Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Preparing for winter

The bees have started their winter syrup to sustain them in the cold months. We are to have a colder than usual winter this year according to the almanac and the fattening of the squirrels and chipmunks verify that. The animals too are growing coats much thicker than usual. 

We pray for travelling mercies for Pope Francis as he traverses Cuba and the USA. Most certainly his job is difficult at best and draining at worst. May the Holy Spirit sustain him.

There is an issue causing division among religious groups since June. Even among the liberal factions and groups, there are those who support Biblical marriage and refuse to be bullied or manipulated by the homosexual lobbies. Our faith is based upon Biblical Truth and Tradition and cannot be changed.

May God bless your day and your night.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

True Trust, True Wealth, True Security and God's Wisdom

Proverbs 3Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Admonition to Trust and Honor God

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
    and abundant welfare will they give you.
Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them about your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute[a]
    in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh[b]
    and refreshment[c] to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your substance
    and with the first fruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

The True Wealth

Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
    and the man who gets understanding,
for the gain from it is better than gain from silver
    and its profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
    and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
    those who hold her fast are called happy.

God’s Wisdom in Creation

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;
by his knowledge the deeps broke forth,
    and the clouds drop down the dew.

The True Security

My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion;
    let them not escape from your sight,[d]
and they will be life for your soul
    and adornment for your neck.
Then you will walk on your way securely
    and your foot will not stumble.
If you sit down,[e] you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
    or of the ruin[f] of the wicked, when it comes;
for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it[g] is due,
    when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
Do not plan evil against your neighbor
    who dwells trustingly beside you.
Do not contend with a man for no reason,
    when he has done you no harm.
Do not envy a man of violence
    and do not choose any of his ways;
for the perverse man is an abomination to the Lord,
    but the upright are in his confidence.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the abode of the righteous.
Toward the scorners he is scornful,
    but to the humble he shows favor.
The wise will inherit honor,
    but fools get[h] disgrace.


  1. Proverbs 3:4 Cn: Heb understanding
  2. Proverbs 3:8 Heb navel
  3. Proverbs 3:8 Or medicine
  4. Proverbs 3:21 Reversing the order of the clauses
  5. Proverbs 3:24 Gk: Heb lie down
  6. Proverbs 3:25 Heb storm
  7. Proverbs 3:27 Heb Do not withhold good from its owners
  8. Proverbs 3:35 Cn: Heb exalt

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Psalm 37

God is mightier than man-made laws: God will not be mocked. Let us continue to place our trust in God, persevere in our discipleship, and He will act.

Psalm 37 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition 

Exhortation to Patience and Trust

A Psalm of David.

Fret not yourself because of the wicked,

    be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass,
    and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your vindication as the light,
    and your right as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the wicked shall be cut off;
    but those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look well at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall possess the land,
    and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12 The wicked plots against the righteous,
    and gnashes his teeth at him;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows,
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those who walk uprightly;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.
16 Better is a little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will abide for ever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times,
    in the days of famine they have abundance.
20 But the wicked perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures,
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back,
    but the righteous is generous and gives;
22 for those blessed by the Lord shall possess the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a man are from the Lord,
    and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord is the stay of his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging bread.
26 He is ever giving liberally and lending,
    and his children become a blessing.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
    so shall you abide for ever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his saints.
The righteous shall be preserved for ever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall possess the land,
    and dwell upon it for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.
32 The wicked watches the righteous,
    and seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not abandon him to his power,
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34 Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
    and he will exalt you to possess the land;
    you will look on the destruction of the wicked.
35 I have seen a wicked man overbearing,
    and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.[a]
36 Again I[b] passed by, and lo, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright,
    for there is posterity for the man of peace.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.

Psalm 37:35 Gk: Heb obscure

Psalm 37:36 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb he
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Busy Springing into Summer

The fields and gardens are planted and at last May is in terminus. It has been a very long month of hard work and wonky news.

Those of us who take our discipleship to Christ seriously have a sense of a battle being waged for souls. As can be expected, there are those who become anxious and those who are ready for the fight. In Ephesians we read how we can prepare for the battles ahead:

So let us Pray, Hope and not worry as St. Pio reminds us. If it helps, print out these reminders to stay anchored in the Word of God, in the Sacraments, in Prayer and in Hope:

Ephesians 6:10-18Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; 16 above all taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015


The seasons are changing. In the Northern hemisphere Plain Catholics are busy planting their gardens. In the Southern hemisphere Plain Catholics are harvesting their gardens. This life is full of change and full of hope for the future.

God never changes. He loves us eternally. Let's persevere in our discipleship walk with Him and never lose faith, hope and charity.
Benedicamus Domino!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Taming of the Tongue

The temptation is great to be a nation of opinions rather than actions. Twitter, Instagram and other social media encourages us in the vanity and pride of our own opinions.

Scripture and the Saints teach us that we give witness to Christ by the charity and kindness of our deeds; not the vanity of our words/opinions. Here are just a few pieces of many Scripture references that emphasize this fact. It would be good to spend this Lenten season in the study of Scripture and forming the beautiful habit of listening to the Lord instead being a "noisy gong" as St. Paul calls it.


When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.

1 Corinthians 13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

James 3 
Taming the Tongue
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind, but no human being can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Matthew 5:16 So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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