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Book of Tobit… Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 17, 2009

To Continue and Conclude…

Generations of generations will give You joyful praise. 12 Cursed are all who hate You; blessed for ever will be all who love You. 13 Rejoice and be glad for the sons of the righteous; for they will be gathered together, and will praise the Lord of the righteous.

By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it… 26 they shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. ~Rev 21: 24, 26

14 How blessed are those who love You! They will rejoice in Your peace. Blessed are those who grieved over all Your afflictions; for they will rejoice for You upon seeing all Your glory, …

But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother… When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” ~Jn 19:25b, 26

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within His temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was with child… ~Rev 11:19; 12:1-2a NAB

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw Him they worshiped him; 18 Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” ~Mt 28:16-17, 18, 19-20

9 And when He had said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.” ~Acts 1:9-11

…and they will be made glad for ever. 15 Let my soul praise God the great King. 16 For Jerusalem will be built with sapphires and emeralds, her walls with precious stones, and her towers and battlements with pure gold. 17 The streets of Jerusalem will be paved with beryl and ruby and stones of Ophir;…

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; … 10 And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. … ~Rev 21:2, 10-11

18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. ~Rev 21: 18-21

18 all her lanes will cry ‘Hallelujah!’ and will give praise, saying, ‘Blessed is God, who has exalted you for ever.’”

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed… ~Luke 1:48b

Then God’s temple in Heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within… a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. ~Rev 11:19; 21:1

The Woman (Church and Blessed Mother) will, with her Son, redeem mankind, they will redeem God’s Children.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

26 When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. ~Jn 19: 26-27

Have you rejoiced lately in your God and all that He has done for you?

More importantly, are you LIVING the will of God in your daily life?

First Published on June 10, 2009

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High Seas
Cross of Christ
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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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