The Beheading Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

If it wasn’t Sunday, it would be the memorial of the beheading of St. John the Baptist.

“Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him , It is not lawful for you to to have her.’ Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet. But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted by her mother, she said, ‘Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.’ The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.” Matthew 14:3-12

We are very fortunate in our country that we haven’t had to die or endure serious suffering for our faith; not yet, at least. I can see it happening in the near future though, if society continues as is and the government continues to seize control of all aspects of our lives.  We live in scary times, don’t we?

Saint John is an incredible witness to the faith for our times. He was bold and not afraid to speak the truth, to call out Herod for doing what was unlawful and not pleasing to the Lord – no matter what the cost. He was the forerunner of Christ and it cost him his life. He was not afraid to go against the grain and ruffle some feathers.

Me? I shy away from talking about the Lord or standing up for the tenets of our faith, especially in casual conversations. Sure, it’s easy to talk about Jesus and faith here on my blog. It’s almost like “preaching to the choir” because many who read my blog share the same values/belief system as me.

It’s not like talking to family, friends or acquaintances face to face. All the ‘what-ifs” pop up: What would he/she think? What if I’m rejected? What if they don’t want to be friends anymore or talk to me anymore? It’s all unfounded fear based on “me” and not pure love.

Pure love is “willing the good of another.” The ultimate “good” is God and being with him forever. If I truly love, than I want all people to be with God in heaven. So, if speaking out is the ultimate good for that person, then I shouldn’t let let fear stop me. But, I do.

There is such an assault on our values: contraception, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, pre-marital relations. The Ten Commandments are pretty much ignored and those who follow the teachings of the Church are considered “out-of-touch” and old-fashioned. If one lives out their faith with any regularity they are considered fanatics.

We (and I’m speaking mostly about myself here) need to be like Saint John the Baptist. Be bold. Go against the grain. Speak out. We need to “die to ourselves” and live fully in Jesus and then allow Jesus to work through us  to bring His love to others. Yes, we need to pray for others, but we (I) also need to reach out and not be afraid to call them out, in love, when we can.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us! Help us to be faithful and confident witnesses for Christ!

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Anniversary Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48

Welcome to this week’s Saints and Scripture Sunday! Today happens to be a special day for me, for a few reasons:

1. It is my husband’s and my seventh wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already! It feels like we just got married! LOL! (I won’t be seeing my honey because he has to work, so: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Michael! I LOVE YOU!)

2. Although it’s not celebrated this year (because Lord’s Day takes precedence), today is the obligatory memorial of the Queen-ship of Mary. The Queen-ship of Mary is a beautiful feast. Jesus has given us HIS mother to be our mother and Queen intercessor.

3. Today is also the anniversary and renewal of our (me and my husband) total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to Saint Louis de Montfort.

What makes our consecration extra special is that we made the actual consecration during our wedding ceremony! We asked our priest friend who married us if we could make the consecration during the mass and he said yes.  So, after communion, we went as a newly married couple to pray before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which is custom for us Catholics). We prayed the WHOLE consecration (it’s a bit long) and afterward (to our surprise) Father had us sign the consecration in front of everyone. It was truly a special moment for us. 🙂

Saint Bonaventure says: “Listen, all you who desire the Kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!”

Let us this week strive to deepen our relationship with Our Lady! God bless you.

Where does Your Treasure Lie? – Saints and Scripture Sunday

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“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Luke 12:34

I was challenged by these words today. I felt personally asked, “Where does your heart lie?” Truth be told, it hasn’t been lying where it should be.

Why is it so easy to get caught up in all the busyness and craziness of everyday life? Why is it that our relationship with God is always the first to go by the wayside? (For me, at least.) Even when I make time for prayer, it is often distracted and rushed through, just to get done.

What I want is a deep, meaningful relationship with the Lord. This is only possible if I take the time for deep meaningful conversations with Him. I have follow my own suggestions for taking time for prayer, to listen to Him, and to let the Holy Spirit guide me.

That’s my resolution for this week. To focus on deepening my relationship with the Lord. To make the time to pray and focus my heart on the Lord.

Fearless Friday: “Listen to Him”

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Today is the feast of the Transfiguration. In reading the mass readings for today, these verses particularly stand out:

“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.”

Today I am praying for the grace to be able to hear the voice of Jesus. I am praying for the grace to not let the the many cares of daily life from getting in the way of listening to His voice. I am praying for the grace to make time for prayer and reading His Word. I am praying for a deepening of my relationship with the Lord.

I am praying for this grace for each of you today, as well. I am praying that you have a deepening of your relationship with Jesus, that you grow ever closer to Him with each new day.

May our minds and hearts be transfigured unto Jesus.

What is your prayer intention for today? For this week? Please share at Free Spirit Haven so that we can pray with you.