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Fornight for Freedom comes to a close…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 5, 2012

They Came Before Us

For Those Who Fought and Died for Our Freedom

Updated! 7/06/12

And I am amazed at how topical the readings in the Christian Prayer were for these fourteen days!  In particular, the readings from this week as found in the Evening Prayer…

Evening Prayer II: Week I, Sunday: READING: 2Cor 1:3-7 (emphasis added)

Praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation!  He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble with the same consolation we have received from Him.  As we have shared much in the suffering of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in His consolation.

If we are afflicted it is for your encouragement and salvation, and when we are consoled it is for your consolation, so that you may endure patiently the same sufferings we endure.  Our hope for you is firm because we know that just as you share in the sufferings [of Christ], so you will share in the consolation.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

When I read that last paragraph, I envision the founding fathers and those who risked their very lives to begin the process of making the American Colonies independent from England over 230 years ago, encouraging us in the same way.  America will never be the same since that Supreme Court ruling last week…

And yet we are reminded again by St. Paul…

Week I: Evening Prayer, Monday: READING: Colossians 1: 9b-13 (emphasis added)

May you attain full knowledge of God’s will through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight.  Then you will lead a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him in every way

You will multiply good works of every sort and grow in the knowledge of God.  By the might of His glory you will be endowed with the strength needed to stand fast, even to endure joyfully whatever may come, giving thanks to the Father for having made you worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.

He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

We will have to endure many trials in the days ahead – both financial as well as (I’m sure), spiritual trials.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church does tell us that:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh. ~CCC§675

But for those who hold steadfastly to the teachings of Christ and His Holy Church the victory of Christ – which is Guaranteed will become our own.  St. Paul further admonishes us…

Evening Prayer: Week I, Tuesday: READING: Romans 13: 11-14 (emphasis added)

You know the time in which we are living.  It is NOW the hour for you to wake from sleep, for our salvation is CLOSER than when we first accepted the faith.

The night is far spent; the day draws near…

(“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My Mercy… before I come as a Just Judge, I first open wide the door of My Mercy.  He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy must pass through the door of My Justice.” ~Diary of St. Faustina, §1146.)

Let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us live honorably as in daylight; not in carousing and drunkeness, not in sexual excess and lust, not in quareling and jealousy.  Rather, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provisions for the desire of the flesh. 

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

Boy, does that last part sound like our society today?  Most assuredly… “The night is far spent…” and that Day of the Lord draws ever near.  Soon, very soon, there will be no room for excuses.  All of us will be held accountable for every action, thought, word, and deed… we’ll either be FOR God or against Him…

Tonight’s reading really sends that TRUTH home…

Evening Prayer: Week I, Wednesday: READING: James 1: 19-25 (emphasis added)

Keep this in mind dear brothers [and sisters].  Let every [one] be quick to hear, slow to speak, [and] slow to anger;  for a man’s anger does not fulfill God’s justice.

Strip away all that is filthy, every vicious excess.  Humbly welcome the Word that has taken root in you, with its power to save you.  Act on this WordIf all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves.

A man who listens to God’s Word but does not put it into practice is like a man who looks into a mirror at the face he was born with; he looks at himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. 

There is, on the other hand, the man who peers into freedom’s ideal law and abides by it He is no forgetful listener, but one who carries out the law in PRACTICE.  Blest will this man be in whatever he does.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

So which will YOU BE?  A true follower of Jesus who HEARS the Word of God AND LIVES his life according to that Word… OR in hearing the Word will you think, “that is all I need… I’m good to go.” 

The days ahead WILL BE tough, trust in that!  But you can also TRUST that God will NEVER ABANDON us but will always be there to strengthen us and provide for our every need: physical, emotional, and spiritual…

My dear apostles, it is time for Me to announce Myself as King. I am truly the King of heaven and I am the King of all God’s children on earth. I am the King of all that is good and I am the King of love.  Most of all, and most importantly for you, I am your King...

Do you serve Me because you trust Me to care for you and to care for that which is important to you? I believe this is true. I believe that you understand something about both My power and My goodness and I believe that you rely on Me to care for your loved ones even in their sufferings and rebellions…

Your message is one of love and welcome and you give the message as the messenger of the King. Be at peace. I am all powerful and you are on the side of heaven.

~Lay Apostles, Monthly Message, July 2012, excerpt, emphasis added

Take heart, TRUST in HIM, for the Father will NEVER abandon us because He always keeps His promises – Ps 149 & Rev 11: 17-18; 12: 10b-12a!

Evening Prayer: Week I, Thursday: READING: 1Peter 1: 6-9 (emphasis added)

There is cause for rejoicing hereYou may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials; but this is so that YOUR FAITH, which is MORE PRECIOUS than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold, may by it genuineness lead to praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ appears.

Although you have never seen Him, you LOVE Him, and without seeing you now BELIEVE in Him, and rejoice with inexpressible joy touched with glory because you are achieving faith’s goal, YOUR SALVATION.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

(see how great it is to add the prayer of the Church – Christian Prayer – to your daily intake of Sacred Scripture?)

Recommended Reading:

Mystery Babylon

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Coming Persecution…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 27, 2009

For several months I have spoken, mostly through scripture, of the coming persecution that we – the Church founded by Christ – would all have to go through.  It’s part of His promise that we will share in His Passion:

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

21 But all this they will do to you on My account, because they do not know Him who sent Me…”

And yet, it is NOT a cause for alarm because Jesus also promised:

19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you…

26 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops…”

But it is important to know how and when, so that we may be best prepared.  We must be ever ready and remember that the Father only chastises those whom He loves:

6 For the Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.

11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, the next couple of Posts will focus on that purification and what it means to be purified as we look at it from the perspective of Purgatory.  In the mean time, I end with this small video to help provide the “how and when” so that all may be prepared.

“Do Not Be Afraid… I AM with you until the close of the age.”
~Mt 28: 10, 20b

Click here for the video

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