Archive for November, 2008

In your patience you shall possess your souls. Lc 21,19 – St. Robert Bellarmine

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

What St. James writes of the virtue of patience is taught in other words by the Prophet David, by our Lord, and His Apostle. In the ninth Psalm, David says, “The patience of the poor shall not perish for ever,”(Ps 9,19), because it has a perfect work, and consequently its fruit will never decay. Just as we are wont to say that the labours of the husbandman are profitable when they produce a good crop, and are useless when they bring forth nothing, so patience is said never to perish because its effects and rewards will remain for ever. In the text we have just quoted, the word poor is interpreted as meaning the humble man who confesses that he is poor, and can neither do nor suffer anything without the help of God. In his treatise on patience, St. Austin shows that not only the poor, but even the rich, may possess true patience, provided they trust not in themselves but in God, from Whom, as really in want of all Divine gifts, they may ask and receive this favour. Our Lord seems to imply the same when He says in the Gospel, ” In your patience you shall possess your souls.”(Lc 21,19). For they only really possess their souls, that is, their life as their own, and of which nothing can deprive them, who endure with patience every affliction, even death itself, in order not to sin against God. And although by death they appear to lose their souls, still they do not lose them, but preserve them for ever. For the death of the just is not death, but a sleep, and may even be regarded as a sleep of short duration. But the impatient, who in order to preserve the life of the body, do not hesitate to sin by denying Christ, by worshipping idols, by yielding to their lustful desires, or by committing some other crime, appear indeed to preserve their life for a time, but in reality lose the life both of body and soul for ever. And as of the really patient it may with truth be said, “A hair of your head shall not perish,”(Lc 21,18) so of the impatient might we with equal truth exclaim: There is not a single member of your body that shall not be burnt in the fire of hell.
69 the Apostle confirms our opinion: “For patience is necessary for you, that doing the will of God you may receive the promise.”(He 10,36).
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source: Biblia Clerus
St. Robert Bellarmine The 7 Words

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Understanding the Conscience – Rosary Light & Life

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Father Paul K. Raftery,O.P.

UNDERSTANDING THE CONSCIENCE Part I: General principles
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UNDERSTANDING THE CONSCIENCE Part II: Full Maturity in Christ
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The Demonic Today – mp3 – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen – timely

Posted on November 6, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TheDemonicToday by Archbishop Sheen (Audio) 41 min

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CNNPolitics.com proclaims:
Barack Obama is ‘President of the world’- Story Highlights
Global media heralds the end of the Bush administration and the dawn of a new age
China Daily hopes for a “more cooperative and talk-savvy new America”
Times of India expresses concern that Obama will discourage outsourcing
Russia’s Pravda is ecstatic as “Eight years of hell are over”

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Servant and Steward – post election reflection

Posted on November 6, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The morning after – Fr. Daren Zehnle’s blog

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Once and for all God has started out on his journey toward us, and nothing, till the world’s end, will stop him from coming to us and abiding in us

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

from: INTO THE DARK WITH GOD
Hans Urs von Balthasar

+Rejoice then, for God himself has passed this way!
The Son took with him the awareness of doing the Father’s will.
He took with him the unceasing prayer that the Father’s will
would be done on the dark earth as in the brightness of heaven.

He took with him his rejoicing that the Father had hidden
these things from the wise and revealed them to babes,
to the simple and the poor.

“I am the way”, and this way is “the truth” for you;
along this way you will find “the life”.
Along “the way” that I am you will learn to
lose your life in order to find it;
you will learn to grow beyond yourselves
and your insincerity
into a truth that is greater than you are.

From a worldly point of view everything may
seem very dark;
your dedication may seem unproductive
and a failure.
But do not be afraid: you are on God’s path.

“Let not your hearts be troubled:
believe in God; believe also in me.”

I am walking on ahead of you
and blazing the trail of Christian love for you.

It leads to your most inaccessible brother,
the person most forsaken by God.
But it is the path of divine love itself.
You are on the right path.
All who deny themselves in order to
carry out love’s commission are on the right path.
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“Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you Good News of a great joy…
This day is born the Savior”, that is, he who,
as Son of God and Son of the Father,
has traveled
(in obedience to the Father)
the path that leads away from the Father
and into the darkness of the world.

Behind him omnipotence and freedom;
before, powerlessness, bonds and obedience.

Behind him the comprehensive divine vision;
before him the prospect of
the meaninglessness of death on the Cross between two criminals,

Behind him the bliss of life with the Father;
before him, grievous solidarity with all who do not know the Father,
do not want to know him
and deny his existence.

Miracles happen along this path.
Apparently insignificant miracles, noticed by hardly anyone.
The very finding of a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger—is this not a miracle in itself?

Then there is the miracle when
a particular mission, hidden in a person’s heart,
really reaches its goal,
bringing God’s peace and joy
where there were nothing but despair and resignation;
when someone succeeds in striking a tiny light
in the midst of an overpowering darkness.

When joy irradiates a heart
that no longer dared to believe in it.
Now and again we ourselves are assured
that the angel’s word we are trying to obey
will bring us to the place
where God’s Word and Son is already made man.

We are assured that, in spite of all the noise and nonsense,
today, December 25, is Christmas just as truly as two millennia ago.

Once and for all God has started out on his journey toward us,
and nothing, till the world’s end, will stop him
from coming to us and abiding in us.

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See that you refuse not Him that speaketh. Hebrews 12:25 Our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hebrews 12 Douay-Rheims Bible

1 And therefore we also having so great a cloud of
witnesses over our head,
laying aside every weight
and sin which surrounds us,
let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
2 Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith,
who having joy set before him, endured the cross,
despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition
from sinners against himself;
that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.
4 For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:
5 And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you,
as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord;
neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.
6 For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth;
and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 Persevere under discipline.
God dealeth with you as with his sons;
for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?
8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers,
then are you bastards, and not sons.
9 Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors,
and we reverenced them:
shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live?
10 And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us:
but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.
11 Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth
not to bring with it joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield,
to them that are exercised by it, the most peaceable fruit of justice.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13 And make straight steps with your feet:
that no one, halting, may go out of the way;
but rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.
15 Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be defiled.
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person,
as Esau; who for one mess, sold his first birthright.
17 For know ye that afterwards,
when he desired to inherit the benediction, he was rejected;
for he found no place of repentance, although with tears he had sought it.

18 For you are not come to a mountain that might be touched,
and a burning fire, and a whirlwind, and darkness, and storm,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words,
which they that heard excused themselves,
that the word might not be spoken to them:

20 For they did not endure that which was said:
And if so much as a beast shall touch the mount, it shall be stoned.
21 And so terrible was that which was seen, Moses said: I am frighted, and tremble.
22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to the company of many thousands of angels,
23 And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the heavens,
and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect,

24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.

25 See that you refuse him not that speaketh.
For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon the earth,
much more shall not we,
that turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven.

26 Whose voice then moved the earth; but now he promiseth,
saying: Yet once more, and I will move not only the earth, but heaven also.
27 And in that he saith, Yet once more, he signifieth the translation
of the moveable things as made, that those things may remain which are immoveable.

28 Therefore receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace;
whereby let us serve, pleasing God, with fear and reverence.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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The World the Soul and Things.mp3 Archibishop Fulton J. Sheen

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The World the Soul and Things.mp3

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1November 2008 Zechariah 12:10- The spirit of grace and of supplication

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto me whom they have pierced: and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
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