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Holy Wind

THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT CAN BREATHE – HUB

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(Stained glass image taken from an apse of the St Peter’s Basilica by Gian Lorenzo Bernini circa 1660, Wikipedia)

Last night I feel like I was given a treat. The Fox Movie Channel was showing GRAVITY back to back. Have you seen it? It’s the full length cinema staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that I had not seen. What a marvelous story!

What can such a film and our study of prayer have to do with that? Well, without giving away anything of the plot, let me just say, Science Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, admitted she never was told how to pray, but when back, she whispered, Thank you!

PRAYING SINCERELY

According to theologian Rudolf Bultmann, “There are two ways to think about the Holy Spirit: ‘animistic’ and ‘dynamistic’. In animistic thinking, it is ‘an independent agent, a personal power which like a demon can fall upon a man and take possession of him, enabling him or compelling him to perform manifestations of power’ while in dynamistic thought it ‘appears as an impersonal force which fills a man or woman like a fluid’. Both kinds of thought appear in Jewish and Christian scripture, but animistic is more typical of the Old Testament whereas dynamistic is more common in the New Testament. The distinction coincides with the Holy Spirit as either a temporary or permanent gift. In the Old Testament and Jewish thought, it is primarily temporary with a specific situation or task in mind, whereas in the Christian concept the gift resides in man permanently.”(From ‘Jesus and the Word’, London, 1952)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of His presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church.

OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS – Youth granted wisdom to be saved. (8-26-16)

Imagine, we are alone somewhere orbiting the earth, in the Russian Soyuz capsule, going 17,000 MPH, some 250 miles up. Having had only 2 weeks training with reentry, and are about to panic. A simple whisper about never learning prayer brought help.

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(gravitymovie.wikipedia.com)

TEAM PRAYER – Social media church. (8-31-16)

The lost mission commander, George Clooney, appeared at the hatch, tapping to come in. He is allowed in with nonchalant instructions that comforted as well as motivated.  As if an angelic visitation, he is gone. The mystery enables the glorious climax.

ETERNAL REST‘ – Video. (9-19-16)

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(scifi.stackexchange.com)

She swims to the shore, kisses the mud, says Thank you, and slowly stands up. Oh, the wonderful firmament of earth’s gravity! Having been even months without it, the mere effort of standing up is a struggle — we get this, but she prayed! (Thank You)

WORLDVIEW TWEEK – Our nation’s future depends on this. (10-2-16)

After the movie, the news media had to wow me with its stupid sexual allegations . . . and now our helpmate called a meeting about the family plans for Thanksgiving, which thankfully won’t include us. And that is a worldview tweek we are okay with.

CONTEMPLATING AMERICA – How to pray for America. (10-10-16)

Fall weather is stimulating. It’s quiet, it’s cool, and the stress from neighbors is relaxed (with leaves all over the bad looking grass, the yard is peaceful). Our focus is on spring cleaning — the fall weather is permitting us to so struggle gently here.

I have given the national news a break. Only our loving Father can be trusted. All our prayers prayed, we can now trust heaven to come down. All of the above titles represent the most recent posts from my other, older website. Prayer is the theme.

How can we ultimately discern the truth? Only Jesus said how. He, himself is Truth. And his word is true Covenant. Can we learn the truth? Yes, by dedicating ourself to him and his agency, the Church. The Church, having both Scriptures and tradition, is the believer’s authority. (Jn 14:6; Is 46:19; 65:16; Jn 5:39, 40)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of God’s presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church . . . put yourself in Dr. Ryan Stone’s place. (This may be easier for some, if not all.)

But relate to God in even the most distant way . . . he is still right there for you. Just greet him. Your heart will catch his present closeness . . . stop denying him. Accept Him and seek his benefits for you: love, joy, peace is yours in him. Just believe, just trust. You can have his personal revelation even now.

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

(If you read this before I link the prayer-hub for your convenience, you can just go to this link: http://doingjourneytogether.wordpress.com/about  and scroll down to the last five articles.

[All copyright material is used with permission according to the fair use provision of US Copyright Law, that specifies, no product is stolen for profit, and due credit is given. Advertising notwithstanding. Author is not liable for claims of church teaching or text reference authority. Opinions are relative to personal status.]

