The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

It is not loving to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person he or she is in sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true. Sin leads to death (James 1:15), and we love the sinner by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We hate the sin by refusing to condone, ignore, or excuse it.
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/love-sinner-hate-sin.html#ixzz3eQ31xaIE

If we were to look at this situation of the Supreme Courts decision on Gay Marriage, from the viewpoint of God, it may look something like this:

Extreme sadness.  God who is our beloved Father in Heaven has seen His children step even deeper into satans territory.  He sees us being so deceived and feeling so unloved.  Oh how He longs for all of us to know Him and to know His deep love for us so that we can truly be fulfilled in this life.  To have the happiness He has always wanted for us.

Great Mercy being unleashed:   Of Course, the Lord knows how we got here in the first place….it has taken many, many years in the making to get to this point.   He has warned us and begged us to come back to Him so that we may find truth and live truth.

We started out with the sexual revolution of the 60’s, which then led to contraception, which then led to legal abortion and now it has culminated in the legalization of Gay Marriage.  Do you see the big picture here.   You can see how  temporary sexual pleasure  has led us to greater and greater evils.  Most of us are guilty to some degree here.  But, God wants to save us poor sinners.  His Mercy is such that when the evil is great, His graces being poured out upon us is even greater.   Its time to latch onto those graces.

As the Catholic Church explains, quite beautifully, in this video, Sexual behavior between gays and heterosexuals (before marriage) is inherently evil because it goes against God’s design of humanity.  This video is very powerful.  Homosexuals explain what they are going through and why.  The Church has always accepted all of humanity regardless of their race or sexual preference.  However,  the Church does not accept the sin.

 

Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/questweek.html#ixzz3eQ4G9GgU

This decision by the Supreme Court flies in the face of God’s laws.   Oh, how I would not want to be one of those Justices who voted for this new law.   God’s justice will be meted out by Him in His time.  We, on the other hand, must not allow satan to deter us from our mission of being a light in the darkness.   Whether  you are indifferent to this law or feel violated by this law….We must stand firm and keep our eyes on the Lord.

satan knows These laws will bring about God’s justice for our nation and that  we will all suffer for the evils we have accepted into our culture and society.   But, Jesus says, “Be not afraid, just have faith” (Mark 5:35).

God is there for us and will grant each one of us the graces we need to stand firm with Him in truth.  He will protect all of us who will not fold under pressure and accept the evils that are now being promoted as good, and the good being promoted as evil.

Blessings to all.

Divine Providence

Every single thing that happens to us in our lives is the result of God’s Permissive will or Divine Will.

God does not tempt us or bring evil upon us…..that is satans job;  however, when God sees that He can bring good out of the evil, He will allow it to be.

So, remember these three words….“All Blessings Come” from all that befalls us in our lives. No matter the event….sickness, death, loss of jobs, financial distress, persecution, or what have you.  If we stay peaceful and calm and call out to God for help and to show us what He is trying to do, He will hear that prayer, if we pray it will sincerity and humility.  He has the solution to absolutely every problem we encounter in our lives.  satan never has the last word….unless we allow him to have the last word.

Despair is a very dangerous and slippery slope to travel upon.  Remember Judas who despaired and hung himself?  God helps us to grow spiritually when we encounter problems of any kind.  Truly, doors that would never be open are opened when we put our Trust and Faith in God, who wants to provide for all of our needs.  He wants to send Blessings our way each and every day.   However, He also likes to test our faith and trust.

Recall Job who lost everything….because God allowed satan to strip him of all his possessions including the loss of all of his children.  Job did not despair but he did complain to the Lord, wondering “what the heck is going on here”.  He knew that he was a righteous man who always tried his best to serve the Lord, and obey the Lord’s commandments so he was truly at a loss.  God allowed satan to do all that he did to job because He wanted to test him.  In the end, Job received more than he had before all the trials started happening.

The same is true for us today.  In sickness and health, good times and bad times God is continually testing and strengthening us for whatever role He has in mind for our lives.  We all have a purpose and we must fulfill that purpose….if we don’t, then God has to find someone else.  Those who suffer the most generally have a greater task to fulfill than one who does not have a lot of suffering.

Suffering prepares us and helps us to surrender our wills to God’s will.  The reading today is very enlightening.  The Lord states that ONLY those who do the will of the Father shall enter Heaven.  It is crucial that we begin to pray and ask the Lord to help us to know His will.  To let go of our own ideas and desires and follow the Lord’s plan.  By following God’s plan, we will find the happiness and security in this life and happiness in the next life.

Scripture: Matthew 7:21-29

21 “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ 24 “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; 25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; 27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.” 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

This scripture passage shows us that during the trials of our lives, we will not fall if we follow God’s divine plan and obey His commandments.  However, those who do not will definitely fall, just as the scripture verse above explains.  The wise man who follows Christ is building his house on the rock.  The foolish man will never get through his trials in life because his life is built upon the sand.

Remember, everything is for our good and if you can just remember that no matter what happens, God ordained it and will bring blessings out of it if you have patience during that trial, accept the trial and pray and ask the Lord for help.  

Do Not Throw Your Pearls Before Swine

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Matthew 7:6,12-14

6 “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you. 12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

This scripture passage has always intrigued me….I would say since my conversion 18 years ago.   What in the world could God mean when He says “do not give dogs what is holy and do not throw your pearls before swine”?..

