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A DAILY JOURNAL

Time is Running Out

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for September 10th, 2014

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THERE was an expectation in the early Church that Jesus was going to return soon. Thus Paul says to the Corinthians in today’s first reading that “time is running out.” Because of “the present distress”, he offers advice on marriage, suggesting that those who are single remain celibate. And he goes further…

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The Power of a Pure Soul

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for September 9th, 2014
Memorial of St. Peter Claver

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IF we are to be co-workers with God, this implies much more than simply “working for” God. It means being in communion with Him. As Jesus said,

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit. (John 15:5)

But this communion with God is predicated on a vital condition of the soul: purity. God is holy; He is a pure being, and He joins to Himself only that which is pure. [1]from this flows the theology of Purgatory. See On Temporal Punishment Jesus said to St. Faustina:

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1. from this flows the theology of Purgatory. See On Temporal Punishment
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God’s Co-workers

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for September 8th, 2014
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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I hope you have had a chance to read my meditation on Mary, The Masterwork. Because, really, it reveals a truth about who you are and should be in Christ. After all, what we say of Mary can be said of the Church, and by this is meant not only the Church as a whole, but individuals on a certain level as well.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

Wisdom, the Power of God

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for September 1st – September 6th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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THE first evangelists—it might surprise you to know—were not the Apostles. They were demons.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on September 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

An Exciting New Novel! — “The Tree”

Tree Book

 

 

I laughed, I cried, I was riveted to the very last word. But perhaps more than anything, I was astonished that such a young mind could conceive The Tree, a new novel by my 20-year-old daughter Denise…

Begun when she was thirteen, and now finished seven years later, The Tree has been stunning reviewers. I am more than excited to share what they’re saying about this new book that, set in a medieval period, is a journey through raw emotion, suffering, and mysticism. We are proud to announce today the release of The Tree!

 

NOW AVAILABLE! Order today!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, NEWS | on September 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

The Masterwork


The Immaculate Conception, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1767)

 

 

WHAT did you say? That Mary is the refuge that God is giving us in these times? [1]cf. The Rapture, the Ruse, and the Refuge

It sounds like heresy, doesn’t it. After all, isn’t Jesus our refuge? Isn’t He the “mediator” between man and God? Isn’t His the only name by which we are saved? Is He not the Savior of the world? Yes, all this is true. But how the Savior wishes to save us is a completely different matter. How the merits of the Cross are applied is an altogether mysterious, beautiful, and awesome unfolding story. It is within this application of our redemption that Mary finds her place as the crown of God’s masterplan in redemption, after Our Lord Himself.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 2nd, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Small Matters

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for August 25th – August 30th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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JESUS must have been surprised when, standing in the temple, going about his “Father’s business”, his mother told Him it was time to come home. Remarkably, for the next 18 years, all we know from the Gospels is that Jesus must have entered into a profound emptying of self, knowing that He came to save the world… but not yet. Instead, there, at home, he entered into the mundane “duty of the moment.” There, in the confines of the little community of Nazareth, carpentry tools became the little sacramentals by which the Son of God learned the “art of obedience.”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on August 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Getting Back on Track

 

WARM greetings to my family of readers! Just an update on things here…

As you know, my laptop was fried by lightning a couple weeks ago, and as a result, I have been unable to do some writing while on the go. The end result is that I’ve been falling behind. But at last with a new computer in hand, I will resume the Now Word this coming week, continuing at this point with a weekly summary of the Mass readings.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL | on August 24th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Rapture, the Ruse, and the Refuge

ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
August 15th, 2014

 

IT came to me as clear as a bell during Mass: there is one refuge that God is giving us in these times. Just as in the days of Noah there was only one ark, so too today, there is only one Ark being provided in this present and coming Storm. Not only did the Lord send Our Lady to warn of the spread of global Communism, [1]cf. The Fall of Mystery Babylon but she also gave us the means to endure and be protected throughout this difficult period…

…and it won’t be a “rapture.”

 

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Take Courage, It is I

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for August 4th – August 9th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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DEAR friends, as you may have read already, a lightning storm took out my computer this week. As such, I’ve been scrambling to get back on track with writing with a backup and getting another computer on order. To make matters worse, the building where our main office is located had it’s heating ducts and plumbing come crashing down! Hm… I think it was Jesus Himself who said that the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence. Indeed!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on August 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Zapped!

 

 

AS I mentioned recently, when you come between the Woman and the dragon, you’re entering a primordial battle!

A storm passed over today and a near lightning strike fried my computer (even though it was plugged into a powerbar)! Fortunately, it was backed up to a hard drive… unfortunately, the computer is damaged.

But it gives me an excuse to introduce (at my office manager’s behest) our new Donation page that makes it way easier for supporters to contribute to this ministry. Just click the button below, and donating on a monthly, annual, or one-time basis has been streamlined. We’ve heard your complaints, and hope you will appreciate the new design.

And suddenly, we need some extra help!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, NEWS | on August 5th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Manifesting Jesus

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for July 28th – August 2nd, 2014
Ordinary Time

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PAUSE, take a moment, and reset your soul. By this, I mean, remind yourself that this is all real. That God exists; that there are angels around you, saints praying for you, and a Mother who has been sent to lead you into battle. Take a moment… think of those inexplicable miracles in your life and others that have been sure signs of God’s activity, from the gift of this morning’s sunrise to even the more dramatic of physical cures… the “miracle of the sun” witnessed by tens of thousands at Fatima… the stigmata of saints like Pio… the Eucharistic miracles… the incorruptible bodies of saints… the “near-death” testimonies… the transformation of great sinners into saints… the quiet miracles that God constantly does in your life by renewing His mercies toward you each morning.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on August 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »