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Isaiah 19:1 The idols of Egypt shall be moved at His Presence

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift cloud, and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst thereof.

Isaiah 19:1
Douay-Rheims

http://multilingualbible.com/isaiah/19-1.htm

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Manila 7/24/08 "Muslim warriors" threaten Bishop in Philippines

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Catholic World News
http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=59851

Manila, Jul. 24, 2008 (CNA/CWNews.com) –
A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines’ Basilan province has received a letter from self-described “Muslim warriors,” possibly linked to Abu Sayyaf, who are threatening him with harm if he does not convert to Islam or pay “Islamic taxes.”
Further, authorities are seeking the return of three adults and two children, all Catholics, who were kidnapped in the same area this week.
On July 19 Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela sent a copy of the threatening letter to Church-run Radio Veritas in Quezon City, UCA News reports. Bishop Jumoad told UCA News that a student at Claret College in Isabela was told to give the letter to the school secretary who could pass it along to the bishop.
The writers of the letter claimed to be “Muslim warriors” who “don’t follow any laws other than the Qur’an.” They say the bishop should convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax, called a jizya, to their group in exchange for protecting him “in the place of Muslims.” If the bishop refuses, the letter threatened, “force, weapons or war may be used” against him. Citing bombings in other Philippines cities, the letter said he should not feel safe even if protected by soldiers.
Bishop Jumoad was given two mobile cell phone numbers and told he had fifteen days to respond. The letter bore the two names “Puruji Indama” and “Nur Hassan J. Kallitut,” both of whom were titled “Mujahiddin.” The letter was accompanied by a letterhead in the local dialect that said “Al-Harakatul Islamiyya.” The bishop said he has seen the phrase “Al-Harakatul” in kidnapping incidents in Basilan involving the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. He also reported that other Catholics have said they are receiving threatening letters. “Bishop, we are disoriented and we cannot sleep. What is our reaction to this?” they have reportedly said.
On July 21 the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’’ CBCP News reported that three adults and two children who are members of a parish in Basilan had been kidnapped from a public jeep. Provincial administrator Talib A. Barahim on Tuesday told UCA News that no one has reported receiving a ransom demand.
Muslims who commit violence were rebuked at a joint conference between Catholic bishops and Muslim scholars on Monday in Manila, where Hamid Barra, the Muslim convener of the conference, underlined Islamic belief in the sacredness of life.
“It is God who gave life; he is the only one authorized to take life,” he said.
Barra, an Islamic law expert, explained that non-Muslims protected by an Islamic state are required to pay the jizya tax, which is used to support the needy, but no such payment is required in a non-Islamic state.

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Turkey – 7/24/08 Trabzon in an uproar over lighthouse in the form of a cross

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

AsiaNews.it
http://www.asianews.it/view4print.php?l=en&art=12842

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Maronite Chant- Office of St. Sharbel Makhlouf – Maronite Priest & Hermit- audio

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rouhi
Lmalkout rawmo
Fchito
Ya Mar Charbel
Soughito
Hdaw zadiqe
Nghido
Qom fawlos
Satrounon
Abou dqouchto
Ramremayn
Soughito
Rannimou lirrabbi
Aalleluia
Bo’out mor ya’coub (benedition))
Soughito


Psaum 150
Hallili
Soughito (music)
Charbel, mouwatinoul’alamain
Abo dqouchto
Psaume 150 (music)
Hayedt mor
Charbel
Psaum 133
Charbel illibnani
Soughito
Charbel illibnani (music)

The Life of St. Sharbel Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born in 1828, in Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon). He had a true Christian upbringing, which had given him a passion for prayer. Then he followed his two hermit uncles in the hermitage of St Antonious Kozhaya monastery and was converted to monastic and hermetical life.
In 1851, he left his family village and headed for the Our Lady of Maifouk monastery to spend his first monastic year, and then he went to St Maron monastery in Annaya, where he entered the Maronite Order, carrying the name Charbel, a name of one of the Antioch church martyrs of the second century. On November 1st. 1853, he exposed his ceremonial vows in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. Then he completed his theological studies in St Kobrianous and Justina monastery in Kfifan, Batroun.
He was ordained a priest in Bkerky, the Maronite Patriarchate, on July 23rd, 1859. He lived 16 years in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. From there, he entered, on February 15th, 1875, St Peter & Paul hermitage, which belongs to the monastery. He was a typical saint and hermit, who spent his time praying and worshipping. Rarely had he left the hermitage where he followed the way of the saintly hermits in prayers, life and practice.
St Charbel lived in the hermitage for 23 years. On December 16th, 1898 he was struck with an illness while performing the holy mass. He died on Christmas’ eve, December 24th, 1898, and was buried in St Maron monastery cemetery in Annaya.
Few months later, dazzling lights were seen around the grave. From there, his corpse, which had been secreting sweat and blood, was transferred into a special coffin. Hordes of pilgrims started to swarm the place to gain his intercession. And through this intercession, God blessed many people with recovery and spiritual graces.
In 1925, his beatification and canonization were proposed for declaration by Pope Pious XI. In 1950, the grave was opened in the presence of an official committee which included doctors who verified the soundness of the body. After the grave had been opened and inspected, the variety of healing incidents amazingly multiplied. A multitude of pilgrims from different religious facets started flocking to Annaya to seek the saint’s intercession.
Prodigies reached beyond the Lebanese borders. This unique phenomenon caused a moral revolution, the return to faith and the reviving of the virtues of the soul.
New Order of Maronite Sisters in New York, USA
called the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
The congregation will be started by Sister Marla Marie Lucas, a sister of 26 years in the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, who has been given permission to leave her Monroe, N.Y.-based congregation to begin this work. Sr. Marla Marie, the daughter of Lucas John Lucas and the late Zahia Beshara NeJaime Lucas, grew up with a deep appreciation of her Maronite heritage.
“The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light is a timely gift of the Holy Spirit to our Church. Over the years, many religious vocations from our Maronite faithful have entered the Latin Church congregations, as I did,” says Sr. Marla Marie. “Young women in our Church now have the opportunity to live out and deepen their Eastern spiritual heritage in service to Maronite parishes. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model and inspiration.”
Radiating Christ’s Light
The identification of the congregation with Mary is key the element of its charism, says Sr. Marla Marie, who chose “servants” as part of their name after Mary’s own pronouncement at the Annunciation that she was “the servant of the Lord.” Then, “Christ the Light” draws on a pre-eminent image of Jesus in spirituality, particularly in the writings of St. Ephrem, explainsSr. Marla Marie. “Our liturgy is woven throughout with reference to Christ as light or different metaphors of light.”
“As consecrated women, we are to radiate the light of Christ, the light of his merciful love and hope to those we serve,” she says.
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Accomplish your will in me, Lord…. It belongs to you to do everything, divine Heart of Jesus Christ – St. Claude la Colombiere

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"In the end, life is not about accumulation. It is much more than success. To be truly alive is to be transformed from within – Pope Benedict WYD08

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“In the end, life is not about accumulation.
It is much more than success.
To be truly alive is to be
transformed from within,
open to the energy of God’s love.

In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit
you too can transform your families,
communities and nations.
Set free the gifts!
Let wisdom, courage, awe and reverence
be the marks of greatness!”

Benedict XVI – Homily for Vigil of the Closing Mass of WYD2008

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Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye – St. Matthew 7:5

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

PRUDENCE IN ETERNAL AFFAIRS, BL. CLAUDE DE LA COLOMBIERE

***

Lately I have been thinking
that the obligation and desire of
working on ones’ sins and faults
and pursuing love of God in purity of heart in faith
is not selfish or self centered, or intolerant
(there, I said it!)
but it is
actually a work of charity
toward God, ourselves and others.

We are not to ignore the beam in our own eyes
and render ourselves blind…. and say we do not see the speck in
our brothers eye… as we all go over the cliff into the abyss.

We are in a battle.

We have obligation to get in spiritual “good shape” to
do our job of protecting the treasure God has entrusted
to us – His Divine grace in our souls. His life in us.
His work in the world. His Presence.

As the guardians of each others hearts and souls
-in charity we are seriously obliged to pursue the perfection
of the Gospel with God’s grace and to thereby
be made into instruments of God’s peace.

Peace was made by the Blood of His Cross.

God’s peace has nothing to do with calling good evil and evil good.
Grace is not cheap.
Look at Jesus Crucified.
Look at Mary beneath the cross.

We are to be prepared to be able to assist one another in removing
the blinding sins from our lives … this is an act of charity.
We are to hold each other up even when wounded and limping
all the way there. We are to pour in our tears and love to the wounds
and wrap them ’round with the bands of love.
The gift of good example is a powerful and precious remedy for the
toxic environment we are in.

Our actions speak louder and better than most of our words.

I dare not presume to correct others with my speech
while the beam in my own eye reminds me of my need for mercy
but my struggles to live what I know to be true,
even with the falls along the way are
a silent illustration of the Truth
a long as I do not excuse myself,
as long as I do not give up.

The grace flowing from the Heart of God
from my poor efforts at conversion may assist my brother
to realize his vision is impaired as well .

It is not selfish to choose the state of life
where one can best achieve the goal of their conversion
and sanctification.

You cannot give what you do not have.
God deserves my entire heart.
Deus meus, et omnia!
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To all His faithful souls, God promises a glorious victory over the powers of the world and of hell.- Abandonment to Divine Providence

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: God | Tags: , , , , , , |

I shall no longer count the times and the

manner of your approach, my beloved.
YOU will always be welcome.
It seems to me, dear Will of God,
that you have revealed to me your greatness
and there is now no longer anything I can do
outside its embrace, which is the same
yesterday,tomorrow and forever…
I shall no longer go begging, as it were,
from door to door for food for my soul,
nor shall I seek anything at all from
any created being or thing.
Dear Lord, I mean to live so that
I may honor you
as the son (daughter) of a father who is
infinitely wise, good, and powerful.
I intend to live according to my beliefs;
and, as your will governs all things at all times
and is always for my benefit,
I will live on this vast income,
which can never fail,
is always present and always available
to do me the greatest possible good.
Is there any creature whose works can equal
those performed by GOD?
Since his uncreated hands do everything for me,
why should I run about seeking help from
ignorant, helpless creatures
who have no real affection for me?
I should die of thirst if I rushed
from fountain to fountain,
from stream to stream
when by my side
is an immeasurable stretch of water
poured out by your hand.
Where else do I need to look?
You give me bread to feed me,
soap to cleanse me,
fire to purify me,
and a chisel to shape my human form
into one worthy of heaven.
You give me everything I need.

