(Deuteronomy 30:19)


(Deuteronomy 30:19)

...I have set before you life and death...Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.


Friday, December 1, 2017

SAVED BY SWEETNESS


SAVED BY SWEETNESS For one soul saved by scolding and fault-finding, ten are saved by sweetness. For one soul saved by fear of hell, ten are saved by the thought of the love of God. A gentle voice and a pleasant face make religion beautiful to the miserable and the sinful, whereas gloomy looks and a harsh or condescending manner make religion seem a thing to be avoided. Do you wish to draw souls to God? Then let your souls reflect His love. Be gentle, be sweet, be patient. Practical people may sometimes condemn you, but only thus can you imitate our Blessed Lord. 

Reference:

November 26, 2017 LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST bulletin from https://www.SGG.org

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Helpers of God's Precious Infants

I received an email from our dear friends of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants in Seattle:

A great prayer for Life is urgently needed, a prayer that will rise up throughout the World ( Saint John Paul ll ). The most effective weapon we have to end abortion is Prayer and Jesus himself
has shown us by his own example that prayer and fasting are first and foremost the most effective weapons against the forces of evil ( Mt 4: 1-11 ). During the judgment upon our death,
everyone one of us will be asked: “ and what did you do for these least of my brethren? “ Lord I am entirely at your disposal. Make use of me and do with me as you will. Show me what I must do
to defend the Life of the unborn and bring to you all those who are burdened by the sin of abortion”.
Please join us, bring your family for this peaceful prayer on Saturday, Jan. 14, and if you can’t be there I ask you to pray a rosary for the love and support these women need to choose LIFE.
Matt and Georgene,
The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

So nice to hear from family and friends...

Christmas Readings

And following is from Brandon Vogt of Deeper Gospel:

John 1:1-18


In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man's decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father's only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
"This was he of whom I said,
'The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'"
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side,
has revealed him.


Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.


As when our ship is near shore and cities and ports pass in view before us that on the open sea vanish and leave nothing to fix the eye on, so the Evangelist here takes us with him in his flight above the created world leaving the eye to gaze upon emptiness and an unlimited expanse.…

For the intellect, having ascended to "the beginning," enquires, "What beginning?" Finding then that the "was" in the text exceeds its imagination, [the intellect] has no point on which to focus its thought. Looking intently onward but being unable to fix its gaze, it becomes wearied and turns back to things below. Indeed, this expression, "was in the beginning," is expressive of eternal and infinite being.


St. John Chrysostom
(344 - 407)


Source:
"Homilies on the Gospel of John 2.9," Joel C. Elowsky, ed., John 1–10, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 7.
Someone perhaps may ask with good reason why it was not said, "In the beginning was the Word of God, and the Word of God was with God, and the Word of God was God." But one who asks this … is proposing that there are many words, and perhaps different kinds of words of which one is the word of God, and another, let us say, is the word of angels, and another the word of people.…

For every person imaginable would admit that the truth is one. No one would dare say, in the case of [truth] too, that the truth of God is one thing, and that of the angels is another, and that of people still another. For it belongs to the nature of beings that the truth concerning each is one.… And if truth is one and wisdom is one, the Word also, who announces the truth and wisdom simply and openly to those capable of apprehending it, would be one. And we say these things, not to deny that the truth and wisdom and the Word are of God but to show the advantage of the omission of the phrase "of God."



Origen
(185 - 254)



Source: 
"Commentary on the Gospel of John, 2.37, 39-41," Joel C. Elowsky, ed., John 1–10, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 18-19.
"That, which was made, in him is life." Read it this way: "That which was made;" here make a short pause and then go on, "in him is life." What is the meaning of this? The earth was made, but the very earth that was made is not life; but there exists spiritually in the wisdom itself a certain reason by which the earth was made: this [reason] is life.

