A Last Second Plea

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The presidential election is right around the corner and I wanted to write this as a last second plea to our fellow Catholic/Christian brothers and sisters to really look at what they are voting for.

You might be saying to yourself, “You mean who we voting for not what we voting for John.” Nope. I meant what, not who. As Christians, we should be voting for life. Jeremiah 1:5. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Now more than ever, we need to be voting with Christ in mind and take our emotions out of it.

Last year so many Christians were appalled, offended and disgusted with the videos that came out about Planned Parenthood and the selling of baby parts but now, these same people are about to vote for a candidate who will, in her words, “defend Planned Parenthood.” (“I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade, and I will defend women’s rights to make their own health care decisions.” – Hillary Clinton from the third debate with Donald Trump.) You can’t walk with God while holding hands with the devil!

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We live in a culture of death. Just look at the state of the world and how there is such a lack of respect for human life. As of 2015, euthanasia is legal only in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, Japan and in the US. Four states (CA, OR, VT, and WA) legalized physician-assisted suicide via legislation. One state (MT) has legal physician-assisted suicide via court ruling. 45 states and DC consider assisted suicide illegal. Oh how the world view has changed since the days of Dr. Kevorkian. As of right now, there are zero Federal Laws on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide but, as we’ve seen by our culture and how fast things have changed within the past 10 years, that could change just as quickly.

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Life or death? Without life, nothing else matters. Everything starts with life. Psalms 127:3 Certainly children are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.

The time has come for Christians to show their true colors. We are at a crossroad where we must choose between life or death, heaven or hell and do so with a clear conscience. I will choose life! I pray that you will do the same. God bless.

 

Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio and the Rest of My “Go To” Saints

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One of the things that I have learned since coming back to the Catholic faith is asking for the intercessions of my “go to” saints. As a child, I used to “pray” to a few saints but of course, mostly to Jesus. As I’ve matured in my faith, I have come to appreciate the power of intercessory prayer.

Think about it. How many times have you asked someone “pray for me.” Numerous times I’m sure. There is nothing like asking a close friend or a relative to pray for you, especially someone whom you feel is very religious. This is no different.

When I ask any of the saints pictured above to intercede on my behalf, it’s like asking one of my best friends to take a personal message to Jesus for me. Don’t believe me? Check out this passage from the bible: Revelation 8:3-4 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

I feel that this is one of the most misunderstood things about Catholics by our Protestant brothers and sisters.

In the picture above are my “go to” saints. Saints Peter, Paul, Pope John XXIII, Padre Pio, Maximillian Kolbe and Pope John Paul II. Blessed Anacleto Gonzales Flores, Miguel Augustin Pro, Pier Giorgio Frassati and Jose Sanchez del Rio who will be canonized this Sunday October 16, 2016. So who are your “go to” saints? Take care and God bless!

Patience

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Patience…not one of my strongest suits but only through the grace of God have I gotten better at and continue to get better at it. So what is patience? Let’s look at the definition of the word. Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. So why is it so hard to be patient? I have a couple of thoughts on why it is.

Society – Most of the time when I catch myself losing my cool or getting irritated, it is due to the fact that I am being impatient about something or I am upset because the results aren’t turning out in my favor or “my way.” That’s when I notice the “world” pulling me in. As Christians, even though we are in this world, we are not meant for it. John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. The world wants to tell you that it is ok to do what you want and when you want to and that it’s nobodys business but my own! The world is wrong. What I do doesn’t just impact me, it impacts those around me, which leads to my next thought.

Lack of Discipline – I am an overweight man. I struggle daily with my carb intake and I like sweets. I know that if I have that donut or that ice cream, it is only going to bring me pleasure momentarily. It is a feeling of gratification not accomplishment. When I give in to my wants, it doesn’t last and leaves me wanting more and more and more. When I don’t give in and I discipline myself, it might bother me at first but I know deep inside, that I’ve accomplished a goal of being able to say “NO!” Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

When I look at the crucifix, that is where I see patience. Jesus took on his passion and did so without getting angry or upset. He did so because he loves us. 1 Corrinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends. Let’s go out today and everyday and strive to be patient and love one another. God bless.