One meditation on this is as follows:

Meditation: What can pearls and narrow gates teach us about God’s truth and holiness? In the ancient world pearls were of very great value and were even considered priceless. They were worn as prized jewels to make a person appear more beautiful and magnificent to behold. Holiness, likewise, is a very precious jewel that radiates the beauty of God’s truth, goodness, and glory. God offers us the precious gift of his holiness so that we may radiate the splendor of his truth and goodness in the way we think, speak, act, and treat others. We can reject or ignore this great gift, or worse yet, we can drag it through the mud of sinful behavior or throw it away completely.

Pearls before dogs and swine
Why does Jesus contrast holiness and pearls with dogs and swine (Matthew 7:6)? Some things don’t seem to mix or go together, like fire and water, heat and ice, sweat and perfume, pure air and poisonous vapors, freshly cleaned clothes and filthy waste. The Talmud, a rabbinic commentary on the Jewish Scriptures, uses a proverbial saying for something which appears incongruous or out of place: an ear-ring in a swine’s snout. Jesus’ expression about “pearls before swine” and “not giving dogs what is holy” is very similar in thought (Matthew 7:6). Jewish law regarded swine as unclean. Wild dogs were also treated as unfit for close human contact, very likely because they were dirty, unkept, lice-infested, and prone to attack or cause trouble.

What is the point of avoiding what is considered unclean? Jesus’ concern here is not with exclusivity or the shunning of others (excluding people from our love, care, and concern for them). His concern is with keeping spiritual and moral purity – the purity of the faith and way of life which has been entrusted to us by an all-holy, all-loving, and all-wise God. The early church referenced this expression with the Eucharist or the Lord’s Table. In the liturgy of the early church, a proclamation was given shortly before communion: Holy things to the holy. The Didache, a first century church manual stated: Let no one eat or drink of your Eucharist except those baptised into the name of the Lord; for, as regards this, the Lord has said, ‘Do not give what is holy to dogs.’ The Lord Jesus invites us to feast at his banquet table, but we must approach worthily.

Jesus summed up the teaching of the Old Testament law and prophets with the expression, So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them (Matthew 7:12) – and in the same breath he raised the moral law to a new level of fulfillment and perfection. God’s law of love requires more than simply avoiding injury or harm to one’s neighbor. Perfect love – a love which is unconditional and which reaches out to all – always seeks the good of others for their sake and gives the best we can offer for their welfare. When we love our neighbors and treat them in the same way we wish to be treated by God, then we fulfill the law and the prophets, namely what God requires of us – loving God with all that we have and are and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

How can we love our neighbor selflessly, with kindness, and genuine concern for their welfare? If we empty our hearts of all that is unkind, unloving, and unforgiving, then there will only be room for kindness, goodness, mercy, and charity. Paul the Apostle reminds us that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). It is the love of God that fuels our unconditional love for others. Are you ready to let the Holy Spirit transform your life with the purifying fire of God’s love?

The narrow gate and way
Jesus used a second illustration of a narrow gate which opens the way that leads to a life of security and happiness (Matthew 7:13-14) to reinforce his lesson about choosing the one true way which leads to peace with God rather than separation and destruction. The Book of Psalms begins with an image of a person who has chosen to follow the way of those who are wise and obedient to God’s word and who refuse to follow the way of those who think and act contrary to God’s law : Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). When a path diverges, such as a fork in the road, each way leads to a different destination. This is especially true when we encounter life’s crossroads where we must make a choice that will affect how we will live our lives. Do the choices you make help you move towards the goal of loving God and obeying his will?

The Lord Jesus gives us freedom to choose which way we will go. Ask him for the wisdom to know which way will lead to life rather than to harm and destruction. See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil… Therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live (Deuteronomy 3:15-20). Choose this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15). Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death (Jeremiah 21:8). If we allow God’s love and wisdom to rule our hearts, then we can trust in his guidance and help to follow his path of love, truth, and holiness.

“Let me love you, my Lord and my God, and see myself as I really am – a pilgrim in this world, a Christian called to respect and love all whose lives I touch, those in authority over me or those under my authority, my friends and my enemies. Help me to conquer anger with gentleness, greed by generosity, apathy by fervor. Help me to forget myself and reach out towards others.” (Prayer attributed to Clement XI of Rome)

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Unreadiness to receive Godly teaching, by Augustine of Hippo, 430-543 A.D.

“Now in this precept we are forbidden to give a holy thing to dogs or to cast pearls before swine. We must diligently seek to determine the gravity of these words: holy, pearls, dogs and swine. A holy thing is whatever it would be impious to profane or tear apart. Even a fruitless attempt to do so makes one already guilty of such impiety, though the holy thing may by its very nature remain inviolable and indestructible. Pearls signify all spiritual things that are worthy of being highly prized. Because these things lie hidden in secret, it is as though they were being drawn up from the deep. Because they are found in the wrappings of allegories, it is as though they were contained within shells that have been opened.(1) It is clear therefore that one and the same thing can be called both a holy thing and a pearl. It can be called a holy thing because it ought not to be destroyed and a pearl because it ought not to be despised. One tries to destroy what one does not wish to leave intact. One despises what is deemed worthless, as if beneath him. Hence, whatever is despised is said to be trampled under foot… Thus we may rightly understand that these words (dogs and swine) are now used to designate respectively those who assail the truth and those who resist it.” (excerpt from SERMON ON THE MOUNT 2.20.68–69) (rc.net)

(1) The interpretive task is to crack through the shell of the language to its inner spiritual meaning.

Pray for Peace and Calm

I do believe the Lord has taught me a very valuable lesson on remaining calm and peaceful.  A lesson He would like me to impart to others.