 

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Crosswalking

SOMETHING BELIEVERS SOMETIMES COMMIT TO DO

Yesterday, I was invited to begin a discussion on the website I had to join in order to comment about another blog. It’s called Disqus.com, have you heard of it? So, anyway, I quickly rethought my original comment, which, honestly, was not that good. But since it was a newly posted article that featured the photo of the newly launched US Navy Destroyer Ship and video, my opinion about it, as a classified government issue, and, well, I guess I helped stimulate some activity.

imageHere is the crosswalk I found to post with disqus.com. Located in Hawaii in two locations, someone thought a crosswalk modification might create some interest. But for only eight short paint stripes, the ‘ALOHA’ crosswalk cost their community $4,000 to fix. (kron2.com)

The reason that ‘crosswalks’ came up, was how during our errand-running, we drove through a newly popular business section of our city [Providence] that has had some crosswalks newly installed which we drove over making bumpity-bumpity sounds and made an impression in my conscience. And the theme of my Disqus.com post was appropriate.

ANOTHER IMAGE OF CROSSWALKING

from Christianitymalaysia.com

from Christianitymalaysia.com

MALAYSIA’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN

“Christian suffering has to do with the cross you and I take and heave on our backs. As John White states,

“It is a suffering because of a deliberate choice. The kind of cross to which Christ refers in Luke 9:23 is not a cross of rheumatism or of the petty annoyances in life. It is the badge of a true follower of Jesus. It may take any form, sickness, loneliness, persecution or even death.

 (John White, Magnificent Obsession, rev. ed (Downers Grove, Ill:Inter Varsity Press, 1990), 75.

I cannot actually find an example of “deliberate choice suffering” just mentioned . . . except possibly one. When St. Paul told of his thorn in the flesh, which he wanted to be healed of, and asked three times for relief. You remember that. (2 Cor. 12:7-9) God told him, no. “No, my grace is sufficient for you, your strength is made perfect in weakness.” . . . Which helps my faith to understand, somewhat.

So I have had to go deeper. (Even while the Presidential debates are broadcasting, listen to this!)

OUR PARTICIPATION IN CHRIST’S SACRIFICE

The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the one mediator between God and man. (1Tim.2:5) But because of his incarnate divine person, he has in some way united himself to every man, ‘the possibility of being made partners in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery.’ is offered to all men ” (GS 22 5 cf 2: ref. to Gaudium et spec > [Second Vatican Council paragraph])

“He called his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.” (Mt.16:24)

“For Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example so that we should follow in his steps.” (1 Pe.2:21) 

In fact, Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice, those who were to be his first beneficiaries. (Mk. 10:39; Jn. 21:15-19; Col.1:24)

“This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.” (Lk. 2:35). 

[“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” – St. Rose of Lima, vita mirabilis (“A Wonderful Life”), Louvain 1668]

CARRYING THE CROSS – OIL ON CANVAS

The Crucifixion by Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) Metropolitan Museum of Art

JESUS ACTUALLY DIED NAILED TO A ROMAN CROSS

Listening to a sermon or homily taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells that Jesus died by crucifiction. And his cross-carrying walk happened after a beating that exceeded the maximum stripes. Can we even imagine the severity of pain his skin cried out to him? Then add the pain of muscles lifting to exhaustion!

But, being the Son of God he was, he had to know the depths of suffering he was still willing and able to endure — if only to please his Father in heaven. After all, he had only one life to give, but only his singular, sinless life could pay the huge price needed to redeem all mankind from original sin. [This plan could only be devised by Father and Son.]

ALL MANKIND IS REDEEMED FROM THE ORIGINAL SIN INHERITED FROM ADAM AND EVE 

The wonderful news of this truth is glorious! And history confirms it. But if someone hears and believes this, he still must come into the Church to receive the effected cleansing. The sacrement of baptism is what cleanses a soul from original sin. Did you know this? Hope of being saved is here. Joining the Body of Christ bears entrance to holiness.

The point of crosswalking is simple. Look both ways, up and down, before you decide to cross the street to enter the church. Everyone needs faith to do this, but not understanding the eternal benefits, that are true, and for everyone, might just keep some from desiring to enter. The enemy is smarter than we think, HE can close someone’s mind here.

I learned something about the crucifixion today. I was requested to drive Miss Daisy to a craft store across county lines while the clouds darkened and a wonderful series of cooling showers came all around us. At the store, I walked right to the book display. And there was a new book that caught my eye. The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. I asked to have it.

“How much?” She asked. 

“Twenty dollars.” I said, having looked at the back jacket. 

