An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Holy ScripturesTrust in the Lord and His Holy Word
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‘If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says: “No one who believes in Him will be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on Him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? How are they to hear without someone to proclaim Him? How are they to proclaim Him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News” but not all have obeyed the Good News, for Isaiah says: “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”

I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have for, “Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the ends of the world.” –Romans 10: 9-18

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle & Martyr for Christ

st-andrewSt Andrew The Apostle — Image Courtesy: Archbishop Jose Gomez

(CNA) Today Christians celebrate the Feast of Saint Andrew — Once a fisherman from Bethsaida, his brother was St Peter (Feast Day: 29 June) St. Andrew is said to have spread the the Good News of Jesus Christ in Russia and Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) after Pentecost during the first century.

St. Andrew was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an ‘X-Shaped Cross’ which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland of which he is her Patron Saint. — St. Andrew demonstrated his love for his brother as well as his apostolic zeal, convinced that Jesus was the Messiah he sought out St. Peter:

‘Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, he first found his brother Simon and said to him,”We have found the Messiah,” -then he brought him to Jesus.’ –John 1:40-42

Rest here from Cristy -2014

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First Sunday of Advent: An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

AdventFirst Sunday of Advent — Let Us Reflect on the Beauty of Life
During These Festive Days Ahead -Image: Respect Life Los Angeles

“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you and may He so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His Saint’s.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Life Pleasing To God

“Finally brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Saturninus, Martyr for Christ

St SaturninusSaint Saturninus  -Image Courtesy: uCatholic

(EWTN) St. Saturninus was says French historian Fr. Tillemont (1637-1698) “One of the most illustrious Martyrs France has given to the Church.”

History today only possess only his Acts which are very old since they were utilized by St Gregory of Tours (538-594) We know that Saturninus was the first Bishop of Toulouse, whether he went during the consult of Decius and Gratus (250) whether there were already Christians in the town, or his preaching resulted in numerous conversions, Saturninus soon had a little Church. — To reach it, Saturninus had to pass before the Capitol where there was a temple and according to the Acts, the Pagan priests ascribed to his frequent passing the silence of their oracles.

One day the Pagan priests seized Saturninus and on his unshakable refusal to make a sacrifice to the idols, they condemned him to death by being tied by the feet to a bull which drug him about the town until the rope broke.

After Saturninus death, two Christian Women reverently gathered up his remains, burying them in a deep ditch so that they would not be defiled by the evil Pagans. — Saturninus successors St. Hilary (Feast Day: 13 January) and St. Eusbius (Feast Day: 02 August) gave him a more honorable burial. A Church was erected where the Bull which caused his death had stopped and still exists to this day and is called, Notre-Dame du Taur (Church of the Bull) — The body of St. Saturnunus was transferred at an early date and is still preserved in the Church of St. Sernin (or St. Saturnin) one of the most ancient and beautiful in Southern France.

St. Saturninus Feast Day was entered on the Hieronymian Martyrology on this date. — The account of his Acts were embellished with several details and legends linked to his name with the beginning of the Churches: Eauze, Auch, Pamplona and Amiens but these are without historic foundation.

More here from Catholic Encyclopedia/New Advent 2012

Sunday is the Beginning of Advent! Are You Ready?

Advent“Tomorrow is the beginning of Advent — Are you ready? This year in this Holy Season, let us really try to awaken our hearts to all the many ways that God is with us. Let us really try to grow in our gratitude for all the gifts of His grace in our lives.” –Archbishop Jose Gomez

Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal

St Catherine LaboureSt. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)
Image: St. Paul Street Evangelization

(CNA) Born in France Burgundy and given the birth name Zoe, she was of a large family and the 9th of 11 children, her mother passed when Zoe was just 8 yrs old according to SQPN and her older sister joined the ‘Sisters of Charity’ which necessitated Zoe to assume the daily household duties, it was said of her, that she was a very quiet and practical child, subsequently Zoe worked as a waitress in Paris at her Uncle’s cafe.

As a young Woman of 24,  Zoe became a member of the nursing order founded by St. Vincent de Paul (Feast Day: 27 September) according to Laboure Society — Zoe was very devout, of a somewhat romantic nature, given to visions and insights, she chose the Daughters of Charity after receiving a vision in which St. Vincent told her that God wanted her to work with the sick and upon joining the Order, took the name Catherine.