As far as I can, I shall explain my meaning to you, beloved. A carpenter makes a box. First he has the box in design; for if he had it not in design, how could he produce it by workmanship? But the box in theory is not the very box as it appears to the eyes. It exists invisibly in design; it will be visible in the work. Behold, it is made in the work; has it ceased to exist in design? The one is made in the work, and the other remains that exists in design; for that box may rot and another be fashioned according to that which exists in design

Listen, then, to the box as it is in design and the box as it is in fact; the actual box is not life, the box in design is life; because the soul of the artificer, where all these things are before they are brought forth, is living. So, dearly beloved brothers, because the wisdom of God, by which all things have been made, contains everything according to design before it is made, therefore those things that are made through this design itself are not immediately life, but whatever has been made is life in him.


— St. Augustine
(354 - 430)


Source: "Tractates on the Gospel of John, 1.16-1.17," Joel C. Elowsky, ed., John 1–10, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 24-25.
If you want to go even deeper into this Sunday's Gospel, check out these great tools and resources:


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{Please pray for my Mom who had food poisoning on the 4th Sunday of Advent as she was trying to participate in the Annual Fellowship Event (연차 총 친목회) for her Legio Mariae... She told me that she was going to receive a recognition for No Absence during the entire year!!!  Then I think she had to leave the event early as she was throwing up, etc.}


Fr. Egan at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center wrote:

"...a brief reflection on the meaning of Christmas, which I often shared in my Christmas homilies.  Jesus, the Word made flesh, received from us a share in our human nature in order that we, in turn, might receive from [H]im the unfathomable gift of sharing in [H]is [D]ivine nature.  Our mutual sharing of gifts at Christmas symbolizes at the deepest level the mutual sharing of gifts between the Lord and all of us."



From Catholic Action for Faith and Family:

Merry-Christmas-CAFFF.jpg
Dear Friend,

May the Child Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph grant you and your loved ones the Joy, the Peace, the Light and the Love of Christmas!

Your friend in Jesus and Mary,

Thomas J. McKenna
Founder and President
http://www.catholicaction.org/ Catholic Action For Faith And Family · PO Box 910308, San Diego, CA 92191-0308, United States





And from my dear friend Yumi from Japan...her son is in Maryland!!!

I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.
Hi,... how are you?
How are you spending Christmas?
We are having a quiet Christmas this year because my son is not here with us. He is in the US. He goes to the University of Maryland.
It is about 40 minutes by train from Washington DC.
Please keep in touch.
Best regards,
Yumi


From a Salesian Fr. Simon:


⭐기쁨은 나누면 두배.슬픔은 나누면 절반⭐

💌성탄 편지💌

부산시청에서 제정한 이태석 기념사업회는 '올해의 상'으로 몽골에서 선교하고 있는 이호열 시몬신부에게 주기로 결정했다고 합니다.
(시상식일정: 1월11일,  수요일  오후5시,  부산시청)

저는 이태석 신부와 2000년 대희년에  이태리 토리노에서 선교메달을 함께 달았습니다. 그는 로마에서 수학을 마치고 2년 뒤에 남수단으로 가게 되었고, 저는 살레시오 중학교 과학교사와 담임, 학생부장 업무를 마치고 2001년에 몽골로 가게 되었습니다.

이태석신부와의 인연은 대학교 재학시절부터 시작됩니다. 그의  가족이 다녔던 송도본당을 같이 다니기도 했고, 그와 대전 공동체에서 함께 산 적도 있었습니다.

그러나 지금 한 선교사는 죽어서 이름을 남기고 또 한 선교사는 살아서 이름을 남깁니다. 

수도생활 선배인 제가 후배 선교사로 부터 상을 받는 것에 기쁨과 슬픔의 만감이 교차되는 순간입니다

그는 휼륭한 신부님입니다.

그가 앞으로.시복식도 받고 시성식에 올라 성인품에 오르기를 희망합니다.

이는 살아있는 우리가 이태석신부의 정신을 어떻게 전수하고 이어받느냐에 달려있습니다. 
그가 청소년과 늘 함께 있었듯이, 성인은 거룩한 분이어서 우리와 동떨어져 섬길 저 위에 있는 것이 아닌 우리와 함께 있는 그런 분이면 좋겠습니다.

한 인간의 고귀한 죽음으로 우리의 정신적 가치를 높이 들어올리 듯이  지구라고  하는 생명공동체에 인간 삶의 질을 높일 수 있는 기회로 삼고자  합니다.

