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First Saturday in Lent

MY PRAYER STATION IS FOR YOU

Today, Saturday, our RCIA class goes to the diocese’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church of all the churches, so I am feeling blessed to go with my sponsors. I wanted to post last Tuesday’s event of Fat Tuesday, and wrote something about Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day, but I tapped the upper left “x” and it deleted. [That really upset me, but that’s what happens when self-hosting my own blog–so I bit the bullet.] So sorry! (Please forgive me)

I am learning to take responsibility for my actions with respect for the privilege of still having a blog to write. This is keeping my mind active, and my heart listening to my conscience’s God-channel. Prayer is key. Above is my prayer station. I am also blessed with such a comfortable bedroom-office. . .(but this is not supposed to be about me). Mother Mary is in here too:

OUR ELECTION IS MADE SURE

Mother is present at my rosary prayer station to bless me with a gentle assurance.

Can I not have a powerfully growing ministry of prayer since becoming Catholic? Since I am losing my transportation—my astuteness has slipped and I agree with spouse that I am not a safe driver. Church online, and prayer time discipline of two hours and 24 minutes (tithing of 24 hours) has been working and enables me to do multiple duties around the house (thanking God continually).

I have been hearing from God to write my autobiography. This may develop into a novel with characters and their dialogue. Similar to last Christmas’ blog post, I changed all the names of our small family to resemble bible characters. That was successful enough to get a positive response from our main family sponsor.

I just heard that it can have my favorite song attached: even to be the title:

God rest you merry gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay;

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born on Christmas Day;

To save us all from Satan’s power,

As we have gone astray;

O-oh tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfortand joy,

O-oh tidings of comfort and joy.”

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY?

No, we can’t use that song title (as it is copyrighted), so, the words can be made Jewish with the character names taken from public domain. Is this good to you? It can work for me—we’ll just play it by ear. Hopefully the storyline of my life won’t conflict or take away from actual scripture, since the point of writing this is to use my events as an illustration for readers to be motivated to check in the bible how actually does the truth parallel my life.

CREATEES CAN RELATE TO THE CREATOR

My story must parallel human history: What came first? That’s not hard, but how we got here, may be of interest to family readers. [Even if my book manuscript can be published cheaply, and it can help one family member be moved toward their redemption, my life will have been worth living…legacy worth telling.

A simple character with common features we can relate to, and his or her holy name, (ever notice how many people are named after saints?). I can do that, even with my new patron saint, Anselm of Canterbury.

So, this article will be the last for a while, as I am hearing I can have fifty days to write such an original (novel) autobiography. We can do it, with your prayers and God’s help.

KEEPING ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN,

Oh, bye the bye, that first Saturday of Lent, my sponsor did remarkably introduce me to our bishop, a very personable leader in our diocese. I was led to share with him how I was baptized some 55 years ago. That made an impression because I was not able to find any documentation of it.

So, following the election service, where each of us were anointed by him, we walked by him seated with our pastor, Bishop Robert Baker pulled me gently aside to remark how I might require a provisional baptism. The pastor agreed, and we all agreed. Anyway, I was told not to worry, it will happen.(That was February 17.)

It happened as a pleasant surprise to me that on my birthday, March 28, during the vigil practice, I was called to stand and have my baptism before the class and all their families—it was as public as could be. Everyone applauded and accepted the provisional baptism. [My full communion certificate indicated the correct original date of Mother’s Day 1962.]

The week before, I was quick to be in line for my first confession. I was quickly absolved of all 105 sins I listed according to a website called, guide to good confession (nationalcatholicregister.com)

I felt really good for having prepared to mention the most guilt-laden sins first, and in 10-minutes, 55-years of sins were gone. PTL!

We praise Almighty God for his merciful lovingkindness. He has blessed us with his everlasting grace! I have obeyed God leading me to his true family…as well as the recalling my catholic family heritage, for every one who will follow me. (Thank You!)

Charles Anselm Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

[Song words from c.1760, are used with permission according to US Copyright Law, Fair-use provision, and WikipediaCommons, nothing stolen, nothing profited, and credits given.]

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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

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