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These are Catholic Truth used by Saint of old. Powerful to Set You free

These are Catholic Truth used by Saint of old. Powerful to Set You free

CATHOLIC WISDOM
(Truth/Wisdom)

Pope St. Gregory: Three states of the converted

There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning, they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle, the contests of temptation; and in the end, the fullness of perfection.

St. John Chrysostom: Steadfast in prayer

Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.

Fr. Andrew Greeley: Crooked lines

God draws straight with crooked lines.

Fr. Christopher Rengers: Beautiful spiral of Creation

His [Christ’s) humanity is the first step down and the last step up on the beautiful spiral of Creation.

Pope John Paul II: Stupidity is also a gift of God

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

Pope John XXIII: Men are like wine

Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

Pope John Paul II: Majority decision

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

Pope Leo XIII: Truth itself

God is not only true, but Truth itself.

St. James: Ask God

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne

Image of Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne

Facts

Feastday: July 17
Death: 1794

Sixteen Carmelites caught up in the French Revolution and martyred. When the revolution started in 1789, a group of twenty-one discalced Carmelites lived in a monastery in Compiegne France, founded in 1641.

The monastery was ordered closed in 1790 by the Revolutionary gov­ernment, and the

nunswere disbanded. Sixteen of the nunswere accused of living in a religious community in 1794. They were arrested on June 22 and imprisoned in a Visitation convent in Compiegne There they openly resumed their religious life.

On July 12, 1794, the Carmelites were taken to

Paris and five days later were sentenced to death. They went to the guillotine singing the Salve Regina. They were beatified in 1906 by Pope St. Pius X.

The Carmelites were: Marie Claude Brard; Madeleine Brideau, the subprior; Maire Croissy, grandniece of Colbert Marie Dufour; Marie Hanisset; Marie Meunier, a novice; Rose de Neufville Annette Pebras; Anne Piedcourt: Madeleine Lidoine, the prioress; Angelique Roussel; Catherine Soiron and Therese Soiron, both extern sisters, natives of Compiegne and blood sisters: Anne

Mary Thouret; Marie Trezelle; and Eliza beth Verolot.

The martyrdom of the

nuns was immortalized by the composer Francois Poulenc in his famous opera Dialogues des Carmelites.

St. Alexis

Image of St. Alexis

Facts

Feastday: July 17

Alexis was the only son of a rich Roman senator. From his good Christian parents, he learned to be charitable to the poor. Alexis wanted to give up his wealth and honors but his parents had chosen a rich bride for him. Because it was their will, he married her. Yet right on his wedding day, he obtained her permission to leave her for God.

Then, in disguise, he traveled to

Syria in the East and lived in great poverty near a Church of Our Lady. One day, after seventeen years, a picture of our Blessed Mother spoke to tell the people that this beggar was very holy. She called him “The man of God.” when he became famous, which was the last thing he wanted, he fled back to Rome.

He came as a beggar to his own home. His

parents did not recognize him, but they were very kind to all poor people and so they let him stay there. In a corner under the stairs, Alexis lived for seventeen years. He used to go out only to pray in church and to teach little children about God. The servants were often very mean to him, and though he could have ended all these sufferings just by telling his father who he was, he chose to say nothing.

What great courage and

strength of will that took! After Alexis died, his family found a note on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penancefrom the day of his wedding until then, for the love of God.

More Saints of the Day

  1. Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne
  2. St. Acllinus
  3. St. Alexis
  4. St. Andrew Zorard
  5. St. Ansueris
  6. Bl. Antoinette Roussel
  7. Bl. Ceslaus
  8. St. Charbel
  9. St. Clement of Okhrida
  10. St. CynlloSt. Ennodius
  11. St. Felix of Pavia
  12. Bl. Frances Brideau
  13. St. Frances de Croissy
  14. St. Fredegand
  15. St. Generosus
  16. St. Hedwig of Poland
  17. St. Hyacinth
  18. Bl. Juliette Verolot
  1. At. Kenelm
  2. St. Madeleine Brideau
  3. St. Madeleine Lidoine
  4. St. Marcellina
  5. St. Marie Claude Brard
  6. St. Marie Croissy
  7. St. Marie Dufour
  8. St. Marie Hanisset
  9. St. Marie Meunier
  10. St. Marie Trezelle
  11. Martyrs of Scillitan
  12. St. Nerses Lambronazi
  13. St. Nicholas, Alexandra, and Companions
  14. Bl. Pavol Peter Gojdi?
  15. Bl. Rose Chretien
  16. St. Theodosius
  17. St. Theodota
  18. St. Turninus
7 Keys To Your Burning Bush Experience

7 Keys To Your Burning Bush Experience

Here are seven requirements for your burning bush experience;

1. Move outside your comfort zone.

You will not find nor seek your destiny while residing in your comfort zone.

Exodus 3:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed.”

I realize you’re probably super spiritual. . .but let’s get real. How would you feel if you’re on the side of a mountain. . .one where you’ve walked for over 40 years. . .then all of a sudden you see a bush burning. . .but not being consumed.

You might be tempted to say, “What the what . . .”

Exodus 3:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

I would say you’re willingness to answer curiosity . . .definitely moves you outside your comfort zone or what was familiar to you.