Anxiety and stress cause many, many diseases in our bodies.   There is a real connection between the brain and the gut as one example.  And, a large percentage of our immune system is located in the “gut”.  In the past month or so I have been working on gardening and landscaping projects for other people, and then a couple weeks ago, three family members ended up in the hospital or urgent care all at the same time.    My father, my niece, and my husband.  My father has the most dire illness…..he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, after he was ambulanced  to a hospital 2 hours away because his liver was not working.

I thought I was calm but I was not, and I knew it when all of a sudden I was hit with a bad case of IBS once again.  The last time I had a bad case of IBS was when I was stressed to the “max” over a situation I could not control, but wanted to control.

So often we look calm, but our insides are not calm at all.  The Lord has been asking me to pray for Peace and Calm for quite some time now, and now I know why.  I was diligently praying for this until I became so busy that I forgot.  (being too busy is from the evil one.

He has shown me that even though I looked calm on the outside my insides were churning away causing much havoc in my body.  We are all prone to anxiety when loved ones are ill or we are “too busy”.

I read something not too long ago about something God the Father spoke:  He said  “Your spirits suffocate under the attack of all of this noise.  In silence comes peace, the peace within which I would speak to you.”

The busier life seems to get, make more time for prayer and sitting silently with the Lord.  Lesson No 1.

Abandon all situations to Jesus through Mary.  Lesson No. 2

Cast all your cares upon the Lord and Trust Him.

Meditate on Scripture and journal your thoughts (Jesus will speak to you through scripture)

How God Works:  Last Thursday I was working on a gardening project, and that morning I was trying to figure out what time I needed to quit working so I could get to my adoration hour by 3 pm.  I decided I needed to be done by 2 pm.  I then figured that after adoration, I could run and get the granite pavers I needed for a landscaping project I was doing for someone else and then make it back in time for an appt. at 7pm.

I was being tempted not to go to Mass that morning because that would mean I would have a couple of more hours to work on these projects.  However, I did not give into the temptation because I figured that God would take care of it, if I put Him first).

And He did.  I completed the gardening project by 1:45.  I could not believe this as I thought for sure I would still be working on it the next day. I then had Plenty of time to go home and have something to eat and then go to Adoration.  My husband then calls me and tells me he will not need me to make supper that night.   Therefore, I was able to go and get the pavers and finish my landscaping project by 6:15 which I told myself I needed to do to make my 7 pm appointment.  Not only that but I had just the right amount of pavers to finish my project.

You see how God takes care of us and our daily activities if we just trust in Him and surrender everything to Him through Mary, which I did.   But, I was much too busy and going non-stop.   That is not from God.  I was not sitting very long with the Lord in silence like I usually do, my number one mistake.

SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE!!!!!!!!!!!

Take the time to pray more and sit silently with the Lord no matter how busy you are, He will take care of your schedule.   He does it every time.  Try it and see, and you will find that you are much more peaceful and calm……and you won’t cause havoc in your body from all the stress.

 

 

A Teaching on our Conscience

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A few days ago I was reading something on our conscience and it was so interesting that I thought I would share it with you.

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 him 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.”47 (CCC)

Conscience is the means God has given us to make moral decisions. Our freedom demands that we use it: “When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking.” (Catechism, 1777)

But we compromise this dignity of conscience if we haven’t formed our conscience well, or when we do not take care to reason clearly and objectively. Again, Pope John Paul II teaches:

Jesus alludes to the danger of the conscience being deformed when he warns: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Mt 6:22-23).
(Veritatis Splendor, 63)

Erroneous judgment

Conscience does not always judge properly. Out of ignorance or bad reasoning, it can judge wrongly.

Erroneous judgment is often our own fault, and can have many causes (from Catechism, 1791-2):

Lack of care in forming our conscience or our powers of reason
Misunderstanding conscience
Damage caused by repeated and habitual sin
Following the bad example of others
Rejection of Church teaching
Ignorance of Christ and the Gospels
Neglecting the work of our conversion to Christ
Neglect of charity
If our conscience errs and we’re responsible for the error, then we are guilty of the evil committed. We are not guilty for the evil if we’re not responsible for the error.

But even if the guilt is not imputable to us, it’s still an evil act. This greatly hinders our ability to advance in the moral life and live in union with God. As Pope John Paul II puts it:

…[T]he performance of good acts… constitutes the indispensable condition of and path to eternal blessedness…. Only the act in conformity with the good can be a path that leads to life….
If [an act is not good]…, the choice of that action makes our will and ourselves morally evil, thus putting us in conflict with our ultimate end, the supreme good, God himself.

(Veritatis Splendor, 72, emphasis in the original)

More here

There was a time when I was in great darkness and my conscience was not properly formed.  However, once I returned to God and began listening to Him, praying, and having the desire to amend my life, I would often ask Him what my sins were.   It is so strange, but I remember feeling so joyful when my sins would come to mind.  I was happy to know and understand what I have done wrong.  Now, if anyone else came up to me and told me my sins, I don’t think I would have been as joy-filled.  But, for some reason, God does it in such a way that is gentle and loving.  You don’t feel threatened or resentful in the least.

I think most people will tell you this is true for them as well.  God is so loving we never have to worry.  He doesn’t lay the guilt trip on us or make us feel ashamed of what we have done.  He merely wants us to have sorrow for committing the sin and a desire to amend our lives so as not to commit the sin anymore.  Especially, the grave sins.

