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FINALLY A NEW BEGINNING

Finally a new resolution
Remember the end is not the end.
Today we search another solution
From that old worn, tired trend.

Finally, we turn the page
The time is now.
We stand alone on the stage
Afraid to take that vow.

Finally, ask that question
Should God come into my life?
What a great suggestion
Get rid of all that strife.

Finally, you wonder
What is His design?
Fear not to blunder
Just seek, and you shall find.

 

via Daily Prompt: Finally

 

 

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REMEMBERING

A long, long time ago when I was in kindergarten back in the middle 40’s, an excellent nun would have us recite this tender little prayer each day.  I still remember it!  childrenJesus hanging on the cross,
Tell me was it I?
There are great big teardrops, Lord,
Did I make you cry?
I have been a naughty child
Naughty as can be.
Now I am so sorry Lord;
Please come down to pardon me!

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The Fourth Wise Man

 

You are that fourth Wise Man, your destiny is to seek Him.  Yet this short note just before Christmas is about the prayer we know as The Magnificat.  The Magnificat also a perfect Christmas prayer as you know when you meditate on the words.   I begged God for a better understanding of it. Perhaps it was an inspiration or just a coincidence for that evening I tuned into a movie on youtube titled “The Fourth Wise Man.”

I was thinking that day about the words contained within the prayer The Magnificat, “He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.”
While watching the story on youtube, which is about a particular young man who sold all his possessions for a purse filled with gems. His plan was to present these jewels to the King he was seeking. He set out to meet up with the other three kings but missed them. Always a day late and he could never catch up. His journey turned into years of searching for the baby born in Bethlehem yet; he found himself always behind the footsteps of the Holy Family. As the years went by and realizing the Child had grown, he searched among the rich and powerful thinking; this is where his King would be. Finally meeting up with someone with knowledge of the whereabouts of Jesus, he was told to seek Him among the poor. “The poor!” he exclaimed, why the poor he thought. Was He not a King? He wondered.
The words of the Magnificat suddenly had new meaning for me. A little light lite up and the words of the Magnificat came together in my heart; it was His gift of grace that filled the poor and had exalted them, while the rich were sent away because of their pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SILVER or GOLD?

All I want for Christmas is …
We hear a lot of that about this time of the year, “What are you hoping to get from Santa? What do you want? I hope I get this or maybe that!”
Instead of thinking about what we want, let’s consider what we need. “Want” as defined as a desire for something; “Need” as defined as requirement, essential, necessity. There is a difference in the meaning. The things we want today, are usually tossed in the corner tomorrow, but the things we need will be appreciated sooner or later.
One valuable Christmas suggestion would be GOLD!
I remember learning in school that a Mass offered for your loved one after death is like giving them SILVER, but a Mass provided while they are living is like giving them GOLD. It is worth so much more than just gold if we only knew.
We all need to save our soul, give the gift that will last forever, have a Mass offered for your loved one. They may not want it today, but they will need it for tomorrow and ever after.
When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: First, to pray the Mass reverently and validly. Second, to offer the Mass in union with and for the good of the whole Church. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention. We find the origins of this practice dating back to the early Church with Mass intentions pleading for a soul buried there inscribed on tombs in Roman catacombs.
GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A MIRACLE!

ChristmasCardHere we read in Mirae Caritatis ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII:
“In every place there is a sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a pure oblation” (Mal. i., II). And this miracle, itself the very greatest of its kind, is accompanied by innumerable other miracles; for here all the laws of nature are suspended; the whole substance of the bread and wine are changed into the Body and the Blood; the species of bread and wine are sustained by the divine power without the support of any underlying substance; the Body of Christ is present in many places at the same time, that is to say, wherever the Sacrament is consecrated. And in order that human reason may the more willingly pay its homage to this great mystery, there have not been wanting, as an aid to faith, certain prodigies wrought in His honour, both in ancient times and in our own, of which in more than one place there exist public and notable records and memorials. It is plain that by this Sacrament faith is fed, in it, the mind finds its nourishment, the objections of rationalists are brought to naught, and abundant light is thrown on the supernatural order.