2. Be willing to seek God.

Let’s be honest. . .you’re standing in amazement watching a bush burn continually when a voice in the bush calls out your name.

At that point. . .I’d probably be calling out God’s name to protect me from whatever I’d gotten myself into.

Exodus 3:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I.”

Without hesitation. . .Moses said, “Here am I.”

In the midst of every circumstance. . .good, bad or indifferent. . .your automatic response must be to seek God.

3. Give Him the reverence He’s due.

Exodus 3:6 in the Amplified Bible says;

“Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”

Our reverence for God. . .should be a 24/7 experience. He’s not a spare tire to be rolled out when we have a flat on the highway of life. . .He deserves better.

When we enter into His presence. . .we should always enter with reverence and thanksgiving.

4. Obey your instructions.

Over the last few months, I’ve repeatedly taught seven words that are the key to success and experiencing the God kind of life. Those words are:

“Read your Bible. . .do what it says.”

There will be times when it seems that our Holy Spirit inspired instructions are not logical. . .and they’re not. . .at least to a natural mind. However, we need to do what He says. . .when He says. . .regardless of how we feel it may look.

Exodus 3:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

The only way you can do what He says. . .is to know what He’s saying. That type of revelation comes from being in His Word and His Presence.

5. Don’t question your direction.

Exodus 3:10-11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Now let me get this straight. . .you’ve been talking to a Voice in a burning bush that has not turned to ashes and you question His instructions. That should show you how out of touch you can become.

I heard it said years ago, that God’s calling is His enabling.

If God gives you a vision He will also give you the ability and opportunity to achieve it.

6. Know you’re not alone.

Exodus 3:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain [Horeb, or Sinai].”

Before we’re so quick to question, mock or condemn Moses’ lack of faith. . .let’s examine our attitudes.

God tells us that He will go with us wherever we go but yet. . .sometimes we don’t act like or seemingly have confidence in His Word because we want to ‘play it safe anyway.’

What God spoke to Moses. . .His Word speaks to us. I could give you a dozen or more verses to emphasize this point. . .however, I’m only going to give you the last half of Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“. . .for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”

7. Recognize your power.

Exodus 3:19-20 in the New Living Translation says:

“But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go.”

There’s an old Pentecostal song entitled “You’ve Got The Power.” Moses had the power. . .but are you ready for the good news. . .so do you.

Acts 1:8 says:

“… ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you … (then) ye shall become witnesses … .”

The power Jesus promises after the Holy Ghost comes upon you in enabling power (dunamis).

The Greek word dunamis means “ability.”

So let’s look at this verse again as I expand the paraphrase for you.

“You shall receive the ability after the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you will be able to witness of me simultaneously in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

Now let’s look at dunamis as it appears in Luke 10:19 where God has given to us total power over the devil.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

The first word in this verse that is translated power is the Greek word exousia. It means “delegated power” or better said “authority.”

The second word translated power is the Greek word dunamis which as we’ve just learned means “ability.” So notice carefully what God is actually saying. “I give you authority over all the ability of the devil.”

Are you getting a hold of all of this? You have total authority over all the ability of the enemy. Remember,“…nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

The Bible literally says nothing shall hurt you. It also says you have total power (authority) over the devil. You never have to lose again. You can always conquer and always triumph in all things.

As I think back over these seven keys. . .I just have one question for you.

Are you ready for your burning bush experience

THE BURNING BUSH EXPERIENCE AND ITS IMPACT

THE BURNING BUSH EXPERIENCE AND ITS IMPACT

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT STRENGTHENS ME: THE BURNING BUSH EXPERIENCE.

Beloved, in this life’s journey, there are many mountains of success to climb and many big tasks to accomplish. Most times when we have a ‘Burning Bush’ experience like Moses we belittle ourselves. We say like Moses, “who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the people of Israel out of Egypt.”( Ex.3:11)?

We look at our limitations, weaknesses and incapability and draw a conclusion that we can’t accomplish that great task.
Moses was looking at his limitations: he was a stammerer and a young man. He cannot face Pharaoh and the Egyptian army. But God was looking up-to him. When we look down own ourselves, God looks up-to us. He said to Moses, ” I will be with you and this will be the sign that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain”( Vs 12).

Many great men or prophets also doubted their capabilities to accomplish great task or make a great exploit in life. Men like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and even Simon Peter.
Beloved, Jesus says in the Gospel passage of today, ” I thank you Father…for hiding these things from the learned and revealing them to mere children”( MT. 11:25).
You are privileged therefore when you have this ‘burning Bush’ experience when God commissions you to go and make exploit. You are going in His power not yours. Hence, don’t belittle yourself or God’s power. Small wonder then, Paul says, ” I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”

Beloved, you can get that job, you can build that house, you can become a priest if God really calls you, you can get out of that sickness, you can win that spiritual battle, you can do all things through Christ. Stop looking down on yourself when God still looks up to you.

🙏Eternal Father, thank you for making use of us, unshapen as we are. You are the one who qualifies us when we are not qualified. You see greatness in us when we see nothing in us. Thank you for revealing this mystery to us mere children and hiding it from the wise and the ‘super human beings’ Amen.

GOOD DAY.

DO HAVE A VICTORIOUS WEDNESDAY. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( EX 3:1-6,9-12, MT. 11:25-27)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.
FR. FRANKLIN NNAMDI