WISDOM

1 John 1:8-10 – If we say , “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say , ‘We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Lord, have mercy!

John 15:16 – It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Psalm 139 – …truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb…

Psalm 71 – …from my mother’s womb you have been my help…

1 John 4:7-16 – …Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God…

Pope Benedict XVI – The essential nucleus of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus!

“As Mary approached, Elizabeth’s child performed his first prophetic act, “announcing” Jesus’ arrival by a wild leap, while still inside the womb of Elizabeth”

“A lamp to my feet is your word, a light to my path”

John 6:58 – “Whoever eats this bread will live forever”.

Servant of God Dorothy Day to the Blessed Mother after receiving Holy Communion – “Here He is in my heart; I believe, help my unbelief; Adore Him, Thank Him, and Love Him, for me. He is your Son; His honor is in your hands. Do not let me dishonor him.”

Saint Justin, Martyr – “We are slain with the sword but we increase and multiply”

Saint Iraneus – “The glory of God is man fully alive”

John , chapter 17 – …”May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord”…

Saint Catherine of Siena – “Selfish love shrinks your heart till it has room neither for yourself nor for your neighbors, while Divine charity so expands it that it can welcome friends and enemies alike – everyone, in fact – because it is clothed in Christ’s love and so follows him”

Cardinal Robert Sarah – “Western societies are organized and live as though God did not exist. Christians…have settled down to a silent apostasy. The Church must immerse herself more deeply in the grace of the sacraments…the duty to lead toward the “splendor of truth” from Saint John Paul II”

Pope Francis – “Being children of God…is our primordial vocation. We were made to be God’s children, it is in our DNA.

Saints Timothy and Maura were married and died in 286 – …Husband and wife were pinned up or crucified in such a way that each could see the other. Their passion lasted nine days “and, encouraging each other to persevere in the faith, they consummated their martyrdom” (Roman Martyrology)

Tobit, chapter 12 – “I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord”. “So now get up from the ground and praise God”.

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – …encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you…

John 3:16-18 – God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Father Cornelius A Lapide on The Holy Trinity – To the Father is appropriated memory…To the Son is appropriated the intellect…To the Holy Spirit is appropriated the will…The Father therefore reforms the memory when he blots out of it the appearances of vain, foul, and forbidden things, and brings into it the appearances of divine things, so that it should remember only God, his worship and his love, piety and the other virtues. The Son reforms the intellect, so that it should think only of the things which pertain to salvation and holiness. The Holy Spirit reforms the will, so that it should love and desire the same.  Therefore a holy soul continually reflects that it is a temple of the Holy Trinity.

Matthew 23:12 – Whoever exalts himself will be humbled

A reporter was once accompanying Mother Theresa as she cleaned the ulcerous sores of a dying man. The stench was overpowering. “I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars,” said he.

“Neither would I,” said Mother Theresa.

All these quotes and stories come from June issue of Magnificat.

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A Renewal of Baptismal Promises to Gain the Grace of Purity

Chas,

Here is something you might want to immediately post on your blog.  My very good friend and totally awesome priest Fr. David Poulson – diocese of Erie – told me he dreamed this prayer one night and woke up and wrote it down.  It’s super cool!

Peace brother!
PS – happy Father’s Day!!!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Tom

A Renewal of Baptismal Promises to Gain the Grace of Purity

(Prepare by going to confession and holy communion.)

Almighty and all loving God, who have been so merciful and compassionate to me, while I have been an ungrateful and faithless sinner, today I solemnly make use of my free will, which is your gift to me. I renounce Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises. In particular, I renounce any influence that I have allowed him to have in the past over my senses, especially the senses of sight and touch, over my imagination and memory and over my sexual faculty. I renew my baptismal promises in which I solemnly renounce him. I profess my faith in God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, and I promise to serve God faithfully in His Holy Catholic Church. In the power of the Holy Ghost, I profess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. I invite Jesus to exercise the sovereign authority, that He won by the shedding of His blood, to rule over my body, soul and spirit. I willingly place myself, whole and entire, beneath Jesus’ feet and accept His Lordship over my life. I consecrate myself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the chaste heart of St. Joseph. I consecrate myself to the holy archangels, Saint Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael and to my guardian angel and invite them to crush Satan and his minions beneath my feet, to bind them and cast them into the outer darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. I consecrate myself to my baptismal and confirmation patrons, Saints __________and __________and invite them to take holy possession of me. I rely on their intercession to enable me to do God’s will with my every thought, word and deed. I make these renunciations, professions, invitations, and consecrations permanently and irrevocably in the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.

(Make both the great and small signs of the cross with holy water.)

Thank you Tom and Fr. Poulson

What Does it Mean to be Pro Life?

Happy Pentecost! The Birthday of the Catholic Church is celebrated today!

