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Here is a quick list of Fifteen Things Which God Sees and Knows:

  1. He sees all things (Proverb 15:3) [These Scripture quotations are taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible.]
  2. He knows the size and scope of the universe (Psalm 146:4)
  3. He knows about the animal creation (Matthew 10:29)
  4. He knows mankind (Matthew 10:30)
  5. He knows our thoughts (Psalm 43:22)
  6. He knows our words (Psalm 139:4)
  7. He knows our deeds (Psalm 139:2)
  8. He knows our sorrows (Exodus 3:7)
  9. He knows our needs (Matthew 6:32)
  10. He knows our devotions (Genesis 18:19)
  11. He knows our frailties (Psalm 103:14)
  12. He knows our foolishness (Psalm 69:6)
  13. He knows his own (John 10:14)
  14. He knows the past, present, and future (Acts 15:18)
  15. He knows what might or could have been (Matthew 11:23)

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The Man Born Blind — Commentary from Saint Ambrose:

Touched by Divine Light:  St Ambrose of Milan teaches that the blind man touched by Jesus received more than just his sight. In one instant we see both the power of his divinity and the strength of his holiness. As the divine light, he touched this man and enlightened him. As priest, by an action symbolizing baptism he wrought in him his work of redemption. The only reason for his mixing clay with the saliva and smearing it on the eyes of the blind man was to remind you that he who restored the man to health by anointing his eyes with clay is the very one who fashioned the first man out of clay, and that this clay which is our flesh can receive the light of eternal life through the sacrament of baptism.

You, too, should come to Siloam, that is, to him who was sent by the Father, as he says in the Gospel: My teaching is not my own; it comes from him who sent me. Let Christ wash you, and then you will see.

Saint Ambrose (Adapted from Letter 67)
2017-1


            I AM

I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
    Suddenly my Lord was speaking.

"My name is I AM." He paused; I waited.
                                                                    He continued.
    "When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets,
    It is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS.

"When you live in the future with its problems and fears,
    It is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WILL BE.

"When you live in the moment, it is not hard. I am here.
    My name is I AM."

Author Unknown

I came across this anonymous poem many moons ago in a magazine, but I cannot recall which magazine. I am happy to share it with you here.

Christopher Robinson
2016-1


Here is a wonderful demonstration of the Father's love for us. One of my cousins found it an FaceBook and shared it with me:

This is worth watching:

Posted by Anna-Marie Russell on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Christopher Robinson
2015-2


Divine Economy of Redemption

This is taken from Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton Sheen:

In the beautiful Divine economy of Redemption, the same three things which cooperated in the Fall shared in Redemption. For the disobedient man Adam, there was the obedient new Adam, Christ; for the proud woman Eve, there was the humble new Eve, the Virgin Mary; for the tree of the Garden, there was the tree of the Cross. Our Divine Lord in the state of his greatest humiliation, seeing all prophecies fulfilled, all foreshadowings realized, and all things done which were needful for the Redemption, uttered a cry of joy: ‘It is achieved.’”

Christopher Robinson
2015-1


True followers of Christ

This is taken from The Seven Virtues by Archbishop Fulton Sheen:

The true followers of Christ were meant to be at odds with the world. The pure of heart will be laughed at by the Freudians; the meek will be scorned by the Marxists; the humble will be walked on by the go-getters; the liberal Sadducees will call them reactionaries and the reactionary Pharisees will call them liberals.

Christopher Robinson
2014-2


A Good Evangelist

The following paragraph is a quotation from Ryan S. Topping, Rebuilding Catholic Culture, Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, New Hampshire (© 2012). The entire book was a delight to read and my heart was filled with great consolation upon reading this paragraph which opens Chapter 4:

A good evangelist is clever as well as forceful. You need to be sharp to discover obstacles and blunt to overcome them. Advertisers understand this well.... Symbols sell. Corporations want their logo to be seen because these create an association between our desires and their products. Bishops, of course, cannot compete with big business. Yet there remains one respect in which the preacher has an advantage over our corporate masters. CocaCola must create a need; the Church need only satisfy one.

Have I tantalized you sufficiently? Good! Now go and read the book.

Christopher Robinson
2014-1


Have you ever thought about the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity?

We know from the Gospels that all of us are children of our Heavenly Father (cf. Matt 5:48); therefore we have a parent/child relationship with God the Father. We also know that we have a sibling type of relationship with Jesus who is God the Son (cf. Matt 12:50); and he told us that he would send the Holy Spirit to be our Advocate (cf. John 14:26). But what about Mary? How does her relationship with God compare with ours — are they the same or are there some significant differences?

Like all of us, Mary is a beloved child of the God the Father. Thus her relationship with the Father is the same as ours.

However, her relationship with God the Son is totally unique in human history — she does not have a sibling relationship with Jesus as we have; rather, since she gave birth to Jesus, she therefore has a Mother/Child relationship with God the Son (Luke 1:31-32)!

From the Gospels we see that Mary also has an absolutely unique relationship with the Holy Spirit — it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that Mary conceived Jesus, God the Son, in her womb and therefore, in addition to the Holy Spirit being Mary’s Advocate, the Holy Spirit also has a spousal relationship with Mary (cf. Matt 1:18 ; Luke 1:35)!

Let me present this in tabular form:

Us Mary
God the Father
⇒ our Heavenly Father

God the Father
⇒ her Heavenly Father

God the Son
⇒ our Brother

God the Son
⇒ her Son

God the Holy Spirit
⇒ our Advocate

God the Holy Spirit
⇒ her Spouse

I am filled with wonder whenever I ponder Mary’s amazing relationship with the Great Creator and compare hers with ours.

Christopher Robinson
2013-2


Have you heard of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit? Many of us learned them in Catechism lessons as children. You were most likely taught that there are nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit; however, here is an interesting tid-bit which I found in the Catechism — it names nine fruits in Article 736, but twelve fruits in Article 1832! Upon discovering these two lists, I naturally felt compelled to investigate them; herewith are the results of my research.

The differences are found when comparing the Vulgate with the Septuagint. "There are numbered twelve of these fruits in the Latin, though but nine in the Greek text…. The difference may again happen by the Latin interpreter using two words to express one Greek word. It is observed that longanimity and patience are in a manner the same; so are benignity and goodness; and so may be here continency and chastity" (Haydock's Catholic Family Bible and Commentary; reprinted by Catholic Treasures, Monrovia, California, U.S.A., © 1991; p.1541).

Here is a table showing three contemporary lists of these Fruits. You will notice that there are some differences in the order of the Fruits:

Jerusalem Bible NRSV Catechism
Love Love Charity
Peace Peace Joy
Patience Patience Peace
Joy Joy Patience
Kindness Kindness Kindness
Goodness Goodness
Generosity Generosity
Trustfulness Faithfulness Gentleness
Gentleness Gentleness Faithfulness
Modesty
Self Control Self Control Self Control
Chastity

In the end, do the differences really matter? All of these Fruits are good things to have in our lives. Let us rejoice when we encounter these Fruits in the people around us!

Christopher Robinson
2013-1


Q.  What is the origin of April Fool's Day?

A.  In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued his Encyclical, Inter gravissimas. This document required that the older calendar be switched to a new one – the calendar which we know today as the Gregorian Calendar. The new calendar changed the day on which the new year should be celebrated from the 1st of April to the 1st of January. According to legend, those who forgot about the switch (or chose not to adhere to the new calendar) were deemed "April Fools."

I found this at
www.livingourfaith.net/CatholicTriviaQuestion/CatholicTr46.htm


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