and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beer-sheba died.
But when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it,
the LORD regretted the calamity
and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people,
"Enough now! Stay your hand."
The angel of the LORD was then standing
at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
When David saw the angel who was striking the people,
he said to the LORD: "It is I who have sinned;
it is I, the shepherd, who have done wrong.
But these are sheep; what have they done?
Punish me and my kindred."

Responsorial Psalm PS 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
R. (see 5c) Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
For this shall every faithful man pray to you
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.

Alleluia JN 10:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, "Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?"
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
"A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house."
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.


Meditation: Mark 6:1-6

Saint John Bosco, Priest (Memorial)

A prophet is not without honor except in his native place. (Mark 6:4)

In today's Gospel, Mark tells us how the people of Jesus' hometown struggled to accept him because they thought they knew him. Sadly, their inability to honor him, one of their fellow townspeople, limited the miracles that he could do among them.

Their experience can teach us two lessons about honoring one another, or treating one another with respect. First, it can be challenging to honor the people closest to us. Second, if dishonor can limit what the Lord is able to do, imagine how important honoring someone must be in opening the door for the Lord to work.

What does it mean to "honor" someone (Mark 6:4)? It can mean seeing them with God's eyes, looking at their potential instead of their shortcomings, and their gifts instead of their flaws. It can mean recognizing that they are a gift to us and that they have dignity. Maybe a sibling thinks very differently from us, or a co-worker has some frustrating habits. What could happen if we chose to treat them well, to honor their gifts and talents instead of focusing on the ways we disagree with them?

When we say something encouraging instead of criticizing, when we try to build up instead of tearing down, God uses our words and our attitudes to remind people how deeply loved they are. He can use our words and actions to show that person that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. When we take the time to listen attentively instead of lecturing or nagging, it can soften both their hearts and ours. Most of all, when we try our best to love and accept others patiently, especially the ones who rub us the wrong way, we are creating an environment where the Lord can draw them closer to his heart.

Think about the people closest to you. Who bothers you the most or concerns you the most? Try to honor that person today. Offer them an encouraging word or an unexpected compliment. Think of one positive aspect of their personality, and thank God for it. Make it a point to do this every day for a week, and watch what happens—both in their life and in your own heart.

"Jesus, help me to honor the people around me."

2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7


King David messed up, and He prayed ""I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant, for I have been very foolish." The Lord gave him 3 choices. Pestilence is what was chosen. Death came. People suffered because of his sin. Nowadays, what kind of pestilence do you choose? Sin brings about pestilence. Death. It stinks. One of the songs I wrote says sin "tastes like death...smells like death". Why did David do what he did? It was an act of distrust and disobedience to God's will and command. Today, what kind of acts do we do that are against His will? Someone told me that not voting is good. That's not ALL good. Why? Silence lets sin win. Study this lent what virtues are. I want you to be able to explain to everyone what virtues are. And you won't have a good explanation if you do not live them out and seek them out truly. God punishes. Your sin, even though forgiven, calls for a just punishment. Just means holy. You won't get away with murder. Especially if you are silent. Think of the unborn as a mere and humble example.

Let us pray: " Lord, forgive the wrong I have done. Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered. Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile." God blesses. St. John Bosco,today's saint brought everyone closer to the Lord. He admonished the sinner and showed them the way to a righteous life, and one of his boy students became a saint. God forgives. How many times do we have to be forgiven? That's a question I ask after going to Holy Confession every time.