On the night of the 18 July, 1830 Catherine awoke from sleep after hearing the voice of a child calling her to the Chapel and subsequently heard the Virgin Mary say to her, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted but do not fear, you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and the world.”

On the 27 November, 1830 the Blessed Mother returned to Catherine during evening meditations, displaying herself in an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors, most of which shone rays of light over the globe, around the margin of the fame appeared the words: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of 12 stars, a large letter ‘M’  surmounted by a Cross and the styled Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary underneath. — Catherine asked why some of the rings did not shed light? Blessed Mother Mary replied:

“Those are the graces for which people forgot to ask.”

Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her Priest (Confessor) telling him that they should be put on medallions and said, “All who wear them will receive great graces.”

Doing as she was instructed, after two years of investigation and observation of Catherine’s normal daily behavior her Priest (Confessor) took the information to his Archbishop without revealing Catherine’s identity. The request was approved and medallions began to be produced.

The medallions proved to be exceedingly popular. The principles laid down by the Church of the ‘Immaculate Conception’ had not yet been officially promulgated but the medal with its “Conceived Without Sin” slogan was probably influential in popular approval of the idea.

Pope Saint John Paul II used a slight variation of the reverse of the image as his coat of arms, a plain Cross with an ‘M’ in the lower right quadrant of the shield.

Catherine lived her remaining years as an ordinary Nursing Sister, she was very pleasant and well liked by everyone. Catherine never told anyone but her Priest (Confessor) about her visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so even at her death on New Years Eve 1876 no one knew that it was Catherine who brought the Miraculous Miracle to the world.

Beatified in 1933 by Pope Pius XI, Catherine was Canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of Benedictine Bishop Saint Virgilius of Salzburg

St Virgilius

St. Virgilius of Salzburg
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(EWTN) Born during the 8th century in Ireland, Virgilius was a Scientist before his time and in his Monastery of Aghaboe, he was known as the ‘Geometer’ because of his knowledge of Geography.

In 743 Virgilius left Ireland for a pilgrimage to Israel but got no further than the Court of Pepin — In 745 Pepin defeated Odilo Duke of Bavaria and sent Virgilius to be Abbot of the Monastery of St. Peter and in charge of the Diocese of Salzburg.

In accordance with the Irish custom of the time, the Bishop was subject to the Abbot who was the head of the diocese. As this was contrary to the continental custom, Virgilius consented to be consecrated Bishop; His most notable accomplishments was the conversion of the Alpine Slavs and sending Missionaries to Hungary.

During his first days at Salzburg, Bishop Virgilius was involved in controversies with Saint Boniface (Feast Day: 05 June) one over the form of Baptism, which the Pope decided in Bishop Virgilius’ favor. — Bishop Virgilius also expressed a number of opinions on Astronomy, Geography and Anthropology which to Saint Boniface smacked in the face of novelty if not heresy which he reported to Rome and the Pope demanded an investigation of Bishop Virgilius.

Nothing ever became of the allegations as Bishop Virgilius was able to defend his scholarly opinions.

During his tenure as as Bishop, Virgilius would construct a grand Cathedral at Salzburg, he would Baptize the Duke’s of Carinthia and would send Missionaries into lands where no Missionaries had before been.

While returning from a evangelistic mission to a distant part of his diocese, Bishop Virgilius fell ill and died on this date in 784 — When the Cathedral of Salzburg was destroyed by fire in 1181 the grave of Bishop Virgilius was discovered and this led to his Canonization in 1233 by Pope Gregory IX

Bishop Saint Virgilius Feast day is honored in the Diocese of Sallzburg and throughout Ireland.

More here from EWTN and here from CatholicSaints.Info 2009

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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Holy Scriptures‘Stand Up and Raise Your Heads
Because Your Redemption is Drawing Near.’ –Luke 21:28
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Jesus Tells His Disciples the Parable of the Fig Tree

“Look at the fig tree and all the trees, as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that Summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know the Kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” –Luke 21:29-33

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A Loony Liberal Lefty @AWorldOutOfMind Thanksgiving Day Tweet

St Brian@AWorldOutOfMind Another Example that Loony Liberal Lefties
are Some of the Most Miserable People

As to calling yourself a ‘Saint’ well, that’s between you and God but if I may be so bold to suggest that one may want to compare this “Wannabe Saint” with the real Saint’s of the Day which I’ve been writing about daily during the past  year…

Saint Brian...Saint Brian@Twiiter: You’re No Saint