Then she turned to the front cover, after admitting “we’ll just have to get it then.” 

And then, we both looked at the discount price, which was fifty percent. (That to my mind is a gift of grace!) 

Now let me share what I found what Rabbi Jonathan Cahn said in his book about the crucifixion:

“If the death of the Messiah was ordained by God, an event of the highest holiness, why did it happen through such unholy means?” I asked the teacher. (page 77, The Priests of the Offering)

“The key people who delivered Messiah to his death were the high priests, Sanhedrin, sons of Aaron. They were the regular officials who made offerings of sacrifices, while Yeshua (Jesus) was the Lamb of God, as prophecy tells us. So they killed him because they were anointed to kill God’s Lamb, and he was anointed to die by their authority.”

“So they killed him because they were priests, and he was the sacrifice?” I asked.

“Not because they knew what they were doing, but nevertheless, because they were the ones ordained to do so.” Teacher said.

“But they were evil,” I said, “And their motives and actions were corrupt.”

“And yet through their actions came deliverance,” his teacher said. “The world is filled with evil, with the imperfect and the wrong. But causes all these things, the wrong, the imperfect, and the evil, to work together for the good, the holy, and the perfect. . .in this world and in your life. . .

“The tears, the crises, the heartbreaks, the evil, and all the wrong, will in the end, become the priests of the offering, to fulfill the sacred purposes and blessings God has ordained for your life.” (The Good Friday Sacrifice Mysteries, Charismahouse.com, Lake Mary, Florida, 2016. Used under fair-use provision of the US Copyright laws as permitted.)

IS THERE ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN THIS WORLD WORKING FOR EVIL?

Such revelation of the mystery of how and why our Savior willingly carried his cross to die is understanding my faith can benefit for having. I can even apply this to our national Presidential election even two to three weeks away. The enemy gets me down to think horrible thoughts about a humanist-liberal, atheist woman, cousin Hillary, becoming President.

Having some more understanding about Jesus Christ’s work on the cross that he gloriously finished for us, it seems to me we can find comfort that he humbly knew what he was doing, and by God’s grace he did it! And by God’s grace we receive it! Satan has someplace in our homes, our schools, and our courts. We recommit to carrying the cross he gives us to carry.

My cross is now praying to learn more comforting, mystery-revelations to share with your suffering hearts. 

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

WHAT DOES A PROTEST ACCOMPLISH?

ACLU Rhode Island, ‘Know Your Rights’ pamphlet (riaclu.org)

HOW CAN ONE RACE SAY THEIR LIVES MATTER TO ALL OTHERS AS MUCH AS THEIRS?

BY THE NEWS MEDIA . . .

We are robbed of our dignified livelihood by protests-gone-bad or terrorism, and the media demands steal time and coverage that supersedes routine daily life. Part of the problem is individuals can use the media to sacrifice their own lives for their cause which is not godly, and no one can stop it.  Not the government, not the president, and not God.

There is something dreadfully wrong when the movement stops the news media world and nothing can be done. I got a Facebook post that explains how our freedom is allowing vulnerability to violent people who are willing to let the enemy take over their soul by destroying others indiscriminately. This is a spiritually wicked phenomenon.

Our world was perfectly created by our Father God, but he gave a single rule to follow and that enabled the wicked god-of-this-world to lie and bring about willing disobedience. Hense, civil disobedience was created. And all rule-of-laws is a poor foundation to base our country upon. Our inalienable rights are vested with God—not our US Constitution.

WHAT IS GOD’S PROTEST SAYING?

6-8 God continued: “Preach all this in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. Say, ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and carry them out! I warned your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt and I’ve kept up the warnings. I haven’t quit warning them for a moment. I warned them from morning to night: “Obey me or else!” But they didn’t obey. They paid no attention to me. They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it, until finally I stepped in and ordered the punishments set out in the covenant, which, despite all my warnings, they had ignored.’”

9-10 Then God said, “There’s a conspiracy among the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They’ve plotted to reenact the sins of their ancestors—the ones who disobeyed me and decided to go after other gods and worship them. Israel and Judah are in this together, mindlessly breaking the covenant I made with their ancestors.”

11-13 “Well, your God has something to say about this: Watch out! I’m about to visit doom on you, and no one will get out of it. You’re going to cry for help but I won’t listen. Then all the people in Judah and Jerusalem will start praying to the gods you’ve been sacrificing to all these years, but it won’t do a bit of good. You’ve got as many gods as you have villages, Judah! And you’ve got enough altars for sacrifices to that impotent sex god Baal to put one on every street corner in Jerusalem!” (Jeremiah 11:6-13 MSG)

HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN STILL HAVE HOPE . . .