In the Holy Gospel, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house." These are deep words. They said "Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?" We like to hear great preachers, (some of us do) from far away lands, and of saintly people, exotic. But what about the domestic? What about the domestic prophet? The ones at home? Your Holy Priest. Maybe your teacher. Maybe someone in your own home trying to lead us to God? These prophets of God are often rejected. Mostly because "you KNOW who they are". So, a retreat at your parish goes unattended. CCD teachers are ignored. And the homily on Sunday if they go to church? Ehh, about 20% of the message is accepted/retained. We often have deflectors on. We deflect the message of God "Oh I wish So-and-so was here, this would be good for them to hear". Nahh. It's for you buddy! I was pretty fired up at our company safety meeting, telling everyone to own up to their responsibilities. So often we want people to do things for us. You must do YOUR part. That's why God has us here. He is calling. Stop saying no. Sin is saying no. The prophet Gad told King David what was up. The acronym "GAD" in spanish texting world means Gracias A Dios, thanks be to God. And thank God David listened to Gad. Thank God David repented. Thank God a punishment came. It served as an important lesson we are to learn from today. Steer clear of the wide road of perdition. Too many are on that road, sadly, in silence they go. In the business world, they say to watch out for the silent customer....they leave without saying a word. And this is our Father's business....saving souls. How quiet are your loved ones? You don't know why they are quiet. When I'm teaching, the talkative ones I appreciate, but the silent ones, I worry about. I have to fill in with my testimony, they don't have one. When will you have a testimony? And when will you be a living witness? The world is watching...



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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

He Gave strict orders

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Where Charity and Love Prevail

It is useless to talk when things speak for themselves in such an eloquent manner. There is a clear and precise way of finding God, and we have so much need of him. There are moments in everyone's life when the need becomes acute; it is when our pride is overcome by suffering and humiliation that we finally look for God. Where can we find him? The way is clear: Where there is charity, there is love; where there is love, there is God.

–from the book Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait
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"In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course."
– St. Boniface

"What is time, with regard to myself? It is my present and actual existence. Past time, or my past existence, is no longer anything, as far as I am concerned; I can neither recall it, nor change anything in it. The time to come, or my future existence, has not yet arrived, and perhaps never will arrive. I does not depend on me; I cannot count on it ... No one is ignorant of these two simple truths, but very few draw from them the conclusions they ought to draw ... This present moment, or this actual existence—from whom do I hold it? It is He who has preserved my existence from one instant to another, and who is preserving it at this present moment. Will He preserve it for me in the moment that shall immediately follow this one? I do not know; and nothing in the world can give me the assurance of it. Why has time been given to me? So that by it I may merit a happy eternity. I shall live forever: faith teaches me this; my reason even assures me of another life. The desire of immortality is implanted in the depths of my heart, and this desire, which God Himself has planted there, can never be frustrated of its object. I am, then, born for eternity, but this eternity will be happy or wretched ... My fate for all eternity depends, then, on the use I make of time, and since neither the past nor the future is in my own power, it is quite true to say that my eternity depends always on the present moment. Now, at this present moment, what is my state? Would I like to die just as I am now?"
— Fr. Jean Nicholas Grou, p. 82-83
The Spiritual Life

"Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti


Feast Day: January 30

1585, Vignanello, Italy

Died: 30 January 1640, Viterbo
Canonized: 1807 by Pope Pius VII

A religious of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Sacconi; born 1585 of a noble family at Vignanello, near Viterbo in Italy; died 30 January, 1640, at Viterbo; feast, 30 January; in Rome, 6 February (Diarium Romanum). Her parents were Marc' Antonio Mariscotti (Marius Scotus) and Ottavia Orsini. At Baptism she received the name Clarice and in early youth was remarkable for piety, but, as she grew older, she became frivolous, and showed a worldly disposition, which not even the almost miraculous saving of her life at the age of seventeen could change; neither was her frivolity checked by her education at the Convent of St. Bernardine at Viterbo, where an older sister had taken the veil. At the age of twenty she set her heart upon marriage with the Marquess Cassizucchi, but was passed by in favour of a younger sister. She was sadly disappointed, became morose, and at last joined the community at St. Bernardine, receiving the name Hyacintha. But, as she told her father, she did this only to hide her chagrin and not to give up the luxuries of the world; and she asked him to furnish her apartments with every comfort. She kept her own kitchen, wore a habit of the finest material, received and paid visits at pleasure.

