Five Keys to Set the Lord Ever Before Me – And More

How can we make certain then that I always “set the Lord ever before me?”

We can:

  1. Surrender to the Lord and trust in Him.
  2. Pray unceasingly that we will grow in love of Him, be obedient and faithful and be found ready when He comes for us.
  3. Make frequent Sacramental Confessions.
  4. Worthily receive Holy Communion in humility and devotion.
  5. Faithfully minister in body and spirit to those in need, leading them to justice and mercy.

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God has a holy name … and he wants you to know it.

After the Exile to Babylon (c. 587-537 BC), the Jews stopped pronouncing the Divine Name YWHW altogether. Instead, they said “LORD” (Hebrew adonai), a practice reflected in the New Testament and continued in Christian tradition.

In Hebrew manuscripts of the Bible, Jews wrote (and still write) the consonants of the Divine Name (YHWH) with the vowels for adonai: the consonants represent the ancient written tradition (Heb. Ketiv), the vowels what is actually pronounced (Heb. Qere).

The King James translators misunderstood this Jewish custom and rendered the Divine Name in English as “Jehovah” in four instances. The word “Jehovah,” however, is a linguistic mistake. It is certainly not how the Divine Name was pronounced in ancient times.

The Apostles and Jesus himself did not pronounce the Divine Name: they said “Lord” (in Greek, kyrios). The Christian tradition has followed their example ever since. This is one reason I did not buy the arguments of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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O ye of little faith (here’s a shot in the arm)

Never one to simply collapse under pressure or discouragement I took up the challenge to assemble the Biblical evidence as to Jesus’ Divinity. It is remarkably rich and consistent throughout all the New Testament Books as you shall see. In this article I give the scripture citations for the most part but cannot include most of the texts in the article since they are so numerous that they would eclipse the article itself. Perhaps at some point in the future I will publish a version with all the citations spelled out. For now, let these suffice to show forth a glorious Scriptural affirmation of the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is Lord.

1. Clearly this is a dogma of the Faith (de Fide). The divinity and divine Sonship of Jesus is expressed in all the creeds. This is perhaps most clearly stated in the Athanasian Creed (Quicumque):”…we believe and confess that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is God and man. He is God begotten of the substance of the Father before all ages and man born in time of the substance of His Mother. He is Perfect God and perfect man.”

2. There are many passages in the Old Testament that express the qualities of the coming Messiah, among them are some very exalted titles:

  • a prophet – (Dt. 18:15,18)
  • a priest – (Psalm 109:4)
  • a shepherd – (Ez 34:23ff)
  • King and Lord – (Ps 2; Ps 44; Ps 109; Zach 9:9)
  • a suffering servant – (Is. 53)
  • the Son of God – (Ps 2:7; 109:3)
  • God with us (Emmanuel) – (Is 7:14; Is 8:8)
  • Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of the world to come, Prince of Peace – (Is 9:6)
  • Eternal King – (Dan 7:14)

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Pilgrim’s Update: World Youth Day 2011

Greetings from Madrid, Spain! We have had a wonderful trip so far.

We spent our first two days in Fatima, Portugal. What a beautiful, peaceful place! There was just a wonderful presence there as pilgrims from all over the world came together in candlelight vigils, prayer, Mass, and processions. Our last night there we celebrated a candlelight vigil with about 40,000 pilgrims. We could feel the Lord’s presence among us.

Now we are in Madrid and the opening Mass is today.

Thank you for your prayers. So many young people have left their families and homes to come together to worship the Lord together. They are now expecting 1.5 million people here. May the Lord bless all those who are here. May hearts be turned to the Lord.

May God bless you and your family.

Peace,

Fr. Burke

Editor’s note: Father Burke Masters is the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. After this trip, he might also qualify as director of vacations!

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What an awesome and orderly creator GOD!!


God’ s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.

For example:

-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;

-those of the canary in 14 days;

-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;

-The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;

-those of the mallard in 35 days;

-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.

(Notice, they are all divisible by seven , the number of days in a week!)

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way
for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life.  If you try
to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure.  Only
the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

God;s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant..  The four legs of
this great beast all bend forward in the same direction.  No other
quadruped is so made.  God planned that this animal would have a huge
body, too large to live on two legs.  For this reason He gave it four
fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.  A cow rises
from the ground with its two hind legs first.  How wise the Lord is in
all His works of creation!

God;s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains..

-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.

-Each orange has an even number of segments.

-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.

-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all
kinds of weather.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord
specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold – all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during
the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a
conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature,
he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and
those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is
entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes
and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence.

Only the God-planned safe life is successful.  Only the life given over
to the care of the Lord is fulfilled.

I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID…..WOW!!!!

May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed Of….Today!

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Pentecost: The Holy Spirit’s Anti-Babel


Genesis 11:4-9
And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven; and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building.  And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed.  Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another’s speech. And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city.  And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries.


Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.  Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue.  And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these that speak Galilean?  And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born?  Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,  Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

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At Babel, the people were divinely confounded and then dispersed, in an effort to frustrate their efforts, which were obviously at odds with the will of God.

At Pentecost, the people were first divinely confounded (notice the similar term used  in both passages) but then divinely inspired and dispersed … this time, in a most energetic effort to “jump start” the infant church, planting the seeds necessary for miraculous growth in “every nation under heaven”.

The “moral” of this story:


Psalms 127:1 A gradual canticle of Solomon. Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Pentecost Homily

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St Padre Pio’s Prayer after Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

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