This week I learned something I have never heard before. When I was five years old, on August 6th, 1945, a date that will live in infamy, an atomic bomb, called ‘Little boy’, was dropped on the large city of Hiroshima, Japan. Everybody knows that, but what I learned today was that eight priests survived despite being close to ground zero. God’s provision saved them miraculously.

(The story is linked here.)

How could I have lived over 70 years and not ever heard about this supernatural fact? It is well documented. And God has educated me by working his plan into my life so that now I can accept such an unusual reality. But now I have to explain to you that I have learned a principle of prayer that all of the eight priests were practicing in their mission. You can too.

Let me digress here. Months ago, I was attacked with ingesting some tree spores, by sneezing , bending over, while tying my shoelaces. My sinuses were immediately infected. I had been fasting two meals a day for a month. My blood thinned without supplementation by vitamin-mineral fortification, and my nose began to bleed . . .

One of the TV Catholic brothers had said he was fasting two meals by having bread and water. I thought I can do that with the high protein bread we buy at the local organic market with large gallon bottles of pure water. It was easy enough, and I lost ten pounds. But I had let lapse the vitamin suppliments we were accustomed to taking, and anemia resulted.

MY AFFLICTION LED ME TO SEEK HELP AND IN TIME LEARNED TO PRAY BETTER . . .

It was seven weeks or more that led me through the treatment process of doctoring my sinusitus. I had begun to think this healing needed more devotion to God. First my morning prayer had to be updated. That story is linked here–my wife had encouraged me with gift crosses from our favorite Hobby Lobby. And I learned how to pray the rosary crossing myself.

The practical point of prayer is to intercede for others, so I began to lengthen my prayer list to include over a thousand names–including family, cousins, pastors, churches, evangelical events, and journalists and government officials who needed prayer. That meant prayer two times a day. Then I learned about novena prayers, and did that mid-day.

All this, made my wife more demanding because she kept me busy doing yard work, wearing mask, and I learned this routine is what monks do, they only pray and work. Now she is happy living with a monk. But one monk doesn’t make a monestery . . .

MEANWHILE BACK TO OUR COUNTRY BEING ATTACKED BY VIOLENT PROTESTS . . .

The answer to our country, if you haven’t figured this already, is the church. Oh, I know that’s hard to accept. But not just any church. We are talking the Holy Catholic Church. Oh, alright, I am not a Catholic, and I am not planning to become one any time soon. (Too many obstacles) But our only conclusion is this, all things are possible with God.

Our nation needs a miracle to survive the coming catestrophic events caused by deranged individuals. Only Christianity has the corporate church; the spiritual body of Christ is able to provide the steps we need to take to withstand an atomic bombing. The explanation is in the power of prayer, one prayer, the Rosary. It is scripturally powerful. Takes 30 minutes.

So you think our enemies are not smart enough to attack with atomic bombs? Well, think again. The salvation of our country is in our faith in our Deliverer. Be forewarned and look up some of my research concerning how bloody smart Satan actually is. But God, our Father, provides for his own people as we are doing what pleases him. (WordPress.com)

AMEN!

[Editor note: This post is written in sincere remorse for the plight of honest protestors, who are openly willing to sacrifice their time and privacy to benefit the cause they believe in. The author is expressing here objective thoughts without malice or forethought to gain any self aggrandizement in light of the sorrowful loss of dedicated public servants. CB3]

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

“Forming your conscience”

(taken from morethings.com)


IS YOUR CONSCIENCE FORMED YET?

Recently, my darling wife has been stuck in her design mode of trying to create a silk purse out of the sow’s ear with her patio furniture and potted plants. She has great taste for comfortable chairs, and a marvelous selection of flowers and ivy. However, her daily occupation has been to change what she arranged the day before. Again and over again. I am neutral, but began to think, something is wrong here.

My prayer for her, along with the thousand other individuals, has produced the title for today’s post. When I Googled the short phrase, the offerings seemed only to be Catholic teaching. I read this out loud and concluded easily the principle here can apply with Vivian, but also with our country, politics, party platforms, and presumptive candidate at large.(adw.org)

And speaking openly about the biased media reports lately, no one has any answer closer than this than our Catholic Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. I Just heard him say on MSNBC, he would recommend that every citizen vote according to his conscience. Of course, he has learned the meaning of our conscience, being Catholic. But we don’t have this yet.

