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Monday, February 6, 2023

† ".. Crossing To The other side. . "

 
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†Saint Quote
"I see clearly with the interior eye, that the sweet God loves with a pure love the creature that He has created, and has a hatred for nothing but sin, which is more opposed to Him than can be thought or imagined."
–St. Catherine of Genoa

†Today's Meditation
"Throughout Sacred Scripture, we find that when God's people fast, the power of their prayers is increased, especially when they are engaged in spiritual warfare. In the Old Testament, the Lord told Isaiah that a fast properly undertaken would 'loose the bonds of wickedness … undo the thongs of the yoke … let the oppressed go free' (Is. 58:6) … In the New Testament, we find that Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the wilderness in preparation for His battle with Satan, who came to tempt Him (see Lk 4:1-2) … If prayer is a spiritual weapon, fasting is the spiritual whetstone on which it is sharpened. It's the spiritual muscle that, when exercised regularly, strengthens the thrust of that weapon to pierce the Enemy and drive him away."
—Paul Thigpen, p. 42

An Excerpt From
Manual for Spiritual Warfare

†Daily Verse
"My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world."
–1 John 2:1-2

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Saint Paul Miki and Companions

St. Paul Miki (1562–1597) and his twenty-five companions, known as the Martyrs of Nagasaki, were crucified for the faith in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1597. A Japanese layman of great nobility and wealth, Paul was converted to Christianity by St. Francis Xavier. Although the Christian missionaries did not meet with opposition initially, the Japanese rulers eventually launched a brutal campaign to wipe out its progress. The twenty-six men were forced to march 600 miles to meet their death in Nagasaki. The group included Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries and Japanese converts. They were repeatedly offered freedom if they would renounce Christianity; they all declined. When the march ended the martyrs were tied to crosses. They prayed and sang while Paul Miki preached the Gospel in a loud voice. The martyrs were then stabbed to death while they hung on their crosses. The crowd who witnessed the testimony of Paul Miki and his companions would immortalize his words and use them to further spread Christianity in Japan. Their collective feast day is February 6th.

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Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Lectionary: 329
Reading 1

Gn 1:1-19

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
"Let there be light," and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."
Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day.

Then God said,
"Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other."
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome "the sky."
Evening came, and morning followed–the second day.

Then God said,
"Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear."
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land "the earth,"
and the basin of the water he called "the sea."
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
"Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it."
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that
bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the third day.

Then God said:
"Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth."
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c

R. (31b) May the Lord be glad in his works.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.

Alleluia

Mt 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

Mk 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.

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Daily Meditation: Genesis 1:1-19

The earth was a formless wasteland. (Genesis 1:2)

This description of the earth doesn't bring to mind an image of God's goodness and love, does it? But in today's first reading, the earth and the skies slowly change. They become progressively more beautiful and filled with life. Yes, it's a story of how God created the universe, but we can also see in it a reflection of how God works to bring us out of darkness and into the light of his love.

Whether it took six days or six billion years to create the universe, what's clear is that God took his time. He didn't create everything in an instant, with all the stars, planets, oceans, and creatures immediately in place. He started with a wasteland.

Can you think of a "wasteland" in your life? You may be struggling with an addiction, a loss of income, or the death of a loved one. Or maybe your wastelands are a little less dramatic, like a stubborn bad habit or trouble at work. Whatever it is, it can sometimes feel as if God is absent and you can see no end in sight.

But God has not left you alone! In fact, he is already at work in a hidden, mysterious way. Note that in the wasteland in Genesis, there were already signs of God's presence: in the water and in the wind, both of which are typically signs of the Holy Spirit.

Whether your wastelands are the result of your own sins or circumstances beyond your control, remember that God is still with you. The more you turn to him, the more you'll discover his creative, healing grace. You may start to see him in the "wind" and the "waters" that surround you. And seeing him, you'll be able to trust that he knows what he is doing.

So be patient. God is an expert in bringing light and beauty out of our wastelands. Let him work at his own perfect pace. Be alert as well to the signs of hope that he gives you, even in your darkest times. You can be confident that death and destruction will never have the final say. They are merely the "barren" landscape that God can use to create something even more beautiful!

"Father, even when life seems barren or hopeless, help me to trust in your creative presence with me."

Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Mark 6:53-56

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From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness."

In the beginning of "man", when God breathed into man and gave him life, I personally believe the light came in a different way into the world, the first man we call "Adam". And then to the next one, Abraham, a people separated, set apart, a light on top of a hill, and then we have Christ, the actual one on a hill, God's light.

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We pray today:
"How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
May the Lord be glad in his works"

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In the Gospel today we heard:
" Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed."

