READING OF THE DAY: 29 SEPTEMBER, 2015

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“As I watched : Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.

His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool ; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire.

A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven;

When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him,

He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.” – Daniel 7:9-10.13-14.

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…I DARE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO ACCEPT!….

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THE ANNUAL ‘FRIAR JEFF CHALLENGE’ IS HERE!!! …so…beginning this week (Friday) I will start buying 2 cans of dog food, 2 cans of cat food, and a bag of bunny kibble (weekly cost: LESS THAN $10!!!) and as the pile grows, I will be posting pictures of this…once it gets the second/third week of December I will be taking this HOARD of food to Mrs. Murray’s Cat and Dog Rescue Shelter…(yes, they also put up bunnies for adoption…S’where we got BILLY!)….so….WHO IS GOING TO JOIN ME IN THIS CHALLENGE???

I believe in being the type of Cleric who LEADS BY EXAMPLE!

My Master said “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” – Matthew 25:31-45

I see companions in shelters…rescues….and I see those same establishments STRUGGLING to make ends meet….so… while everyone else will be buying expensive gifts for EACH OTHER, I will be feeding my Master’s “Least of these”…not for praise, for that belongs to my Master….not for MY Glory, but for HIS…not for recognition, for I shun that as everyone knows…

Come on…just $5 in food a week….set it aside…heck, you can even go to the DOLLAR STORE and get a LOAD of goods for pets on that…treats…blankets…food…toys!

If pets are not your thing, then donate to the local HUMAN shelter…canned food, gloves, scarves, hats…ALL of these things can be gotten at the dollar store…and come Christmas, when they sing His praises, YOUR name will be in their hearts as they thank HIM for helping…

Since God is a bit busy with things like gravity, air, and making sure things grow, it is up to US to HELP OUT…come on…BE THE HAND OF GOD and help out either those in need, those in want, or those who cannot speak for themselves!!!

SAINT OF THE DAY: 28 SEPTEMBER, 2015

Saint Wenceslas

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(† 938)

Saint Wenceslas

Wenceslas, born towards the end of the ninth century, was the son of a Christian Duke of Bohemia, but his mother was a harsh and cruel pagan.

His holy grandmother, Ludmilla, seeing the danger to the future king, asked to bring him up. Wenceslas was educated by her good offices in the true faith, and under her tutelage acquired an exceptional devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

At the death of his father, however, he was still a minor, and his mother assumed the government and passed a series of persecuting laws.

In the interests of the Faith, Wenceslas, encouraged by his grandmother, claimed and obtained through the support of the people, a large portion of the country as his own kingdom.

Soon afterwards his grandmother was martyred, out of hatred of her faith and services to her country, while making her thanksgiving after Holy Communion.

His mother secured the apostasy and alliance of her second son, Boleslas, who became henceforth her ally against the Christians.

Wenceslas in the meantime ruled as the brave and pious king of Bohemia. When his kingdom was attacked, the prince of the invading army, which had been called in by certain seditious individuals, was approaching with a lance to slay him.

This prince, named Radislas, saw two celestial spirits beside him; he had already seen him make the sign of the cross and then heard a voice saying not to strike him.

These marvels so astonished him that he descended from his horse, knelt at the feet of Wenceslas and asked his pardon.

Peace was then reestablished in the land.

In the service of God Saint Wenceslas was constant, planting with his own hands the wheat and pressing the grapes for Holy Mass, at which he never failed to assist each day.

He provided for the poor and himself took what they needed to them at night, to spare them the shame they might incur if their poverty became public knowledge.

He desired to introduce the Benedictine Order into his kingdom, but was struck down by a violent death before he could do so and himself enter a monastery, as he wished to do.

His piety provided the occasion for his death.

After a banquet at his brother’s palace, to which he had been treacherously invited and where he manifested great gentleness towards his brother and mother, he went to pray at night before the tabernacle, as he was accustomed to do.

There, at midnight on the feast of the Angels in the year 938, he received the crown of martyrdom by the sword, at the hand of his own brother.

(SOURCE: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources, by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 11)

READING OF THE DAY: 27 SEPTEMBER, 2015

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“John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”

Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.

For whoever is not against us is for us.

Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.

Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'” – Mark 9:38-43.45.47-48.

READING OF THE DAY: 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015

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“After this I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.

They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.

They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed: “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”

I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”

He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and night in his temple.

The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.

They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them.

For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water,and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”’ – Revelation 7, 9-17

SAINT OF THE DAY: 24 SEPTEMBER, 2015

Our Lady of Ransom or of Mercy

(Her Order’s establishment 1218)

Our Lady of Ransom or of Mercy

The story of Our Lady of Ransom is, at its outset, that of Saint Peter Nolasco, born in Languedoc about 1189. At the age of twenty-five he took a vow of chastity and made over his vast estates to the Church.

After making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Montserrat, he went to Barcelona where he began to practice various works of charity. He conceived the idea of establishing an Order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors on the seas and in Spain itself; they were being cruelly tormented in their African prisons to make them deny their faith.

He spoke of it to the king of Aragon, James I, who knew him well and already respected him as a Saint; for the king had already asked for his prayers when he sent out his armies to combat the Moors, and he attributed his victories to those prayers.

In effect all the Christians of Europe, and above all of Spain, were praying a great deal to obtain from God the remedy for the great evil that had befallen them.

The divine Will was soon manifested.

On the same night, August 1, 1218, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Saint Peter, to his confessor, Raymund of Pennafort, and to the king, and through these three servants of God established a work of the most perfect charity, the redemption of captives.

On that night, while the Church was celebrating the feast of Saint Peter in Chains, the Virgin Mary came from heaven and appeared first to Saint Peter, saying that She indeed desired the establishment of a religious Order bearing the name of Her mercy.

Its members would undertake to deliver Christian captives and offer themselves, if necessary, as a gage. Word of the miracle soon spread over the entire kingdom; and on August 10th the king went to the cathedral for a Mass celebrated by the bishop of Barcelona.

Saint Raymund went up into the pulpit and narrated his vision, with admirable eloquence and fervor.

The king besought the blessing of the bishop for the heaven-sent plan, and the bishop bestowed the habit on Saint Peter, who emitted the solemn vow to give himself as a hostage if necessary.

The Order, thus solemnly established in Spain, was approved by Gregory IX under the name of Our Lady of Mercy.

By the grace of God and under the protection of His Virgin Mother, the Order spread rapidly. Its growth was increased as the charity and piety of its members was observed; they very often followed Her directive to give themselves up to voluntary slavery when necessary, to aid the good work.

It was to return thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin that a feast day was instituted and observed on September 24th, first in this Order of Our Lady, then everywhere in Spain and France.

It was finally extended to the entire Church by Innocent XII.

(SOURCE: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 11;Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).)

READING OF THE DAY: 24 SEPTEMBER, 2015

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“On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius, The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:

Thus says the LORD of hosts: This people says: “Not now has the time come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”

(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)

Is it time for you to dwell in your own panelled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

Now thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!

You have sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;

You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed; and he who earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways!

Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house that I may take pleasure in it and receive my glory, says the LORD.” – Book of Haggai 1:1-8.