In Scripture the judgment of conscience often is attributed to the “heart” (see Jb 27.6; Ps 16.7), which receives and retains God’s law (see Dt 6.6–9; Ps 37.31; 40.9; Prv 7.1–3) and which can be enlightened by his gift of wisdom (see Ps 90.12; Prv 2.9–11). Again, the work of conscience in Christian life is assigned to the renewed “mind” (see Rom 12.1–2). But the technical term “conscience” seldom is used; indeed, no Hebrew word exists for this specific concept. In the New Testament “conscience” refers mainly to awareness of wrongdoing, especially the pangs experienced after one has done wrong.6

3. Although they lack divine revelation, even the Gentiles are said to have this awareness of right and wrong; it is part of the human make up created by God. Conscience, which is joined to knowledge of moral norms written in the heart, serves the Gentile as the demand of the revealed law serves the Jew (see Rom 2.14–16).

More here

If you haven’t contemplated your sins as of late, it is never too late.  Jesus is asking all of us to examine  our consciences on a daily basis.

1 Timothy 1:18–19
18 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.

Blessings everyone.

Black Cumin Seed Oil- used for many diseases

imageI have never heard of Black Cumin Seed Oil, but I ran across a few articles on the stuff and I couldn’t believe how powerful this is for healing many of our diseases.  I have found many peer reviewed research studies on this oil, which I believe is around 600 plus to date, so its not one of those myths.

For your information I will provide a number of links to the research material as well as the many benefits outlined by various sites, so please check it out.  The picture above was taken from Tropical Traditions.  You can purchase pure oil from them.  Find it here.

published studies here.

Of the 630 scientific peer-reviewed articles that have been published about black seed oil benefits, one fact is clear: there are few issues that it cannot help the body overcome. With virtually no side effects, the healing prowess of black seed is actually quite unbelievable and it boggles the mind that most Americans have never heard of it!

Unique Black Seed Oil Benefits
The uniqueness of the seeds from southwest Asia Nigella sativa is first realized by the many names that it is referred to: (1)

Black cumin
Black caraway
Black sesame
Onion seed
Roman coriander
“Black seed” is actually more of a description than a proper name, yet is preferred because it helps to distinguish it from caraway and cumin. Many health experts claim that it is, indeed, a true panacea; able to help cure everything from allergies to hypertension. Quite possibly, the most promising research has been done connecting Nigella sativa to multi-drug resistant bacteria. This is a real big deal because these so-called “superbugs” are becoming a significant public health risk. According to the National Institute of Health: (2)

Virus Vs Immune SystemStrains of bacteria and viruses that are antimicrobial-resistant are becoming virtually impossible to treat; including HIV, staphylococcal, tuberculosis, influenza, gonorrhea, candida, and malaria.
Between 5 – 10% of all hospital patients develop an infection from superbugs.
More than 90,000 of these patients die every year, up from 13,300 patient deaths in 1992.
People infected with superbugs typically have longer hospital stays, require more complicated treatment and don’t recover as well.
A study conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College researchers set out to determine just how potent black seed oil against some of these superbugs and pared it against several antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Gatifloxacin and Tetracycline. According to the study,

“Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil of black cumin!”

Next to oil of oregano, few things on the planet can boast this type of potency to microbes! The study uncovered that it was especially effective against multidrug resistant strains of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus.

Top 7 Black Seed Oil Benefits

Of the many ways that black seed oil benefits the body, the 6 that stick out in the scientific literature its ability to help prevent cancer, diabetes, obesity, hair loss, skin disorders and infections like MRSA.

The key to understanding why black seed oils benefits the body in this way is because it is rich in 3 key natural chemicals: thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol.  Read more here about this powerful seed.

Some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of Black Cumin Oil – include, but are not limited to…

Cancer
Heart Disease
Improves hair growth and even prevents poliosis (early graying).
Boost production of bone marrow
Allergies and Sinusitis
Anxiety and Nervous Tension
Bronchitis
Colds and Flu’s
Colic (babies)
Diabetes
Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
Hair Loss
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
Insomnia
Intestinal Parasites
Lethargy and Depression
Migraines
Parasites
Candida Albicans
Decreases the cholesterol level in blood
Prevents development of inflammatory processes in the cardiovascular system
Helps fortify and increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls
Helps Acne
Helps relieve backache, arthritis and rheumatism
Helps Burns
Helps with Eczema
Fungal and other Infections
Joint Pain
Psoriasis
Sore Muscles
Analgesic (pain-killing)
Antibacterial
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-ucler
Anti-cholinergic
Anti-fungal
Anti-hypertensive
Antioxidant
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Bronchodilator
Gluconeogenesis inhibitor (anti-diabetic)
Hepato-protective (liver protecting)
Hypotensive
Insulin sensitizing
Interferon inducer
Asthma
Increases flow of breast milk in nursing mothers
Stimulates menstrual periods
Chronic fatigue
Increases healthy fat in the blood
Improves body tone
Calms nervous system
Stimulates urine productionImproves respiratory problems/symptoms
Fights infectious disease
Weakness
Prevent epileptic seizures
Dermatitis
Prostate issues
Gallbladder stones
Kidney stones
Hemorrhoids
Varicose veins
High blood pressure
Depression
Difficult circulation and many other health problems.
Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
Boosts immune system function and response
Boosts functioning of metabolic processes.
Nourishes the skin and helps in the regeneration of damaged cells
The Best Way To Consume Black Cumin:
The “OIL” – is the most effective form to consume Black Cumin because the oil is more concentrated than whole seeds unpressed, and is more readily assimilated. Also, because of it’s potent, absorbable concentration – only 1 teaspoon is needed per dose.

