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  • PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 1/23/2019

    01/23/2019 5:20:11 AM PST · 2 of 2
    Pilgrim's Progress to Tucker39; unread

    Let’s read a chapter of Proverbs a day and see what God might have for us. As the Lord leads, share with us what God has shown you in a special way and by His grace let us build up a devotional repository. Let’s keep our knives and forks handy for some daily bread!

    If anyone would like to be added to the ping list, please let me know either by post or by p.m.

  • PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 1/23/2019

    01/23/2019 5:18:32 AM PST · 1 of 2
    Pilgrim's Progress
    As Bible believers, the only thing we have is our Bible to comfort, to counsel, to edify, to correct, and to equip. If a man rejects the Final Authority, he is a fool, for he has heard it all before and now he is wiser than the One that gave us His Word. Now, he is a mocker, and a scoffer. Whatever is offered to him from God's precious table is but that which is to be laughed at and put under his feet. Jesus told us how to handle such people, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you" (Matthew 7:6 KJV).

    Now, I know that this does not fit the modern concept of the loving Saviour Who would never offend anyone, the One that would gladly sit at a bar and drink with the patrons, and never, no never, judge them. To manufacture such a picture as this of our Holy and Righteous God is only the banter of fools, and very likely the ones of whom 23:9 is addressing.

    We know that our Redeemer is coming again, many signs point to His return for His Bride. Among those "signs" are the scoffers and the mockers, those that "despise the wisdom" of the Word of God. Those that can no longer blush in the face of their puny attempts to joke about and blaspheme the very One that paid for their sins on the cross, the One that "bought them," as Peter says.

    As believers, we need to know when to walk away from a fool and leave them to their folly. If we continue to engage them in theological arguments, they will only despise us and the One that sent us. Leave them to their own devices. Perhaps you have planted a seed, but it is best to let another water it, and pray that another might one day harvest it.

    Lord, teach us that the battle is Yours. We are merely your ambassadors. You have given us a message to those that are lost, but help us to know when pursuing a soul can bring more harm than good. Teach us to be your gentle servants, wise as serpents, yet harmless as doves. Amen.

  • Second marriages

    01/23/2019 4:38:46 AM PST · 170 of 170
    af_vet_1981 to imardmd1; Ikeon
    You can't work out a salvation that you don't already possess.

    Or not already promised, and that with fear and trembling seems significant.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-19, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martr, St. Marianne Cope

    01/23/2019 4:31:30 AM PST · 8 of 8
    COBOL2Java to Salvation

    Saint Marianne Cope

    They were talking about her this morning on EWTN Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show"

    Saint Marianne Cope’s Story

    Though leprosy scared off most people in 19th-century Hawaii, that disease sparked great generosity in the woman who came to be known as Mother Marianne of Molokai. Her courage helped tremendously to improve the lives of its victims in Hawaii, a territory annexed to the United States during her lifetime (1898).

    Mother Marianne’s generosity and courage were celebrated at her May 14, 2005, beatification in Rome. She was a woman who spoke “the language of truth and love” to the world, said Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Cardinal Martins, who presided at the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, called her life “a wonderful work of divine grace.” Speaking of her special love for persons suffering from leprosy, he said, “She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.”

    On January 23, 1838, a daughter was born to Peter and Barbara Cope of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. The girl was named after her mother. Two years later the Cope family emigrated to the United States and settled in Utica, New York. Young Barbara worked in a factory until August 1862, when she went to the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. After profession in November of the next year, she began teaching at Assumption parish school.

    Marianne held the post of superior in several places and was twice the novice mistress of her congregation. A natural leader, three different times she was superior of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, where she learned much that would be useful during her years in Hawaii.

    Elected provincial in 1877, Mother Marianne was unanimously re-elected in 1881. Two years later the Hawaiian government was searching for someone to run the Kakaako Receiving Station for people suspected of having leprosy. More than 50 religious communities in the United States and Canada were asked. When the request was put to the Syracuse sisters, 35 of them volunteered immediately. On October 22, 1883, Mother Marianne and six other sisters left for Hawaii where they took charge of the Kakaako Receiving Station outside Honolulu; on the island of Maui they also opened a hospital and a school for girls.