THE CONSCIENCE ACCORDING TO CATECHISM

“1776, Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment … for man has in his heart a law inscribed by God … his conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.” (www.vatican.va)

“THE FORMATION OF CONSCIENCE”

“1783, Concience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer his own judgment and to reject authoritative teaching.”

THE CERTAIN JUDGMENT

“1800, A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. And 1802, The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it in practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.”

“THE IDEAL CONSCIENCE: CORRECT AND CERTAIN”

Fr. Kenneth Baker in his work for Fundamentals of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1983), tells us; “A person may think he is justified in perpetuating an act of terrorism, he might even be sincere. But that doesn’t make terror and murder good. Today, due to philosophical currents of subjectivism and relativism, many persons tend to absolutize the individual conscience. . .

“They neglect the objective principles of morality and claim that an action is good or bad simply because they think it is good or bad. Some of the results of this mentality are a breakdown in public morality, increased violence in the streets, premarital sex, shoplifting, and so forth. . .

“We should cultivate not only a good moral conscience, but also a Christian conscience — which is something much more. In addition to reason, we have the added advantage of grace — personal grace, revelation, the teaching of the Church and good examples of the saints.

“We should learn to judge all things in the light of salvation offered to us in Jesus Christ. He is the model and examplar, for He is the Way and the Truth and the Life.”

CURRENT EVENTS INCLUDED WITH LOVE

We can know in our conscience (heart of hearts), that we will come to positive solutions. Whether with my wife’s patio, porch designs, the presidential conventions, laws for moderate gun-control measures, immigration or terrorism, our consciences being properly formed not by social media, cable networks, but family, Church and proper allegiances.

I am being shown to live according to my conscience. I hope this post is helpful for you too. Even if it does take a lifetime to form our conscience, knowing it can be done, that our Savior, his Mother, and all the saints will help us; and the increased years of living to do this, is far worth all our efforts. But that’s not all!

I am now consoled that my wife is in this lifetime process, right along with me. And all we are doing over and over again is more than recreation. It is only our consciences striving for the perfection we were created to achieve. How we will vote come November, is another matter. But I now believe the collective conscience of our party will be well formed by then.

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

RECONCILIATION — Prayers for RNC confession

 

This morning as I made my bed, the words, ‘ministry of reconciliation’ were impressed in my conscience. This gave me thoughts of how this week I have become truly disappointed with what the Republican candidate said not presidentially.

You have heard them. That’s not the point. How can he recover from it? The dear cable media has made him to be a clown in Trump clothing, but worse, my personal opinion has changed to agree with the media — Clinton is presidential!

Right, I need to confess this. Can somebody help me go to confession, and can anyone help Donald Trump go to public confession? (He needs desperately to change his heart and get back into some semblance of Evangelical centrality, or RNC is over.)

THANK GOD FOR THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

“The Catholic sacrement of reconciliation (also known as penance) has three elements: Conversion, confession, and celebration.”[Americancatholic.org]

Is it any wonder that the Speaker of the House, Congressman Paul Ryan, who is a faithful Catholic, having finally endorsed Donald Trump one day, had to censure his remarks on the very next day? The media has unleashed the monster political sin.

Thinking about this, my conscience has come up with the only solution of hope for our families, our nation, and our world. Lately, I have expanded my prayer ministry, by offering what the Church calls novenas, nine prayers for nine days, to canonized Saints. [Nine days represents the period from the Ascention to the Pentacost.]

ONLY THE PATRON SAINT FOR STATESMEN CAN HELP TRUMP

Here is how I found this. I have been praying several targeted prayers for certain complaints, like digestive ailments, the liver, runaway child, and each have a patron saint assigned by the church. So I search for who they are and find their novena.

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Saint Thomas More canonized in 1935 for his martyrdom in 1535. (Wikipedia.com)

Saint Thomas More is who I found for our devout followers to pray his novena. If God the Father hears such prayers, and we know he does, the Donald Trump will have to wake up and fly right! We cannot afford to allow liberals to run our nation godlessly.

(Read the words of the specific prayer here) Pray to God and use the matchless name of Yeshua-Jesus, and his ministry of reconciliation (meaning, going to confession, taking communion, and adoring the Eucharistic Covenant . . . signifying holiness.)