What great faith people had back then, huh? Does that even exist today? It does, in certain parts, and you'd only see it if you knew where the wind blows, and the waters and thew wind carry the Holy Spriit too. What does this mean? It means you don't know how things grow, yet we know. People flocked to get healed, to get restored, to feel life again. I see this in 3rd world countries, some, not all, real faith alive. Just over the weekend I ran into a video where in Kenya, the mother of God seems to be making an appearance. Strange images, strange excitement, everyone hungry there, really wanting to see, and feel, all things hope, and light.

I saw Fr. Larry Richards, a freqenter on EWTN last night. It was about a 2.5hr drive to go, left my wife and kids, and it wasn't easy to pull away for a nice Sunday afternoon, but it definitely was a pull. That is the story of a life being led by the Spirit. Several men had agreed to go see Fr. Larry, and only one wound up going. On our way back, me and the brother that went were impressed with the talk, and wished so much the others would've gone, and why? So their fire too would be lit more! That's all we care for. And what was the message? What was said? Too many things, too much meat. But the gist of it is, that we must spend more intimate time with our Lord. How do you grow love?

We are expected to be fruitful, and how will you be without Him and the center and giving the fruit! LOL.
We were given many times scriptures from John 15, which I should have memorized by now since I always get that for some reason after going to confession as penance.

And so, we remember the martyrs that died back then, and still die today.
My dad passed away last year, and in 2 weeks it will be the one year anniversary. At that time, my mom will be flying to the Holy Land, and the worries are the violence. The continuous martyrs still being gunned down today. And this at the city of Peace! Jerusalem! And this among religions that declare they are of peace! Why is it like this?

Because, not everyone has true peace. Those with guns in their hands do not have true peace. They want power by death.

Thank our Lord, on of our priests from Africa, I heard they got their mother back from a kidnapping and a ransom had to be given. We were praying they wouldn't hurt her. But even if then, it would've been a light on a hill, like the sacrifice of our Lord on the cross.

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Lord, we need to truly seek You and hunger for You, and yearn to be with You. Help us be disciplined to be Your true disciples.
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Friday, February 3, 2023

† ".. What shall I ask for?. . . "

 
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†Saint Quote
"Quote of the Day
"Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven."
–St. Camillus

†Today's Meditation
"Jesus will turn your sorrow into joy. One can only imagine the shock and bewilderment the Apostles felt when the Lord told them he must go away. Though they could not understand it at the time, his departure was for their benefit. The same is true of the unexpected setbacks and tragedies we experience in this life . . . When I consider the times when I have been confounded by events that seemed so contrary to what I thought God wanted for me, I should be mindful that they were permitted by the Lord's inscrutable providence for my own good, as difficult as that might be to fathom."
—Patrick Madrid, p. 251

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†Daily Verse
"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

–John 16:33
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St. Blaise

St. Blaise (d. 316 A.D.) was born into a wealthy Christian family in Armenia. He was trained as a physician before becoming a priest, and was finally ordained a bishop. When a wave of Christian persecution began, God instructed St. Blaise to hide in a desert cave. While he was in hiding, birds miraculously brought him food and sick men came to him to be healed. The king's hunters eventually discovered his cave and found it surrounded by a myriad of wild animals who came to the saint to be blessed, with Blaise able to walk freely among them. Recognizing him as the local bishop, the hunters took Blaise into custody. As he went with them he continued to preach and perform miracles along the way: he healed a boy choking to death on a bone, and commanded a wolf to release a captured pig belonging to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman killed her pig to feed St. Blaise in prison. He was eventually martyred under the reign of Licinius, his body torn with wool combs before being beheaded. Blaise is known as the patron saint of throat ailments, physicians, woolcombers, and wild animals. His feast is commemorated with the Blessing of the Throats, and is celebrated on February 3rd.

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Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Heb 13:1-8

Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9abc

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me,
even then will I trust.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
For he will hide me in his abode
in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me in the shelter of his tent,
he will set me high upon a rock.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Alleluia See Lk 8:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart,
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
and people were saying,
"John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
That is why mighty powers are at work in him."
Others were saying, "He is Elijah";
still others, "He is a prophet like any of the prophets."
But when Herod learned of it, he said,
"It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up."

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
"It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
"Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you."
He even swore many things to her,
"I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom."

She went out and said to her mother,
"What shall I ask for?"
Her mother replied, "The head of John the Baptist."
The girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request,
"I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist."
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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DAILY MEDITATION: MARK 6:14-29
Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers. (Mark 6:21)

Imagine being a guest at Herod's birthday feast. He is hosting a party in his own honor. On the menu: the finest cuts of lamb and veal, the creamiest hummus, juicy pomegranates, and the freshest fish, direct from the Sea of Galilee. All the signs of wealth and prosperity are present. What a privilege it would be to be there, mingling with Herod's "courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee" (Mark 6:21)!