I believe I have been inspired by the Holy Spirit in the spirit of Pentecost to write this article, which will be a difficult one to write because many on all sides of the issues may not agree, but I write it because I believe with all my heart, mind and soul I am called to and it is better I please God then man.

The information contained is obtained through much reading, study and prayer as well as personal and private revelation.

For facts and figures I encourage you to read my previous article at https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2017/05/05/on-abolishing-abortion-the-great-evil-of-our-time/

So, we begin, what does it mean to be Pro Life?

At the outset of this piece let me start by saying I am not sure it’s humanly possible to be truly Pro Life.

I believe and practice brutal honesty! Starting with myself and I encourage you to do same.

Let me explain, to be truly pro life means we need to protect life , all life, at every stage. That rules me out because I eat meat. If you are a gun toter, you are out; if you don’t protect and care for the environment you are out; if you are a racist you are out; if you don’t support immigration and providing safe havens for refugees you are out; if you use artificial contraception you are out; if you engage in or support homosexual sexual activity you are out; if you master-bate you are out; if you are transgender and mutilate body parts you are out; if you drive drunk you are out; if you smoke, use drugs and drink alcohol to excess you are out. If you view pornography, go to strip clubs and partake in prostitution you are out. If you are okay with abortion and euthanasia and the death penalty and war and embryonic stem cell research and invitro-fertilization and the ends justify the means attitude you are definitely out!

There are a number of other things I can mention that would cause you and I to strike out as well.

No need to despair though! I am an optimist and believe the many do not want to inflict harm on anyone. We are fallen creatures and need God and His mercy and thankfully He gives it to us.

Strive for holiness daily and go deeper in faith and learn and follow Church Teaching!

So, what do these terms mean; pro life, pro choice, conservative, liberal and many more. I don’t like to use them because they label us and we should not be labelled.

On one hand I could be labeled too liberal as I am opposed to the death penalty, guns, racism and unjust war and I support legal immigration, providing safe haven for refugees and being good steward of the environment.

On the other hand I could be labeled too conservative as I oppose abortion totally and radically for any reason at any stage. I also oppose euthanasia and despise even using that term as well as artificial contraception. I strongly support traditional marriage and capitalism as long as it’s not unfettered.

Maybe rather than use the term pro life we should figure out a way to protect the life of the unborn. Our Constitution states life is to be protected.  So, why are we not protecting life of the unborn? A presidential candidate stated the unborn has no rights. maybe we should change that.

We use this term Pro Life. I consider myself Pro Life but what does it mean.?

I used many examples earlier that would preclude or exclude many from actually being Pro Life.

The term pro life is not found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, however abortion and euthanasia are and I encourage all to read sections 2270-2275 on abortion and sections 2276-2279 on euthanasia.

In the Bible we have Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Jeremiah 1:5 among many other passages in support of Life.

I believe in protecting human life from moment of conception until natural death and everywhere in between. I am not in favor of harming an animal but I do eat meat. I would not harm an insect unless it’s in my dwelling.

To those who accuse pro lifers of being anti woman –

Those who say pro lifers are anti woman are wrong. Explain that one to me? If you are okay with abortion then you are anti woman as half of the babies killed are woman and are you really helping the mother, who is a woman? Is abortion really giving the woman her best and what she needs?!

On other issues –

Artificial contraception and any sexual activity or intercourse between those of the opposite sex or same sex that does not promote or welcome life is anti life so that is what I mean in my description earlier on what it means to be pro life. Same sex sex can never promote or welcome life so it goes against life or contracepts it. Sex should be reserved for marriage. Sex between opposite sex people whether married or not who use contraception also goes against life.

I encourage all to read and promote and encourage NFP (Natural Family Planning) between married people and also encourage all to refrain from sex until married.

Pornography, masterbation, strip clubs and prostitution are all a giant NO. Never! Ever! Let’s just say no to that entire industry and never watch or go to it and shut all those places down because no one ever goes there because none of it promotes life!

Maybe we should use the term promote life instead of pro life.

We, as human beings need to change and we need to protect human life at all stages starting in the mother’s womb.

We also need to be bold. We need to discuss this and share articles like this with others , especially our children.

That may be the best thing we can do and maybe the best way to explain what pro life means – helping others live and become the best version of himself or herself and all that God created him or her to be.

God bless you and thanks for reading and sharing this with others.

Eat and drink healthy, exercise, sleep and enjoy pure relationships with family and friends!

Educate yourself! Pray! Act!

If you need help in any of these areas go to the link below to find the resource you need –

https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/charles-defeo-5/

Other articles on what it means to be pro life I encourage you to read –

https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/?s=pornography

http://www.wnd.com/2007/12/44896/

http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=1315

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/really-means-pro-life

https://www.liveaction.org/news/quote-of-day-what-does-it-really-mean-to-be-pro-life/

http://www.faithwire.com/2017/01/30/what-does-it-really-mean-to-be-pro-life/

https://aclj.org/pro-life/what-does-it-really-mean-to-be-pro-life