Having just read the above novena, notice how speaking to the Saint, is most complementary and descriptive of his character as history recorded. Fill in the blank with: For Donald Trump to see, hear and feel blessed Thomas’ character to live it.

Together we can realize the miracle of our nation’s salvation on Election Day.

Charles

@wordlifejournal

 

MISSION POSSIBLE: Prayer for saints’ intercession.

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Saint Peter with the keys of the kingdom, interceding for the church.

Questions: Who is in this ‘great cloud of witnesses’ all around us? (Hebrews 12:1) Are they not the many saints that make up the heavenly host? And if we are not able to pray to them so much, are they not able to intercede for us? 

Answer: 

THE INTERCESSION OF THE SAINTS

“Fundamentalists often challenge the Catholic practice of asking saints and angels to pray on our behalf. But the Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us.

“Thus, in Psalm 103 we pray, ‘Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!’ (Ps. 103:20–21). And in the opening verses of Psalms 148 we pray, ‘Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!’

“Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation, John sees that ‘the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the Saints.’ (Rev. 5:8). Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.” (Catholic.com)

WHY DO CATHOLICS PRAY TO SAINTS?

“When Catholics say the word saint, they are usually talking about a specific kind of saint, a canonized saint. Catholics should probably be more explicit so as not to cause confusion.

“The Church recognizes some Christians (saints) that have endured, entered Heaven and won the crown, and while there, have proven to be serious prayer warriors for us on earth. The Church must be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the saint is in heaven. This is why they go through so much scrutiny over each and every saint. When they canonize someone they are really saying: ‘Hey, this person had a very cool relationship to the Lord while on earth and now they are in heaven and are really praying hard for us.

“Any evangelical could look at people who have been canonized by the Catholic Church and say, ‘yeah, that person is in heaven. That’s a good choice.’ (Catholicbridge.com)

WHAT IS DIVINE MERCY?

“Divine Mercy gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture. In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, ‘The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God’s mercy to sinners’ (1849). Right there: That summarizes it. Divine Mercy is the Gospel. It’s the good news. And so, it gets to the very center of our faith. Moreover, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, ‘Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of Christian faith and prayer.’ Benedict even goes so far as to say, ‘Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message.’

“Okay, so what is Divine Mercy? What is this thing that gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture and to the very center of our faith? To begin, mercy is ‘love’s second name,’ as John Paul II said. ‘It’s a particular kind of love, a particular mode of love when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin.’

“Divine Mercy is when God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin. In fact, because this side of eternity we’re all sinners and because suffering is our lot in life, God’s love for us here always takes the form of mercy. It’s always the Lord stepping out in compassion to help us poor, weak, and broken sinners. From our perspective, then, every good we receive is an expression of Divine Mercy.” (Marians of the Immaculate Conception) [thedivinemercy.org]

My theology401 blog is a personal response to my conscience hearing thoughts from God. This promisedsoil blog expands what I learned from it. And if you have followed me, you may have noticed the consistency, or a direction of my progress. . .

PRAYER IS BECOMING MY EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP SOMEONE

In the past two weeks, I have learned to pray the Rosary every night. Upon that, for my concern about additional online requests for prayer, I found to pray the nine successive days of novena (Latin, novem is ‘nine’) prayers mentioning certain saints as patrons.

So I see the request, like someone on Facebook who is in the ministry who has a liver problem. I search for the patron saint for liver problems, then, for the novena prayer the church has written for the Saint interceding especially for that concern; and pray.

Now, God is enabling me to pray more as I am able. I haven’t heard so much results yet, but yesterday, when a nephew mentioned how his wife was in an accident, my thought rushed to the Daily prayer of Freedom, and that they might want to have it.

Then today, Facebook notified me that my oldest daughter had seconded my offering of daily prayer by saying she was praying along with me for them. That blessed my heart to see how God is bringing his Good News into even our own family suffering.

THE MORE I CHOOSE TO PRAY THE LESS I CONSCIOUSLY SIN

Our prayer requires some concentration, and the words lead to devotion for my heart to lead my mind. (Our spirit is sensitive to written prayers, while either good or bad thoughts can enter our mind.) Keeping notes, I record the good, and rebuke the bad.

Any chance to communicate our efforts of family prayer, is exciting, especially when it is more than ‘like’, or ‘happy birthday’, or ‘Merry Christmas’–if that’s all families give and get. Facebook is about a thousand-word photo, not a prayer–until a tragedy.