여러분! 우리 모두는 나약한 존재입니다. 인간이 저질러 놓은 잘못된 역사와 행동으로 부터 실망과 좌절을 극복하고  일어설 수 있어야 합니다.

투병 중에 선교지로 속히 되돌아 가고 싶었던 그의 열망과 청소년  한가운데 달려가고 싶었던 그의 희망을 우리가 이어 받아  나아가야 할 것입니다.

이태석신부와 저를 위해서 많이 기도해 주시고 성원해 주시기를 부탁드립니다...감사합니다.

2016년 12월 21일
몽골 살레시오회 이호열시몬 신부..

*연말 정산 기부 영수증 발급건
좋은 성탄 기쁜 성탄 되시기를 빌면서 연말 정상을 원하시는 분들은 이달 안으로(12월 31일까지) 
기부자명,주민등록번호,기부금액,주소등을 보내 주시면 관구로 기부금을 송금해서 기부 영수증을 받으 실 수 있도록 하겠습니다. (국민 이호열 004402-04-033741)계좌 번호에 한해서...





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Advent, a Catholic Liturgical New Year!!!

Less than four weeks ago, we began a new liturgical year A, with the First Sunday of Advent, lighting the Advent candle purple...

On WWIB (FM 103.7) - the only Christian radio I can listen to around here - they don't seem to have a clue about Advent... not mention of it at all.  But on the positive note, I get to practice Christmas Carol in different renditions...

I get a few Christmas cards...

The following is one of the emails I received:

http://www.sgg.org/2016/12/11/my-identity-catholic/

Here I stand. No more, no less.
Blessings and Christ's love to you this Holy Advent 2016.
Stand strong in the Faith! 
Testing is on it's Way. Kendra

From Dr. Thomas Hilgers




From Robert Rogers of Mighty in the Land Ministry:

Merry Christmas – 2016!
 
Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”  (2 Timothy 4:5)
 
Thank you for participating with me to share God’s Good News with allTogether, we are indelibly impacting lives for Him. Behold God’s handiwork!
  • 13+ years of lasting & life-changing fruitfulness through Mighty in the Land Ministry.
  • At least 1,091 times I’ve served by invitation. No agent. No fees. Pure God.
  • Over 259,000 people personally challenged to KNOW GOD & Live a Life of No Regrets.
  • More than $432,000 given through Mighty in the Land FOUNDATION since 2005 to care for orphans & special-needs children worldwide in 7 countries (USA, too).
  • Our thriving family of 10 years: Inga, Ezekiel [9], Estellah [8], Leo [6], & Lola [4].
I hope you will please continue to join with me to spread the Word, and fulfill our new Year-2020 Vision to:
 
1) Evangelize souls,
2) Restore families, and
3) Heal hearts
 
- as we strive to personally reach over 500,000 people by the year 2020.
  • “…Robert has brought my family closer to God...”
  • “I've not heard a more inspiring and motivational ‘retreat talk’ in my life.”
  • [Robert] “is such an inspiration to so many people, he has helped so many….”
  • “…hearts & souls were touched by your testimony...we could feel His presence.”
  • “…your book gave me what I neededGod has renewed my strength…”
  • Nothing caught my attention as the testimony…you lived through.  That has given me the faith to keep striving [and] has given me renewed hope.”
  • Your witness…has touched the core of my being…  Your message has inspired in me a complete self-evaluation of what’s important in my life.”
  • Robert’s story “was so compelling to listen to.  It touched my heart and soul and challenged me in ways that I have not been impacted before.”
  • “…your message really moved me deep inside.  …Your Testimony & Witness greatly moved & impacted my Heart.”
Please view and pass along our new short video about "Hope in the Midst of Grief" - www.thinginapot.com/hope-grief.
 
God bless you and your families - abundantly.  May the Peace of Christ be with you.
 