Most health experts and natural physicians recommend taking 1 teaspoon of the oil two times per day for therapeutic effects, on an empty stomach/before meals and bedtime. Or once per day, for a healthy maintenance dose or as a preventative measure.

Black Cumin can have sedative effects for some though, and because the oils have bile-expelling characteristics, in my opinion, it is best taken in the evening – unless utilizing 2x per day for therapeutic benefits. You can take the oil on its own, mixed in water or juice (*great with raw honey), or can be added to warm tea – like herbal chai, etc.

More here from “Black Cumin Seed Oil – Your ultimate Life Elixir

As a side note since we are speaking of health, I recently found the best protein bars around for my father who is a diabetic.  loaded with protein and fiber, super low sugar and all natural healthy ingredients.  check them out here.  Diabetic Kitchen

 

Jesus speaks to those contemplating suicide

Suicide is becoming more and more common during these last number of years.  Jesus wants to speak to those individuals who feel they cannot go on anymore.  They are in despair.   If you are one of these individuals or you know of someone who is in terrible darkness right now, please let them read these words from Jesus.
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I have many things to say to those who are considering this act of self-harm.  I love you.  I see your pain.  I understand that you long for relief from your anguish.  Please bring your anguish to Me.  I can help you.  You are so valuable to the Kingdom and I need you to help bring Me to others.

How?  you say, in your great interior grief.  “How could I possibly be helpful to Jesus and to others?”  

I will tell you.  Your pain is the pain of many in the world today.  Many souls feel your grief, your hopelessness.  Many carry heavy crosses of illness and addiction, loneliness and hopelessness, rejection and anxiety.  Many of My children look into their future and see only more grief and pain and this takes their courage from them.  Dearest friend, you  must not do this.  Do not look into tomorrow and expect todays’s pain to be repeated.  You are not certain of such an occurrence.  You cannot be certain because I, God, could change your life during this day, today.  You must remain in this day, in the present, because I have given you adequate grace to deal with your cross.  It is only when you look into the future and think that your Jesus will send you no relief that you find life unmanageable.  Understand this.  Your life is only unmanageable if you put Me out of it.  If you let Me into your heart, into your life, I will make it not only  manageable, but joyful.

You are skeptical.  You cannot believe in a future with joy because the present holds such pain.  I understand this, just as I understand everything about you.  You may not know Me well so I will tell you something about Myself that may help you to decide that trusting Me is a good decision.

I have never been know to break a promise.  Never.  Today, I have a promise for you.

If you ask Me to help you, I will help you.  As Me, My beloved one.  You are important to imagethis Kingdom and I have a plan for you.  I need you.  I need you to serve in a way that you do not and cannot understand today, in your great hopelessness.  I will reveal the plan but you will have to be courageous  and allow Me to move you from this place of despair to a place of hope in your heart.  I will do so.  I will move you along, away from your sadness.  You must trust Me just a little bit and give me just a little bit of time.  Even now, as you read these words, hope is stirring within you.  This hope is from Me and it is the smallest indication of what I will bring to you.  I am giving you courage.  I am giving you hope.  Rest with Me.

Say this, “I will rest myself against Jesus and wait for Him to send relief.”

I will send relief.  Do not be afraid.  I am with you now and I will never leave you.

Jesus  (given to Anne from Direction for our Times).

 

What is Love?

 

imageI have been reflecting on God’s Love for us and when  I asked Him what He wanted me to write about,  the words that came to me were,  “tell them of my great Love“.  But, how can one really fathom His love when it is so deep, so beyond what we see in ourselves or others.  We identify love by how we experience love from others – mainly our parents, siblings, spouse,  children, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc.

Can we fathom this kind of Love that God has for each of us?  Perhaps some of you can, but I struggle with that.  I cannot fathom that kind of love which is  perfectly patient, kind, gentle, self-sacrificing, etc.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)  

God, if you can imagine this, knew us before we were even conceived in the womb and takes so much delight in us, His children.  (“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Jeremiah 1:5).  He never takes His eyes off of us…He sees all our woundedness and the reasons why we are sad, discouraged, happy, loving, angry, jealous….everything.  He knows and understands us completely.  He does not love us less when we sin, but rather compassionates with us.  He knows our weaknesses and the whys of our actions.  Where others will judge our actions, God does not….because He sees into our hearts.  That is why only He can judge us justly.

Imagine, if you will, that someone you love very deeply ignores you, abandons you, betrays you, insults you…what do you do?  Are you hurt?  Of course you are.  How we react is the real question.  Do we react with great love towards that person or do we fling hateful words and thoughts their way.  Do we seek revenge in anyway,  or ignore them and stop loving because of their behavior towards us?  Perhaps we struggle to forgive them and hang on to grudges.  In any event, to put God’s kind of love towards us into perspective, we need to reflect on what He did and does when we hurt Him, reject Him, abandon Him, insult Him, don’t trust Him, or Hope in Him.  He remains at our side at all times.  He never abandons us or hurts us or holds any grudges against us.  His love is selfless and unconditional.  He will always be there for us no matter how bad or sinful we may be.  No matter the sin we commit, He is there for us and will never reject us.