Now, we can begin to realize how God gets our attention by allowing the enemy to breach our hedge of protection. It happens, but for good reason. We need to turn away from sin, self, and all fleshly desires. Godly wisdom brings families together.

THE SUFFERING OF YESHUA-JESUS’ PASSION IS MY CONSOLATION

I am finally learning how the church teaches Yeshua-Jesus’ crucifiction can be brought into each day of my life. It is through personal prayer, and communion alone or together. The Catholic mass is a mystery that claims holy presence like no other.

If you think there is some conflict to keep us from gaining a holy life, you are right. The world, the flesh, and self battle over every issue. Yet, there is hope to find help to overcome our family dysfunction. Only faith in Yeshua-Jesus can bring peace.

Let us acknowledge the mystery of the Gospel in every form of prayer can help change and reform our hearts to receive reenforcements, and prevent any enemy advance. Bottom line, increasing devotion to God, his word, and his church is my answer.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

Charles

@wordlifejournal

 

CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH: Trusting God to give this.

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Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California

“Dear Father God, I come before You with a grateful heart for the many blessing that You bestow on us day by day, and praise You that Your mercies are new every morning and You have provided for all our needs – and more besides. You are a great and generous God..
You are so good to all Your creation and have faithfully supplied all our needs, according to Your riches and grace – just as You have promised.

I love that hymn where it says, “count your blessings, see what God has done,” and Father I do count the many blessings that come from You day by day. Please forgive me for the times when I taken for granted the many gifts and graces that come from You – I could not draw another breath unless You give me the strength and yet moment by moment I am being kept in Your love and sustained by Your grace.. Praise Your glorious name, for ever and ever,
Amen”

Monday we heard our doctor say, “You’re good to go Charles!” This was the answer to the above prayer, which came to me from my Twitter follower @rick_warrens. He is one church leader worth following, who can get God on your case.

My wife and I were pleased to hear this, because we suffered with acute sinusitis for over 7-months. My stuffy nose was troublesome for both of us. I couldn’t sleep, always snorting and blowing the nose. But it was infected because of my failure.

We both believe God is a good God and worthy of our conscious acceptance as always acting on our behalf, to keep us from harm, truly. But we know there are the devil and his demons that can infect our lives with sickness and disease. We are only human.

Another teacher, Art Matthias teaches that all sickness is caused by an evil or wicked spirit. Yes! And that is consistent with Deuteronomy 28, where the law (Torah), gives a name of every disease and a license for dark spirits to attack any disobedient believers. (www.akwellspring.com) [BibleGateway.com]

But our faith in God through his only begotten Son Jesus (Yeshua) represents a new and better covenant, which improves upon the law, by providing grace and truth. Our Christian faith is able to grant a sinless existence by obeying Christ (Messiah).

MY SICKNESS WAS CAUSED BY AVOIDABLE SIN

Please let me explain. Our godly existence is maintained by prayer. Self prayer and prayer for others. The above prayer was sent to me  by a staff member in Rick Warren’s church-office. I needed that. (We all need that.)

His online church is growing. I have increased my prayer list to include many pastors, rabbis, priests, sisters, evangelists, bishops, cardinals, and popes, but pastor Rick is the only one God has appointed to send a prayer for me.

Then what do I claim as a fault I should have avoided? Three things: My immune system was weak. I was fasting to lose weight. And I was unprotected from ingesting the dust of tree spores and fungus while raking and bagging leaves.

Such conditions seem common, but they opened the door for an evil sickness or infection that happened to me. How it happened was when I sneezed bending over to tie my boots–it came up and out my nose! (Always hold your nose when sneezing.)

KNOWING THE TRUTH AND OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW OF MESSIAH

Here is my summary. As Christian believers, we are to learn and teach and grow in our faith. Get in the Holy Spirit, and stay there. Check your motives for doing anything for God. To please God is foremost in thinking, praying, and speaking. God loves you!

I let my motives slip, taking God’s hearing my prayers for granted. He does hear them, except when not actively trusting him to hear my prayer. I heard how to fast from a church source, but neglected supporting my immune system. My blood was enemic.

My faith in Christ (Messiah) does not discount my responsibility to take necessary measures to maintain a good diet and moderate exercize. The best way to stay healthy is to pray, pray for others, and hear God’s voice: ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice.’ (1Samuel 15:22,23 (MSG)

May the Lord richly bless you dearly beloved.

Charles @wordlifejournal