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.

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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.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is your focus?

When you are at a social event or out and about, what do you focus upon with other people?

The entertainments?
What people are wearing?
The conversations?
Seeing God in others?
Whether someone is needing to have a listening ear?
Assisting the host or hostess?

When out and about and distracted, much of one's personal current spiritual level and growth is revealed when one is caught off guard.

It is easy to fall back into old judgmental habits about others such as being the fashion police or gossiping about others. This Lent, please consider conquering the habit of policing the clothing fashions and gossiping. Getting into better habits of holy attitudes is always a worthwhile effort.

Try this

Or this 



Not this.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

He is coming: Advent

Advent is our time of preparation to celebrate Christ's Birth and also to anticipate His Second Coming to bring us into His Kingdom. Let us prepare for Him by relearning and practicing the Virtues of our Faith, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Man's Vocation: Life in the Spirit: The Dignity of the Human Person: The Virtues.
Question 390: What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? 
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections formed in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. 
The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them:
  • charity
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • generosity
  • gentleness
  • faithfulness
  • modesty
  • self-control, and
  • chastity (Galatians 5:22-23, Vulgate)
CCC #1832
Let us seek to become more like Jesus in this quiet time of waiting.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Tapestry

The Tapestry

The world and Life will often frustrate us when we discover we are not in control after all, be it of our own lives or the lives of others. Grief, discouragement, and failure flummox our plans.

There is an insight that surfaces from time to time from those who seek to comfort the beset individual:

Life is like a tapestry that is large, beautiful, and intricate. In this life we can only see the tapestry from the back. All of the dark colors and loose threads seem chaotic and incoherent, making no sense. When we die and meet God He turns the tapestry over and we can finally see the design woven in beauty and balance. 

I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. Jeremiah 29:11

It is not in our plans that we can trust. Rather, let us cling to God’s Will and His Divine plan for us all.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Praying

We arise and we pray.
We work and we pray.
We go to bed and pray.
A day hemmed in prayer does not unravel as a popular saying tells us.

Prayer is powerful; sacrifice and prayer is the most powerful force in human history according to St. John Paul II.

Why is it so simple and yet so hard to do? Is it because we feel the need to see results? Prayers can take years to be answered but pray we must. Perseverance and patience in prayer is an alliterative way to remember this.

So let us persevere in prayer and not be swayed by pressure to see results. To paraphrase some adverts:
Prayer: don't leave home without it.
Have you prayed today?
Got prayer?
Just do it.

Friday, August 1, 2014

World Day of Prayer, Adoration and Fasting for Persecuted Christians

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FFSP) has organized a worldwide day of prayer and adoration — and fasting, if you can do it — for the sake of our suffering Christian brethren in Iraq and Syria, and possibly elsewhere.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2014/08/01/a-day-of-prayer-and-adoration-for-iraqi-syrian-christians-and-more/#ixzz3996H1Qb8

Monday, June 23, 2014

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

We have an urgent prayer request. Please storm heaven to defeat this vile effort. 

The Democrats in the Senate are trying to pass a bill that will obliterate any and all pro-life legislation. The bill will suppress the Supreme Court decisions that are pro-life and will also negate any and all states' rights that support life and prohibit dangerous abortion practices. Please pray that Senate Bill 1696 is defeated. 

Read on for more info.
Senate Democrats Pushing Bill to Wipe Out Every Single Pro-Life Law on Abortion
by William Saunders and Mary Harned 

Few Americans are aware that a “Gosnell Prerogative Act” has been introduced in Congress. This bill would permit the grisliest abortion providers—like the now-convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell—to set the standard of care for abortion.

Unsurprisingly, this bill is not actually called the “Gosnell Prerogative Act”—instead, S.1696 is deceptively titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act.” However, it is difficult to imagine a bill less protective of women and their unborn children.

In spite of court interference, we have made great strides in the enactment and defense of state legislation that regulates and limits abortions since Roe v. Wade, with approximately 160 laws enacted across the country between 2011 and 2013 alone.

Now, imagine the laws in 32 states requiring varying degrees of informed consent prior to an abortion invalidated overnight. Twenty laws prohibiting partial-birth abortion – gone. Twenty-nine state laws requiring abortion clinics to meet some degree of safety standards—gone. Other abortion bans, admitting privileges requirements, regulations on abortion-inducing drugs, ultrasound requirements, and limitations on the use of public funds and facilities for abortions and abortion training–all gone.

Imagine the vast majority of pro-life laws wiped out with the enactment of a single piece of federal legislation. That is the purpose behind S. 1696.

S. 1696 attempts to override U.S. Supreme Court precedent and other legal standards and would logically permit abortionists to set the standard of care for their patients with no oversight from the state and no effective remedies for the abortion industry’s abuses. This bill could reasonably be interpreted to invalidate virtually any type of state restriction or regulation on abortion, and would also prohibit the future enactment of any of these laws.

S. 1696 adopts the myths that abortion is good for women, asserting that it is “essential to women’s health,” and, condescendingly, that abortion is “central to women’s ability to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States.”

Abortion advocates understand that Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned in the future. Abortion providers are also shaken by the success of pro-life laws enacted across the country. One surefire way to guarantee that the abortion industry continues to flourish in this country would be to enact federal legislation that invalidates state pro-life laws.

Shamefully, the abortion industry is pursuing this strategy in the name of protecting women, when in reality they are much more concerned about protecting their pocket book.

The Supreme Court has acknowledged that abortion is fundamentally different than any other procedure. No other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a human life. Abortion is “fraught with consequences” that do not exist with other “procedures.”

States must be free to regulate abortion differently than they regulate life-affirming healthcare. Congress should not even consider a bill that would obliterate over four decades of labor on behalf of our unborn children and their mothers. Surely, the Gosnell scandal taught us that much.

The Gosnell Prerogative Act is an insult to all those who suffered because of Gosnell – and others like him. It should never see the light of day.



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