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August 30, 2010

August 31st Holy Spirit Novena
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                            August 30, 2010

                            Hope

                                Happiness in our heart  —

                                We pray for hope in our lives  —
                                To keep focused on our desire
                                    for life eternal  —

                                Hope leads us to seek God —
                                Saints in heaven already possess God  —
                                The damned in hell have no hope  —
                                Hope is based in believing in God  —
                                It is because of love we have hope  —

                            Hope  — opposite  — Despair

                                                        We push out God in
                                                        our heart  —
                                                        with our free will  —

                            Despair

                                Anxiety  — fear

  1. 1 John 4: 17-21

  2. Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgement fearlessly, because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love. Let us love, then, because he first loved us. Anyone who says 'I love God' and hates his brother, is a liar, since whoever does not love the brother whom he can see cannot love God whom he has not seen. Indeed this is the commandment we have received from him, that whoever loves God, must also love his brother.

 

                            We look at Pope John Paul II  —
                            We see what he suffered in Poland  —
                            Hitler on one side  —
                            Russia on the other side
                            War as we see he suffered  —
                            Persecution of Religious
                            Against the violence of World War I  —
                            The Lady appeared at Fatima
                                bringing this message of hope  —

 

Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje

July 13, 1917

    But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world. (13)
   


NOTES:

13. For background material on Fatima, I am particularly indebted to
        Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven 
        (Rockford: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983).

end of excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

 

From Genesis 3: 15

 

Genesis 3:15

I shall put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;....

                           

                            Adam and Eve sinned because of
                                pride, they wanted to be
                                equal to God  —

                            The core of sin is living independent of God.

                            The harmony of creation is distorted.
                            Concupiscence enters the world  —
                            LUST, envy,
                            jealousy, covetousness
                            has entered the world.

                            The human person now has a pull
                                inside toward grace or concupiscence.

                            Grace moves one  —>  God
                            Concupiscence moves one to sin  —
                            Sin upsets the order God willed  —

                            The firstborn of Adam and Eve is Cain  —

                            The second is Abel
                            Cain is a farmer  —
                            Abel a shepherd  —

                            Cain is jealous of Abel  —
                            Cain's sin is premeditated  —
                            More serious  —

                            Pride     and vengeance,
                                Arrogance continues in
                                the world  —

                            Cain lied to God  —

                            Those who end up in hell have
                                chosen this path for
                                themselves  —

                            Those who enter heaven
                                do so because they
                                were faithful to God and follow
                                His will  —

                            Vice occurs because of repeated
                                sin  — the same sinful acts.

                            This constant choice of evil
                                clouds the judgment
                                for good and evil  —

                            God desires virtue
                            God wants holiness
                            God wants a contrite heart  —

                            If a sore is infected we cleanse it.
                            God wants to cleanse our sin  —
                            We must desire this flushing out of
                                our sins  —

                            Cain slew his brother  —
                            Judas betrayed Jesus and he turned
                                Jesus over to death  —

                            God put a mark on Cain  —
                            So men would  not revenge him  —

                            Look at Joseph's brothers  —
                                Their hatred of Joseph.

 

1 Corinthians 13

Though I command languages both human and angelic—if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains—if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I should give away to the poor all that I possess, and even give up my body to be burned—if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever. 

    Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. 

    Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if tongues, they will fall silent; and if knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become an adult, I have finished with all childish ways. Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known. 

    As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.

 

                            Paul amongst all his problems wrote of love.

               

 

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