Gratefully and faithfully,
 
 -Robert Rogers
  Teaching others to KNOW GOD and Live a Life of No Regrets
 
PS - If God prompts you to support the ongoing work of Mighty in the Land Ministry with a tax-deductible contribution, I would be deeply grateful to you.  Here’s how:
 
 
1) Credit card on our website: www.MightyInTheLand.com or by phone 260-515-5158.
2) Calling 317-570-5850 about donating non-cash gifts.
3) Check in the US Mail to:
 
Mighty in the Land Ministry
429 East DuPont Road, #230
Fort Wayne, IN  46825-2051
 
Thank you so very much.
 
Mighty in the Land Ministry is fully committed to sacred stewardship of your donations.  To ensure our financial accountability to you, we are thoroughly vetted through an accreditation process as members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (www.ECFA.org).
 

an email from a friend, titled "Important Word for Intercessors"

Subject: Prophetic word: It won't be long now, intercessors...

For those who haven't yet reached the summit: Just stay prayerful and faithful...


INTERCESSORS, IT’S YOUR HARVEST TIME!!! GET READY TO BE REFRESHED AND EXPONENTIALLY BLESSED!!!

by Lana 
By Lana Vawser

As I spent time with the Lord today in worship I could feel His heart for the INTERCESSORS that have faithfully interceded for their families, for their churches, for cities, for nations, for government, for this next move of God in the earth, for the extension of the Kingdom, for the unification of the body of Christ, for HIM to be glorified.

The atmosphere was filled around me with the sense of BREAKTHROUGH and HARVEST TIME for many intercessors, that have been SO faithful in interceding where the Lord has guided and directed them.
I then heard the words "Intercessors, it is YOUR HARVEST TIME!!! GET READY to be REFRESHED and EXPONENTIALLY BLESSED!!!"
I could feel the heart of the Lord that He had SEEN the price that intercessors have paid in this season to "COVER" and "BREAKTHROUGH" in prayer in the areas the Lord was guiding.
He spoke again.. "I have SEEN the price many of you have paid in this season. I have seen the onslaught many of you have faced as you have continued to stand in the gap and intercede. I have seen the personal trials, I have seen the heartache, the tears and the opposition and I have been with you, strengthening you, comforting you, leading you, speaking to you and sustaining you. I have seen how many of you have celebrated the breakthrough of others as you have prayed, when your own breakthrough has felt further away than ever, and you have continued to seek Me in purity and worship Me. THIS has MOVED MY HEART!!!!"
"The enemy has tried to take many of you out, because you are KEY and STRATEGIC in what I am doing, but I have protected you and hidden you in Me."

"Many of you have POURED OUT and POURED OUT and POURED OUT in intercession for MY HEART and MY KINGDOM and I now decree over you that this is YOUR harvest time. The promises I have given you, over your lives is now SUDDENLY MANIFESTING! I decree over you that you will now see Amos 9:13-15 manifest in YOUR LIFE. As you have INTERCEDED and FOUGHT for the breakthrough of others and cities/nations, I decree over you, it is now YOUR TURN!!!!!

Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.

“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel."

"Blessings upon blessings are going to pour off the mountains and hills in your life as DIVINE ALIGNMENT comes SWIFTLY into your life. Intercessors, this is your SUDDENLY!"

"I am HEALING YOU My faithful intercessors of the wounds that you have received in battle. I am restoring and vindicating you. I am bringing WATERFALLS of REFRESHMENT to your hearts and souls. You have been through so much this year My beautiful intercessors. Do not give up! I have heard your cries and I am here!!! I am FIGHTING FOR YOU and you will have SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH!!!"

I AM TAKING YOU FURTHER INTO MY HEART AS YOU HAVE LAID LOW

I saw many of these intercessors living SO LOW in humility and surrender to the Lord. Such pure, beautiful, honouring stewardship of the Lord's heart, His secrets and His longings. The Lord is now taking you DEEPER into His heart than you have EVER BEEN. There is an UPGRADE of hearing and seeing that the Lord is releasing upon you. You will see what HE IS DREAMING ABOUT in ways YOU have never DREAMT about!!!!! Encounters with His heart that far surpass what you have experienced are opening up to you in this season as you have faithfully chased after His heart with ONE AGENDA.. to simply KNOW JESUS and see Him GLORIFIED!!!
"Well done My faithful intercessors! GREAT is your REWARD!!!"