Saturday, May 28, 2022

Scripture of the Week of the Ascension

 Scripture of the Week 

From my professor:

"May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant." - Psalm 119:76

Here is a verse of comfort to get you started for your week!

Interestingly, last Sunday’s Gospel (extraordinary rite) was from John 18, and in it, Jesus said to the Apostles, “Ask, and you shall receive that your joy may be full.” Then, last Thursday was Ascension Thursday and the Sermon we heard touched back on joy – and the fact that we cannot possibly fill our hearts with joy based on worldly pleasures. That which might be pleasurable, even joyful, will not be complete – we will only be able to receive complete and perfect joy in Heaven – which is where Jesus ascended to, and we celebrated last Thursday.

In short, His unfailing love is indeed our comfort and according to His promise that He went forth to prepare a place for us.


AMDG,

Scott<<<




Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ascension Thursday - 40 Days Into Eastertide

40 days into Eastertide - It's Ascension Day! 

10 More Days Left of Eastertide!


Jesus ascends into Heaven - He goes there to prepare a place for YOU! THAT is where our joy resides - in Heaven! No matter what joys one may find on earth, the heart can never be filled with joy - until we reach Heaven! So, do not seek to fill your life on earth with worldly pleasures - these are only temporary!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Scripture of the Week - Be Ye Doers of the Word

So, this is the second Scripture of the Week for this week - the first one was shared by my professor - this one I had to share from today's Epistle reading in the Extraordinary Rite...

So begins the Epistle for the Fifth Sunday After Easter, "Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22). This passage, along with James 2:17 which says "So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself" scream the denial of sola fide, faith alone. Calvin and Luther preached this and stole away many Catholic souls to follow their lies. It is hard to imagine the blindness of the Protestants who adhere to this false teaching - yet - I was one of them for 29 years! I look back now and cannot believe how I could not see this plain truth. The fact is, I truly do not recall my Lutheran pastor ever preaching on James 1:22 or James 2:17 - like they were avoiding it! It is also said that originally Luther wanted to omit the book of James altogether from Scripture, but was advised against doing this an ultimately included it in his German translation of the Scriptures.

Saving faith is not merely a theoretical construct or a belief - for keep in mind even the devils believe in God - and they tremble - for that faith will not save them (James 2:19).

So let us reiterate - BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD AND NOT HEARERS ONLY! For, FAITH ALSO, IF IT HAS NO WORKS IS DEAD IN ITSELF!

James 2:17 is the only passage of Scripture which uses the words "faith" and "alone" in the same sentence, and it stands in outright DENIAL of sola fide (faith alone). Say NO to sola fide! The teaching of sola fide is not only unscriptural - it is anti-scriptural!

Please share!
 


 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Back to Class - Scripture of the Week

 I am a little late posting this as this week in my course ends today, but I wanted to share the Scripture of the Week from my professor still. He wrote:

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'" - Isaiah 30:21

I like to know that the LORD guides us when we don't know which way to go. May this scripture send you blessings this week!

 I responded:

I could not help but think of the Mandolorian after reading this passage!

So, that verse could be taken at least a couple of ways:

  1. Trusting in the Lord, whichever path we take – we can be confident that the Lord has guided us to the correct path.
  2. Trusting in the Lord, whichever path we take – we can be confident that He will let us learn something from it.

In both scenarios, “walk in it” as this is the way the Lord wants us to be, faithful and trusting in His Will in our lives.

Scott<<<

 


Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Star Wars Day - A Little Fun

 I like a little Star Wars every now and then... share your favorite meme too!


Mixed genre?


May the 4th Be With You!

Sunday, May 01, 2022

May Day - May Day!

 The Celebration of St. Joseph, the Worker


A Catholic holiday? Communist holiday? Labor Day? A pagan holiday? A distress call?

A Distress Call?

Starting with the latter - as a distress call - in English it appears to have started about 1923 and mostly with aircraft, as they use radios as their primary means of communication. Why not use "S.O.S." that was already in use? Well, that worked fine for ships which primarily used Morse Code to communicate, but an "S" sounds a lot like an "F" when spoken, especially over radio. The first known use was between the French and the English and they used the word "Mayday" which is phonetically close to the French "M'aidez" - which is French for "Help me!" It was officially adopted by the United States and worldwide in 1927.

A Pagan Holiday?

This is true! Celebrating the return of Spring, Greeks and Romans celebrated (Roman goddess, Floralia) this time of year too in agricultural rituals. Which led to the European celebrations of Medieval times. 

A Christian Holiday?

The earliest use of Maypoles dates back to the mid 1300s in Britain as described in a poem by Gryffydd ap Adda ap Dafydd. The celebration and use of Maypoles was widespread in Britain by the end of the 14th century. The practice is still celebrated in many British and European cities - and usually on the grounds of Christian churches. 

The practice dropped off in Europe significantly after the start of Protestantism - many Protestants thought the Maypole was a form of idolatry - but while not as popular as it was in the 14 through 16th centuries, the practice remains and is not a worship of idols - just a celebration of Springtime.

Labor Day?

In many countries around the world, May 1st is Labor Day - celebrating the rights of laborers - and while the United States does not celebrate Labor Day in May, it started in the USA! In 1886, on May 1st a multi-day strike was proposed to demand workers not be forced to work more than 8 hours per day, and was primarily organized (in Chicago) by anarchists and labor activists. By day 3 the protest became violent and a day later in the Haymaker Square in Chicago, during a meeting a bomb went off, killing both officers and civilians (no one is sure for whom the bomb was intended).

A Communist Holiday?

In 1889, at the International Socialist Conference, they named May 1st as "International Workers Day" to honor the workers of Chicago. Anti-Communist feelings in the United States led to President Eisenhower to declare the US would celebrate Labor Day in September, to not be associated with the day the Communists (Socialists) declared the holiday.

A Catholic Holiday?

In 1955, Pope Pius XII promulgated the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker to be celebrated on May 1st to counter the Communist May Day celebrations. His goal was, and remains in the Catholic Church, to offer a Christian view of labor and how St. Joseph was the prime example of the common laborer who supported his wife and family - the Holy Family.