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Voice from Long Ago

Saint Optatus, Bishop of Milevum, Confessor, and one of the Fathers of the Church whose name occurs in the Roman Martyrology on June 4th. Listen carefully to his voice speaking from the fourth century; and apply these words to our present day crisis. Our Saint not only rebukes the errors of Donatism with spoken words. He is also well-known for his books against Parmenian, the successor of Donatus (Bishop of Carthage); Donatus who eventually spawned Donatism.
The Donatist’s already condemned at the Council of Nicaea in the year 325, are not meant to be the subject of this writing. Those who have ears to hear, I challenge you! Find, recognize the errors of past centuries than comparing them with this writing from an early edition of “The Lives of the Saints” dated 1864. You will agree, I feel,
that words and actions of yesterday’s Saints still hold true today. Myblog
The article quoted below states historical facts that the Donatists having gained the keepers of the treasury of the church of Carthage; got possession of the gold and silver chalices, other vessels and precious ornaments that belonged to that church, located in Carthage. Sounds much like a small apostasy happening then, but now much of the same continue to occur only universally.
St. Optatus who … Then proceeds to show that the Donatists cannot be the true church, “because,” says he, “in them where is the propriety of the Catholic name; cooped up as they are in one little part of Africa, in one corner of a single country? Whereas the Church is Catholic or universal and is spread everywhere.” He shows by several texts of the prophets this universality to be one of the essential characteristics of the Church. He adds as other marks, its unity, sanctity, and the chair of Peter, “which,” says he, “is ours; and by this, it is plain that we possess its other prerogatives.” He adds; “Peter sat first in this chair, and was succeeded by Linus.” He names the bishops of Rome from him down to Siricius, “at this day.” says he, “united in our fraternity, in which the whole world agrees with us joined in one communion.
St. Optatus often speaks of the holy oil and chrism and relates that “certain Donatists also caused a bottle full of holy oil to be thrown out of a window on purpose to break it. Though it was cast down from a very high place, yet being supported by angels, it fell upon the stones without breaking.” He says, “that the furious Donatist mob broke down the altars, which the Catholics had made use of: “on which he writes as follows: “What hath Jesus Christ done to you,” says he to the Donatists, “that you should destroy the altars on which He rests? Why do ye break the sacred tables where Jesus Christ makes His abode? You have imitated the crime of the Jews; for as they put Jesus Christ to death upon the cross, so ye have beaten Him upon these altars.” He then objects to their ridiculous inconsistency: “All the faithful know,” says he, “that linen cloths are laid upon the altars for the celebration of the Holy Mysteries. The Eucharist does not touch the wood of the altars, but only the linen cloths. Why then do you break, why do you scrape, why do you burn the wood of the altar?
He passes to other accusations still more grievous and says: “You have also redoubled your sacrilege breaking the chalices which carried the Blood of Jesus Christ; you have melted them down to make ingots of gold and silver, which you have sold in the markets indifferently to every one that offered to buy them. O enormous crime! O unheard of impiety! The Holy Eucharist itself they threw to beasts, what could be more impious? Your bishops commanded the Eucharist to be thrown to the dogs, but presently visible tokens of the divine anger appeared; for the same dogs, being enraged, turned upon their masters, and with their avenging teeth, bit and tore those who were guilty of profaning the Holy Body!”
The saint also mentions with having compelled their sacred virgins to lay aside the veils which they wore, and the little mitres which they put upon their heads as signs or marks of their profession, and to wear mitres of another color, and another sort of linen.
Saint Optatus survived the year 384, but the time of his death is not known. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Please think long on this last sentence of advice from the author of said article.

<<<<<<<<<<<Hence, the ancient fathers charge us not to make shipwreck of our faith. As we value our everlasting happiness and they took so many pains to point to the rocks upon which so many have split and to show the highway which Christ Himself has chalked out; which is His true Church. >>>>