This is why Jesus wants us to reflect on His Passion….because He is trying to show us that no matter how awful we are He is ready to die for us again and again and again if need be just so we can be with Him forever.  He shows us that no matter how badly we treat Him He still loves us and He proved this through His passion.image

His love and Mercy are infinite.  Never ending.  He wants us to know that He is real and He truly LOVES us and is just waiting ever so patiently for us to come running to Him and to show Him our Love in return.  Can we do that?  When we do He will spark a fire within our  heart and soul.  We will feel His presence like never before.  If we need hope or encouragement, we will begin to  feel those feelings within us… Right now.

We must know that God hurts too.   When we do not reciprocate His love with love He hurts.     None of us want to hurt God and perhaps we don’t think of Him as hurting, but it is true.  He weeps and is very sad when we don’t love Him.  He is our Father and what father is not sad when their child rejects him.  What Mother is not sad when their child is hurting…This is how we must look at God.  Perhaps if we can look at Him in this way, He will seem much more approachable.  A God who truly does care about our every need and wants us to be happy.   We have this head knowledge that God loves us, but now it needs to seep into the very depths of our hearts and then we will cry out “Abba, Father”.

May we all know God’s deep love for us.  Blessings to you

Details on the Devil by Charlie Johnston – Repost

This is too informative not to pass on.  Enjoy
Some Details on the Devil

By Charlie Johnston

(This article is not private revelation, so please do not treat it as such. It is, however, informed by my observations from a rather unique perspective over the last half-century)

Even the most brilliant man will become stupid under the influence of vanity and malice. Consider the devil. He has more knowledge than all of humanity combined. He is brilliant, shrewd, devilishly clever – yet he is also history’s greatest bungler. One of the reasons the satan so loves to find and use our vanity against us is that he knows how much damage it has done to him over the eons.

God calls us to seek what is right, true and just, even as we understand our limitations and propensity for error. Vanity causes us to change our focus from seeking what is right and true to believing whatever we say or do is right and true. Contradiction is always uncomfortable, sometimes painful. When we get caught up in vanity, it soon begets malice as we seek to retaliate against those who contradict us. If our error is bad enough, it can become a humiliation, which sparks obsessive malice and wrath.

The devil is nothing but vanity and malice. Contrary to romanticized popular fiction, he will end up with no kingdom, no henchman, no power. In the end, he will be as alone, isolated and desolate as everyone else who chose hell. He knows this, yet the illusion that he is a dark competitor with the Lord of Hosts serves his only purpose – to disfigure, mutilate and destroy man. For though the satan knows he gets nothing in the end, yet he still leads opposing forces to God in the great battle for humanity – and each soul is the battleground. If he can use his romanticized image as a powerful competitor to God to destroy man, that suits him just fine.

His brilliance gives him tactical superiority over all men, with thousands of types of attack, each precisely calibrated to the weakness of each man. Man has only one defense – to hold fast to Christ, as the satan uses every gambit to bully, seduce, cajole, flatter or terrify him into letting go. A moment is all that is needed for him to inflict terrible damage. The dullest man who humbly holds fast to Christ is invulnerable to the satan; the cleverest man who engages with the devil is lost before he begins. Yet even with all his tactical brilliance, satan’s malice causes him to make huge strategic errors. He cannot resist causing man to suffer – and does some things that undermine his own cause to enjoy the thrill of watching men writhe in agony.

The best modern example of this is abortion. Persuading people that it is their right, that it is good to slaughter their own infants gives satan delicious pleasure, but also does him terrible damage. The children murdered through this satanic attack are immediately received into heaven, borne up by both the baptism of blood and of desire. They spend their heaven interceding and praying ceaselessly for their parents, most especially their mothers, that those parents might repent, embrace God’s forgiveness and grace, that they all might be joyfully re-united in heaven. Though the children are the obvious temporal victims, the primary target is those who are left behind. Some women despair over what they have done, finding that the abortion has opened up a wound in their heart that will not heal. Many suffer in silence. Others become shrill advocates for abortion, desperately trying to quiet the consciences that silently but relentlessly accuse them night and day, trying to convince themselves that it was right to execute their child. Some enter into desperate, unrelenting despair; others so coarsen their conscience that it is mutilated beyond recognition. Either way, the satan gains a victim. That is just the agony of those directly involved in procuring abortion. It has an even larger cultural price. What of the children of “pro-choice” parents? How can they possibly believe they are loved for their very selves? They know they are merely random survivors of the deadly gauntlet the womb has become. Truly, if abortion were just, life would have no transcendent meaning. It would be short, brutish and nasty, with raw power the only palliative. Having raised this standard, is it any wonder that a dark nihilism, sometimes spilling into murderous rage and despair, stalks our culture, particularly among the young? But this despair comes at an ever-increasing cost for the devil. The millions of mature souls, butchered before they were born, cry out for justice against the satan and for the reclamation of their parents – and the Lord of Hosts is not deaf to their cries.

The nature of God is, through the love that processes unceasingly among the Persons of the Trinity, to create. Man, made in the image of God, is called to live that love and, with God, participate in creation, itself. Man is NOT primarily a consumer, but a creator. The nature of the satan is, through malice, to negate, mutilate and destroy what God has created. To Lucifer, man is as lowly, pathetic and loathsome as a maggot is to a man. That God should have made these pathetic creatures in His own image offended the satan’s vanity. Even worse, these lowly men were able to do something no angel has ever or ever will be able to do: participate with God in the act of creation, itself. Creation is the most refined and noble of Divine Acts. Every angel is impotent, a servant in the Master’s house. Men are called to be heirs of the Master. This provoked the satan into a jealous rage. It is why so much satanic activity involves disordered sexuality.