    In 1888, Mother Marianne and two sisters went to Molokai to open a home for “unprotected women and girls” there. The Hawaiian government was quite hesitant to send women for this difficult assignment; they need not have worried about Mother Marianne! On Molokai she took charge of the home that Saint Damien de Veuster had established for men and boys. Mother Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride, and fun to the colony. Bright scarves and pretty dresses for the women were part of her approach.

    Awarded the Royal Order of Kapiolani by the Hawaiian government and celebrated in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Marianne continued her work faithfully. Her sisters have attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people and still work on Molokai.

    Mother Marianne died on August 9, 1918 and was beatified in 2005 and canonized seven years later.


    A Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson - Mother Marianne Cope

    Reverend Sister Marianne
    Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa

    To see the infinite pity of this place,
    The mangled limb, the devastated face,
    The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
    A fool were tempted to deny his God.

    He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again,
    Lo, beauty springing from the breast of pain!—
    He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
    And even a fool is silent and adores.

    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Kalawao, May 22, 1889

  • Covington Bishop Continues to ‘Condemn’ Catholic Students, Despite Videos Proving Innocence

    01/23/2019 4:03:35 AM PST · 42 of 42
    trebb to marshmallow

    Just more proof that priests/bishops/cardinals/popes are all just as fatally flawed humans as the rest of us who needn’t be elevated to worship status.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/22/19)[Prayer]

    01/23/2019 3:44:02 AM PST · 23 of 23
    Maudeen to left that other site

    Joining in prayer. . . .BTW 50 degrees and rain just popped up here this morning but back to a normal cold tomorrow. Brrrrrrrrrrr. Stay warm.

  • Covington Bishop Continues to ‘Condemn’ Catholic Students, Despite Videos Proving Innocence

    01/23/2019 3:17:00 AM PST · 41 of 42
    MayflowerMadam to marshmallow

    This is why every Christian should “skip the middle man”, and have his primary religious relationship between himself and God. Placing mortals on a pedestal — in any denomination or cult — is extremely dangerous. Having a pastor provide basic direction is important, and Bible based, but men are men. If a church’s leader is pulling the crap this diocese is pulling, Christians have to balk and move on.

    Satan is the “author of confusion”, and the “father of lies”. When a church leader blatantly lies, you know without a doubt who is puling the strings.

  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - 1/22/2019 [PRAYER]

    01/23/2019 3:12:36 AM PST · 34 of 34
    Maudeen to stars & stripes forever

    AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN!

  • Covington Bishop Continues to ‘Condemn’ Catholic Students, Despite Videos Proving Innocence

    01/23/2019 3:09:11 AM PST · 40 of 42
    jocon307 to Salvation

    Quite honestly I don’t think God is concerned with things like religious denominations.

  • Revelation 2:8-11 (the church in Smyrna)

    01/22/2019 11:41:31 PM PST · 4 of 4
    Maudeen to Faith Presses On

    Joining in prayer.

  • Why Every Pro-Choice Argument Fails

    01/22/2019 10:52:46 PM PST · 7 of 7
    Secret Agent Man to Captain Compassion

    And yet they want people charged with two murders if a pregnant woman is killed.

    The incredible hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/22/19)[Prayer]

    01/22/2019 10:46:39 PM PST · 22 of 23
    Silentgypsy to left that other site

    Did you ever dream that we’d be lifting our voices in praise over temps in the low 20’s? We live in interesting times....

  • The Pope and the Imam of al Azhar Together at the Conference on "Human Fraternity"

    01/22/2019 10:25:57 PM PST · 7 of 7
    Slyfox to marshmallow
    The Bishop of Rome will participate in the Conference
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - 1/22/2019 [PRAYER]

    01/22/2019 10:22:31 PM PST · 33 of 34
    Kitty Mittens to stars & stripes forever
    Open the eyes of voters to see how radical and anti-GOD the Democrat Presidential candidates have become. In the Name of JESUS, break the demonic hold the Democrat Party has on minorities, union members, and set people free from generational political party bondage. Open the eyes of Republican voters who turn a blind eye when their candidates campaign for family values, then support abortion and laws that are abominable in Your sight. Clean house, LORD! Remove from office all who despise Christian values and our nation's sovereignty. In Your mercy, LORD, give America another chance to be a shining light on a hill, a beacon of freedom to the world, and a nation who loves You. Stir the hearts of Your people. May we stand united under the banner of JESUS CHRIST, proclaiming the GOSPEL, and fight for the cause of freedom!