For ten years she continued this kind of life, so contrary to the spirit of her vows and such a source of scandal to the community. By the special protection of God, she retained a lively faith, was regular in her devotions, remained pure, always showed a great respect for the mysteries of religion, and had a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At length she was touched by God's grace, and the earnest exhortations of her confessor at the time of serious illness made her see the folly of the past and brought about a complete change in her life. She made a public confession of her faults in the refectory, discarded her costly garments, wore an old habit, went barefoot, frequently fasted on bread and water, chastised her body by vigils and severe scourging, and practised mortifications to such an extent that the decree of canonization considers the preservation of her life a continued miracle. She increased her devotion to the Mother of God, to the Holy Infant Jesus, to the Blessed Eucharist, and to the sufferings of Christ. She worked numerous miracles, had the gifts of prophecy and of discerning the secret thoughts of others. She was also favoured by heavenly ecstacies and raptures. During an epidemic that raged in Viterbo she showed heroic charity in nursing the sick. She established two confraternities, whose members were called Oblates of Mary or Sacconi. One of these, similar to our Society of St. Vincent de Paul, gathered alms for the convalescent, for the poor who were ashamed to beg, and for the care of prisoners; the other procured homes for the aged. Though now leading a life so pure and holy, Hyacintha always conceived the greatest contempt for herself. At her death great sorrow was felt at Viterbo and crowds flocked to her funeral. She was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726, and canonized 14 May, 1807, by Pius VII.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)


Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 2 Sm18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30–19:3

Absalom unexpectedly came up against David's servants.
He was mounted on a mule,
and, as the mule passed under the branches of a large terebinth,
his hair caught fast in the tree.
He hung between heaven and earth
while the mule he had been riding ran off.
Someone saw this and reported to Joab
that he had seen Absalom hanging from a terebinth.
And taking three pikes in hand,
he thrust for the heart of Absalom,
still hanging from the tree alive.

Now David was sitting between the two gates,
and a lookout went up to the roof of the gate above the city wall,
where he looked about and saw a man running all alone.
The lookout shouted to inform the king, who said,
"If he is alone, he has good news to report."
The king said, "Step aside and remain in attendance here."
So he stepped aside and remained there.
When the Cushite messenger came in, he said,
"Let my lord the king receive the good news
that this day the LORD has taken your part,
freeing you from the grasp of all who rebelled against you."
But the king asked the Cushite, "Is young Absalom safe?"
The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of my lord the king
and all who rebel against you with evil intent
be as that young man!"

The king was shaken,
and went up to the room over the city gate to weep.
He said as he wept,
"My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
If only I had died instead of you,
Absalom, my son, my son!"

Joab was told that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom;
and that day's victory was turned into mourning for the whole army
when they heard that the king was grieving for his son.

Responsorial Psalm PS 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (1a) Listen, Lord, and answer me.
Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

Alleluia MT 8:17
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him
and a large crowd followed him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
But his disciples said to him,
"You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, Who touched me?"
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.


Meditation: Mark 5:21-43

4th Week in Ordinary Time

She . . . told him the whole truth. (Mark 5:33)

Doesn't this scene remind you of what can happen during the Sacrament of Reconciliation? There are some intriguing parallels between the sacrament and the story of the woman who touched Jesus' garment.

First, there's the likeness between the woman's illness and our experience of sin. Of course, we don't equate sickness with sin, but we can see some analogies. The woman couldn't stop blood from flowing out of her body. This affliction marked her as "unclean" and prevented her from worshipping in the Temple. That's a striking image for the way sin drains life from our spirit and prevents us from freely relating with God and from receiving the Eucharist.

Next, there's pushing past our apprehensions to seek out Jesus. The woman had to deal with the crowd. She also didn't know what Jesus would say, even as she was falling down at his feet. For us, Confession might be accompanied by similar anxieties. Maybe we've had the experience of waiting in a long line of people before it's our turn in the confessional. We might have wondered, "What will these people think of me? What will the priest think? Is God in a good mood today, or is he upset with me?"

Then comes the amazing power that pours into us the moment we touch Jesus in Confession. It's a stream of mercy and grace that washes away all of our impurities. All is cleansed, and our spirit is healed.