Even when men do not, the satan and his minions properly esteem the dignity of the capacity to participate in creation, a dignity they can never have. In part, the satan and his minions are neurotically driven to imitate the acts which, in men, can be so fruitful but among angels must ever be meaningless and barren. The larger part, though, is to indict those to whom the dignity of this gift was given – us. Satan ever accuses man of being unworthy of God. When he persuades men to butcher their own children, to make a mockery of creation by calling what is barren in its very nature to be right in the sight of God, the satan is demanding that God acknowledge error, to concede that men are not worthy of this dignity He gave them over His servants, the angels. Would that we would not be so eager to prove him right. Thus, while not all sexual disorder is satanically inspired, almost all satanic activity involves sexual disorder. It is the signature of this serial killer of souls.adam_and_eve_driven_out_of_eden

The main tools the satan uses to get men to turn loose of Christ are vanity, despair and confusion. But he has an infinite variety of subtle tools to spark these responses – and tailors every attack to the weakest point of the one attacked.

In the late 90s, I was warned by my angel that the devil was now targeting me – and would be sending me false visions to attempt to deceive and seduce me. It was at that time I began adopting a set of protocols that must be met before I would even consider a vision or visitation potentially authentic. I have never written these down or spoken them aloud to anyone. Sure enough, I received several visions that were marvelously comforting and seemed true – but contained some small detail that was objectively contrary to what the Church teaches. I immediately rejected them. I have the capacity to banish some things from my mind almost altogether. In fact, I only have one fleeting memory of an innocuous portion of one of those visions, I so completely banished them. I felt pretty good – thought I was fairly adept at recognizing false visions. Then, in one of the rare occasions he has ever treated me with exasperated disgust, my angel appeared briefly and told me tersely, “He is not trying to convince you of what is in the visions – he is trying to convince you he is clumsy.” I was shaken and embarrassed. I hate to disappoint my angel…but I was disappointed I had allowed the satan to enflame a subtle vanity in me.

Do you think your sins are too great for God to forgive? That is just an ugly variant of pride masquerading as humility to blind you to the sin in it. The pride is that you are such a mighty actor that you can sin beyond the reach of God’s mercy. Come crawling back every time. Are you so ashamed of your sins that you just don’t think about it – and miss Mass, thinking you are unworthy? Again, just ugly pride masquerading as humility – as the devil laughs at you.

Are you obsessed with making family and friends believe as you do? It is a more subtle form of pride that persuades you their salvation is dependent on you – and a failure of trust in God. You depend on yourself rather than God. If you would truly trust God, you would give witness in season, hold your counsel out of season, but love always, for as it is written in I Peter 4:8, “love covers a multitude of sins.” It covers not only your sins, but that of those you love. Do penance for them, pray quietly and constantly for them – without making a show of it or burdening them – and then trust with an iron faith, like St. Monica, that the Lord will rescue those you love through your loving penance. This is one of the satan’s favorite gambits against genuinely pious souls who yet lack iron trust – to attack those close to them. Trust truly and hold fast to the Lord with all your heart and He will not suffer those you love to perish.

If you are prone to fantasies of heroic prowess, the devil will gleefully cower before you to persuade you that you can handle a demon. All he needs is for you to depend on yourself rather than Christ for a few moments to crush you.

Think about the characteristics in you that you are most proud of, that make up your identity. The devil will use these against you…either by confirming them so that you think you are great or by confounding them so you fall into a morass of confusion. Some people are prone to conspiracy theories. If you are one, you can expect to see many confirmations of such things this year that will ultimately turn out to be false, that the devil may convince you you are preternaturally clever. Some people are skeptical of everything. If you are one, you can expect to dismiss some things that turn out to be true for the same reason. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

Oddly enough, I am a skeptic, dismissing almost all conspiracy theories as the poppycock they usually are. (I appreciate the irony. I sometimes suspect that the Persons of the Trinity amused themselves as they sent me to my mother’s womb by saying, “Hey, let’s make this guy a skeptic by nature…they won’t see that coming.”) Sometimes I miss things because of it. One client of mine, a formidable and accomplished woman, once insisted she was being marginalized by the sexism of some substantial men in the district. I pooh-poohed it and told her to quit feeling sorry for herself. She did. Later I found she was right and I was wrong. I apologized profusely and she told me she let it go after she knew I couldn’t see it. I thought she was calling me a sexist, but she explained I was so far from it that I couldn’t imagine it in others I respected. I failed her because I didn’t look. In my defense, I had another client, a brilliant man who was given to a little paranoia. We actually made a good team – he would run his dark fears by me, and if I firmly dismissed them, so would he, even though he still felt them. At one point, he asked me to take on a special task because he thought there was a ridiculously huge conspiracy against him in a particular situation. I rolled my eyes and took the assignment because of my respect for him – and came to find he was absolutely right. We popped the conspiracy. As I thought about it, I was most pleased that he had trusted me to examine it honestly, even though he knew I was dismissive of such things. The devil loves to confirm what you are already inclined to believe to deceive you. Examine everything.

A good examination of conscience goes a long way to revealing the hidden vanities that lurk in the heart’s depths. I dislike a lot of such examinations because they get too scrupulous and can have you despairing of things that are of little or no account. They are almost as bad as no examination at all. I think this one from the National Catholic Register is a pretty good one. Above all, know that the devil will rarely come at you dressed as the devil. He will come telling you that you are right! Or you are powerful! Or you are special! Or if you don’t push hard, those around you will be lost! Or that the danger is insurmountable! Or that all is lost! He almost never comes as himself.