– p 53-53 Abandonment to Divine Providence
Fr. Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J.
translation by John Beevers

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Isaiah 19:1 The idols of Egypt shall be moved at His Presence

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The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift cloud, and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst thereof.

Isaiah 19:1
Douay-Rheims

http://multilingualbible.com/isaiah/19-1.htm

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Maronite Chant- Office of St. Sharbel Makhlouf – Maronite Priest & Hermit- audio

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


rouhi
Lmalkout rawmo
Fchito
Ya Mar Charbel
Soughito
Hdaw zadiqe
Nghido
Qom fawlos
Satrounon
Abou dqouchto
Ramremayn
Soughito
Rannimou lirrabbi
Aalleluia
Bo’out mor ya’coub (benedition))
Soughito


Psaum 150
Hallili
Soughito (music)
Charbel, mouwatinoul’alamain
Abo dqouchto
Psaume 150 (music)
Hayedt mor
Charbel
Psaum 133
Charbel illibnani
Soughito
Charbel illibnani (music)

The Life of St. Sharbel Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born in 1828, in Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon). He had a true Christian upbringing, which had given him a passion for prayer. Then he followed his two hermit uncles in the hermitage of St Antonious Kozhaya monastery and was converted to monastic and hermetical life.
In 1851, he left his family village and headed for the Our Lady of Maifouk monastery to spend his first monastic year, and then he went to St Maron monastery in Annaya, where he entered the Maronite Order, carrying the name Charbel, a name of one of the Antioch church martyrs of the second century. On November 1st. 1853, he exposed his ceremonial vows in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. Then he completed his theological studies in St Kobrianous and Justina monastery in Kfifan, Batroun.
He was ordained a priest in Bkerky, the Maronite Patriarchate, on July 23rd, 1859. He lived 16 years in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. From there, he entered, on February 15th, 1875, St Peter & Paul hermitage, which belongs to the monastery. He was a typical saint and hermit, who spent his time praying and worshipping. Rarely had he left the hermitage where he followed the way of the saintly hermits in prayers, life and practice.
St Charbel lived in the hermitage for 23 years. On December 16th, 1898 he was struck with an illness while performing the holy mass. He died on Christmas’ eve, December 24th, 1898, and was buried in St Maron monastery cemetery in Annaya.
Few months later, dazzling lights were seen around the grave. From there, his corpse, which had been secreting sweat and blood, was transferred into a special coffin. Hordes of pilgrims started to swarm the place to gain his intercession. And through this intercession, God blessed many people with recovery and spiritual graces.
In 1925, his beatification and canonization were proposed for declaration by Pope Pious XI. In 1950, the grave was opened in the presence of an official committee which included doctors who verified the soundness of the body. After the grave had been opened and inspected, the variety of healing incidents amazingly multiplied. A multitude of pilgrims from different religious facets started flocking to Annaya to seek the saint’s intercession.
Prodigies reached beyond the Lebanese borders. This unique phenomenon caused a moral revolution, the return to faith and the reviving of the virtues of the soul.
New Order of Maronite Sisters in New York, USA
called the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
The congregation will be started by Sister Marla Marie Lucas, a sister of 26 years in the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, who has been given permission to leave her Monroe, N.Y.-based congregation to begin this work. Sr. Marla Marie, the daughter of Lucas John Lucas and the late Zahia Beshara NeJaime Lucas, grew up with a deep appreciation of her Maronite heritage.
“The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light is a timely gift of the Holy Spirit to our Church. Over the years, many religious vocations from our Maronite faithful have entered the Latin Church congregations, as I did,” says Sr. Marla Marie. “Young women in our Church now have the opportunity to live out and deepen their Eastern spiritual heritage in service to Maronite parishes. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model and inspiration.”
Radiating Christ’s Light
The identification of the congregation with Mary is key the element of its charism, says Sr. Marla Marie, who chose “servants” as part of their name after Mary’s own pronouncement at the Annunciation that she was “the servant of the Lord.” Then, “Christ the Light” draws on a pre-eminent image of Jesus in spirituality, particularly in the writings of St. Ephrem, explainsSr. Marla Marie. “Our liturgy is woven throughout with reference to Christ as light or different metaphors of light.”
“As consecrated women, we are to radiate the light of Christ, the light of his merciful love and hope to those we serve,” she says.
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