    Amen to your Beautiful and Anointed Prayer, Dear Servant of Jesus Christ.
    Praying with you in Heartfelt Agreement.

  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 1/21/2019 [Prayer]

    01/22/2019 10:06:59 PM PST · 30 of 30
    Kitty Mittens to UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Our nation also continues to face the danger from the “deep-state” domestic enemies that sabotage our government. Stop those within our judicial and legislative branches that freely violate their oaths of office by serving their own personal political agendas. Re-create an ethical media with the focus to report truth rather than manufacture ‘fake’ news. We pray that you will continue to grant wisdom, strength and resolve for the President Trump and Vice President Pence to faithfully serve in the official roles you have placed them. Protect them and their families from all evil: physically, mentally and spiritually.

    Amen to your Beautiful, Powerful Prayer, Dear Servant of Jesus Christ.
    Praying with you in Heartfelt Agreement.

  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - 1/22/2019 [PRAYER]

    01/22/2019 9:40:30 PM PST · 32 of 34
    Pajamajan to stars & stripes forever

    Amen.

  • Covington Bishop Continues to ‘Condemn’ Catholic Students, Despite Videos Proving Innocence

    01/22/2019 9:37:08 PM PST · 39 of 42
    pbear8 to Truthoverpower
    Why would anyone be a Catholic today ?

    Because it is true and we do not abandon Our Lord because the going gets tough.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/22/19)[Prayer]

    01/22/2019 9:36:33 PM PST · 21 of 23
    Kitty Mittens to left that other site
    Almighty God,
    Blessed is Your Most Holy Name!
    Your Alone Are Worthy of Our Worship,
    For You Alone Are The One True God,
    And You Alone Are Our Hope and Our Salvation!

    Amen to your Beautiful, Anointed Prayer, Dear Servant of the King of kings.
    Joining you in Thanksgiving, Prayer, and Praise.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-19, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martr, St. Marianne Cope

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-19, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martr, St. Marianne Cope

    01/22/2019 9:28:34 PM PST · 6 of 8
    Salvation to All

    Readings at Mass
    Liturgical Colour: Green.

    First reading
    Hebrews 7:1-3,15-17 ©
    You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, for ever
    You remember that Melchizedek, king of Salem, a priest of God Most High, went to meet Abraham who was on his way back after defeating the kings, and blessed him; and also that it was to him that Abraham gave a tenth of all that he had. By the interpretation of his name, he is, first, ‘king of righteousness’ and also king of Salem, that is, ‘king of peace’; he has no father, mother or ancestry, and his life has no beginning or ending; he is like the Son of God. He remains a priest for ever.
    This becomes even more clearly evident when there appears a second Melchizedek, who is a priest not by virtue of a law about physical descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it was about him that the prophecy was made: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Psalm 109(110):1-4 ©
    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.
    The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
    ‘Sit on my right:
    your foes I will put beneath your feet.’
    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.
    The Lord will wield from Zion
    your sceptre of power:
    rule in the midst of all your foes.
    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.
    A prince from the day of your birth
    on the holy mountains;
    from the womb before the dawn I begot you.
    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.
    The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
    ‘You are a priest for ever,
    a priest like Melchizedek of old.’
    You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

    Gospel Acclamation
    Heb4:12
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    The word of God is something alive and active:
    it can judge secret emotions and thoughts.
    Alleluia!
    Or:
    cf.Mt4:23
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom
    and cured all kinds of sickness among the people.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel
    Mark 3:1-6 ©
    Is it against the law on the sabbath day to save life?
    Jesus went into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was better. The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.