Finally, we receive "pardon and peace" because our sins have been forgiven. The woman was worried about talking to Jesus, but she didn't have to be. Likewise, we don't have to live one more day with the burden of guilt. We can have the peace that comes from encountering the mercy of God.

Don't be afraid to come before the Lord with "the whole truth" (Mark 5:33). He won't get upset with you. He's eager to bless and encourage you. Try to push past any apprehension and seek out the sacrament, even if it's been a while. After all, peace is waiting for you. Life is waiting for you.

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for to you I call all the day" (Psalm 86:3).

2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30–19:3
Psalm 86:1-6



The first Word we hear said "If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!" Can you hear the Lord speaking from Heaven? He is saying "I would die for you....and I did." What a love. What love that is out of this world. He touches for that very reason. To say, " I Love You This Much" and is stretched beyond human reasoning on the cross.

Let us pray: " Listen, Lord, and answer me. Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me, for I am afflicted and poor. Keep my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God." God's love is so tremendous that it is like this: So long as a person has a living breath, they stand a chance of mercy, hope lives. What we do with this chance is key. Make fruit of it. Take advantage, seize the day. Those who seize the opportunity experience healing.

In the Holy Gospel, the hemorrhaging woman was bleeding to death. She was tore up inside. Not only was she physically ailing, but she was alienated, as Bishop Barren said today: ". Having a flow of blood for twelve years meant that anyone with whom she came in contact would be considered unclean. She couldn't, in any meaningful sense, participate in the ordinary life of her society.
The woman touches Jesus—and how radical and dangerous an act this was, since it should have rendered Jesus unclean. But so great is her faith that her touch, instead, renders her clean. Jesus effectively restores her to full participation in her community.
But what is perhaps most important is this: Jesus implicitly puts an end to the ritual code of the book of Leviticus" saying Jesus was now the book of life, and the WAY.
Jesus restores. Jesus says "you are unclean until you come to Me". In confessional, in the Holy Sacraments, begun in Baptism. Holiness. A way of life that is uncommon, but common in trying. Faith is the greatest gift of God, because with it, salvation comes. You are reading this now in faith. The woman had great faith and Jesus said ""Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." Now, you, approach Him. The same thing happened with the 12 year old daughter of Jairus that died while Jesus was on His way to save her. He raised her up from the dead and said beforehand ""Do not be afraid; just have faith." Faith is a tremendous gift from God. It is to be taken seriously and gratefully.
There are a group of super-faithful in church, which as of today, I will call the super-grateful. Can you be one of these super-gratefuls, the super-faithfuls? Can you hang with these folks? LOL, I kind of feel bad for some of my new faith friends, I keep inviting them to one thing after another, last week pro-life rally, this week a conference with Theologians Scott Hahn and more! I'm excited. And the night before kicks it off with Holy Adoration, Holy Hour. That's all that's on my agenda, the next thing for God! You won't get rich by sitting on your couch, let's go to work! And I'm talking about rich in knowledge, rich in grace! You go with poverty, and that is the key ingredient. God fills the empty, as Mary our Mother said "...He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty." Empty yourselves. Talitha, little girl, I am taking your hand, wake up, arise! ARISE! Arise to a new life, imagine, waking up, opening your eyes, after being dead, and seeing Jesus holding your hand! WHOA! Who is He? Then, you spend the rest of your life learning about Him and seeking Him who saved you. This my little girl, this is Heaven on earth. Where does He go? No one knows. But when my heart burns and my tears flow, I know He is here, just as most of the time I am writing to you. I cry alot. Yesterday I kept welling up. Why? Because I feel God's love. No sad or bad news can keep it from coming. And so, I thought, "what if in Heaven you run into a group of cry-babies? They are on their knees, face in their hands and weeping. And you ask them "what's going on here?" and they say to you "they are weeping out of sheer joy!". These tears of joy come from God's goodness, His bounty, and there's plenty to be had. Be glad. Rejoice. Jesus took Talitha's hand and then He died on the cross for her. His baby. His you. Go ahead and cry, but have faith. "I came to save you" meaning "I come to set you apart" this means holiness. "I designed you to be with Me in eternity".
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