Many years ago, an angel told me, “What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all else shall be given to you.”

I may talk more about the satan; I may not. I don’t like talking about him at all. Give thanks that you have never been forced to look through his eyes at humanity, for all he sees is hideously misshapen. I have given you the formula that will carry you safely through whatever trials, temptations and terrors arise: Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. So long as it pleases God that you are still breathing, it is never too late for that act of faith.

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Direction For Our Times

I would like to share a couple of posts in which Jesus is speaking to all of us and directing us as to how we should act during these times.

Reblog from Direction for our Times;

Jesus

Heavenly consideration is the compass which will insure a true course for each apostle. In every situation, consider heaven’s goals for you and for those around you. The apostle who gives thoughtful consideration to heaven’s goals will be known for speaking less, rather than more. This apostle will make decisions in My company, aware of My goals. I would ask each of My apostles to practice this today. Move into your day gently, aware that I may wish to adjust your course several times. You expect one thing, perhaps. But I, your Jesus, may need something else from you. You are committed to a certain plan, perhaps. But I, your Jesus, may have chosen a different plan altogether. Only with thoughtful consideration will you be alert to My will in each situation. Apostles, you have been prepared to serve in the manner that I require you to serve. You have been taught many things about holiness. If you are humble, you are aware that there are many things still to be learned about holiness. If you are humble, you may protest, saying, “Jesus, I am not ready. I must become holier still.” I understand your weaknesses and struggles. I do not fear the limits of your humanity. I have factored your weaknesses into the plan I have for you. You should never be afraid that you lack the holiness to complete the mission that I have willed for you. I will make you holy if you proceed according to My directions. You shall have all you need. Please begin to use all that you have been taught. Begin to see others as I see others, in need of love and tolerance. You have been taught not to make judgements. Do not make judgements. You have been taught to spend time in silence. Spend time in silence. You have been taught to trust Me. Trust in Me now, today. You have been taught not to be afraid of the future. Do not fear the future. Dear apostles, you have been taught to pray. Pray. Now, today, every day. Pray. Ask Me for mercy for this world. Ask Me for conversion graces for this world. Ask Me for the Spirit of truth in such an abundance that all eyes will be opened to God’s truth. My beloved faithful apostles, I want you to use everything you have been given to serve Me so that others may be saved. I am with you. I will direct you in each moment. You must be at peace so that others can learn about peace. You must be calm so that others can learn about calm. Do not underestimate the power of setting an example of heavenly consideration. It is this consideration in each apostle that will ultimately allow Me to reclaim a multitude of souls for the Father.

By Pelianito

From the First Reading on the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by

words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you

shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me,

if you have understanding…” (Job 38:1-4)

This dramatic Scripture passage recounts the beginning of God’s rebuttal to Job’s complaint at feeling abandoned by God in spite of his righteous life. God’s stinging rebuttal continues from here as he asks Job where he was in all the glorious acts of creation. In the end Job is properly humble and contrite as we can see by his response: “See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer, twice, but will proceed no further.”

Job’s reply is silence, and his silence is more eloquent than all he has said before. As Scripture tells us and Job recognized, there is “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Silence in Scripture often denotes reverence, awe, and a waiting that speaks louder than a trumpet blast. “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Revelation 8:1)

My children, guard your tongues well. Now, more than ever, is it important to measure your words and take every thought captive to Christ. Be deliberate in your speech. Let grace be on your lips. Do not let evil talk or flippant speech issue from your mouth. The tongue is an easy tool for the devil and therefore must be guarded with great diligence. It is far better not to speak than it is to speak rashly or thoughtlessly. Let silence be your prayer and do not rush to fill every silence. Say only what is needed to build others up, taking care not to flatter. Speak with sincerity, honesty, and kindness. If you cannot manage this, it is best to remain silent.

There are times when a rebuke is needed, but let it be as gentle as it is honest, measured and weighed to fit the situation. There is much silence in Scripture. Study the silence and you will be given many graces.”

There are issues that require that we speak out. But we are called to measure our words carefully, and say only what will make a real difference, not just what will make us feel good. Chewing somebody out who does not agree with us usually pushes them farther down the wrong path. A measured response invites discussion based on reason. There is too much emotion in speech these days and not enough reason. Sincerity, honesty, and kindness are the marks of the Spirit.

There is a time to be silent, as Our Lord was before his accusers. When our words will fallon deaf ears, what is the point? If hearts are closed, our prayers and penances will accomplish far more than our words. And sometimes God requests our silence, even when every fiber of our being wants to shout.

It is good to remember that there are whole communities founded on silence—the contemplatives—without whom the world would have spun out of orbit long ago!

But there is, I believe, a more compelling reason than merely cutting the chatter. The Catechism tells us that the Church must follow Christ into his death and resurrection. I do not think it is a stretch to say the Church has in our time entered into the Passion of Christ. Many recent Christian martyrs have testified to that with their lives. This exhortation to silence, to the weighing and measuring of our words, I believe, shows us that at this point in our Passion narrative, the Church is on trial before the world, and that we need to discern carefully when it is time to speak and when it is time to keep silence.

Prayer and discernment. We are living in perilous times. If we are facing Pilate, it is so very important that we discern the Divine Will and live in it to the best of our ability. God is on the march! Watch and pray!

May the Holy Spirit be in our hearts and on our tongues! May we hold every thought captive to Christ. May we pray with the Psalmist: “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)