Now, imagine being a guest at a very different feast. This banquet's host is Jesus, and it takes place every time his people gather to celebrate the Eucharist. Unlike Herod, Jesus is not honoring himself. He is honoring us with the gift of divine life. Whereas Herod has invited only the elite, Jesus invites everyone—rich and poor, proud and humble, satisfied and needy. And while Herod's guests have come expecting to play the power games that accompany all political banquets, Jesus wants us to come only to receive his healing and grace.

As for the menu at Jesus' banquet: bread and wine. Not the fresh-out-of-the-oven bread that Herod would have provided, but thin unleavened wafers. And not the choicest vintage, but everyday wine. But there's something about this food that sets it apart: it is a miracle. It may be simple, but it is transformed into a sacramental feast that has the power to transform every human heart.

Herod's banquet ends on an ominous note: with John the Baptist's severed head on a platter and the guests nervously wondering who his next victim might be. But Jesus' banquet ends with his guests secure in his love and desire to care for them.

At every Mass, Jesus spreads a banquet table for you. He invites you to feast on his word in Scripture and on his own Body and Blood. Ever the attentive host, he goes out of his way to make sure you are made to feel welcome and cared for. Then he asks you to go out into the world ready to show just as much care and concern for everyone around you. Or, to put it another way: "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life."

"Jesus, thank you for inviting me to your banquet of life!"

Hebrews 13:1-8

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From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
" The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?
Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith."

There is a death that many fear today, and it deals mostly with the ego, not necessarily a physical death, but fear of being less than. You may say nay, but I see it everywhere. The reason for "not liking" someone is a simple example. And there are even priests that will say "you don't HAVE to like somebody". This is bad. This is bad teaching. I've seen priests just like other people, living not liking somebody. I say this because it has everything to do with what is about to be said of God's will, and He desires a one-way love, being less than, not being afraid to love...to death.

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We pray today:
"Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear; Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust. The Lord is my light and my salvation."

People don't think we are in a war. We always have been from the beginning. This IS the church militant. We've been fooled to put our guard down, our weapons down, and become "neutral" as the world wants you to be, and this is the antiChrist with a false peace being offered. There is no peace except in Christ our Lord.

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In the Gospel today we heard:
" The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her."


Afterall, he had a reputation to maintain. Just like his wife Herodias who was insulted and hated, or just didn't like Saint John the Baptist. She thought "either he dies or I'm going to be scorned and ridiculed by his followers and the people".

From Bishop Barron today:
"Friends, today's Gospel gives an account of Herod's murder of John the Baptist. John is a proto-martyr, anticipating the martyrdom of many Christians.
Martyrdom has always been an important chapter of the Christian story, from believers in the early Church who refused to sacrifice to Rome's pagan gods, to great saints of the Middle Ages such as Thomas Becket and Thomas More who refused to compromise their beliefs for the sake of the state, to modern martyrs killed in what St. John Paul II called odium caritatis, "hatred of charity," such as Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.
In the early twenty-first century, martyrdom remains a stunningly common fact of Christian life. One high-end estimate for the number of Christian martyrs killed each year is one hundred thousand, while the low end is around eight thousand—ranging from one new martyr every five minutes to one every hour.
The example of the martyrs draws people to wonder what it is that would induce so many to make the ultimate sacrifice. The Church Father Tertullian said that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church," and it's a rare case of a theological maxim for which there's actually empirical confirmation.


We live in a world with a lap of luxury. Running water. Wars and evil 3rd world orders kept abreast. And comfort broods vipers. Right now, I'm feeling under the weather, taking antibiotics for upper respiratory infection. All things sin are far from my mind. But when I'm healthy and good, "oh boy, let's let the good times roll!" right? Why are we like that? Why do we forget to be thankful? Why do we forget we are never to be sinful? Puppy eyes right now, LOL. This guy showed up to work wondering why he hasn't been called in, with a sad demeanor to where the secretary messaged said he looked so sad. Truth is, he always misses work, and here we are over 2 weeks later and he's just now looking to return? I've already hired his replacement that drives every day about one hour to come appreciate the work!

Back to the ego. There is a battle of egos, in families, at work, and even in church. I hate it. People leave in an instant, it costs them nothing to: divorce, to quit, to leave the church. There is no value. There is no humility. It's as if you're more important than the rest, and "don't you ever cross me!".

Saint John the Baptist was not the first person to die because of Christ, no it was children under 2 years of age, and why did hundreds or thousands of infant boys die by being brutally murdered? An ego. Pride. Fear of being conquered.

Today, it is worse, milllions and millions are murdered in the womb. It is because of the ego. "I got more important things going on" is the mentality.
Oh really? Tell it to the judge! Our Lord Jesus the Christ!
He died for others, the opposite. And HE calls us to the same, to die for all, even your...enemies.
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Lord, I'm trying to follow You, help us and the whole world to realize Your Loving Truth, the message of being a body of Christ in Holy Reverence and Obedience...the very love and language of Heaven.
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6 Brothers,1 if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

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