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Blog posts August 2013

TGIF & TGILDW

TGILDW- Thank God it's Labor Day Weekend! I have absolutely no fascinating plans except to go to The Apple Store for the Second Time in my life and it feels like The Second Coming!  The appointment has been made for 12:10 precisely at The Miracle Mile Store in Manhassett. It all sounds so holy.  I d…

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Bible to You

 I appreciate The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website that St. Fidelis Church in College Point, NY uses.  (www.usccb.org)  There is a sound guide to understanding the bible on the website for your perusal written by Mary Elizabeth Sperry,  Associate Director for Utilization of the N…

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Who Are You Criticizing?

I love when I wake up to a channel that I didn't expect to see.  Today was one of those days - Joyce Meyer was talking about just what I needed to see- "What are we acting out in the world? Who are you judging and criticizing?"  Which coincides with today's Gospel Matthew 23: 27 - 32 Jesus said, "Wo…

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Think About the Little Things

If I had just waited another day I would have seen that the Gospel continued to the words that truly spoke to me.  Matthew 23: 23 - 26.  Check out yesterday's blog for that.  Meanwhile, Psalm 139: 1 - 3 A Psalm of  David - O LORD, you have searched me and known me, 2: You know my sitting down and my…

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Read a Little Further

 Today's Gospel according to www.usccb.org/bible/readings/082613.cfm - Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time for August 26, 2013 is Matthew 23:13 - 22. You will have to read it for yourself because I was more interested in what came after in my New King James Version Possibility Thinkers …

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Come and See

The complete Gospel today is John 1:45 - 51.   I want to focus on verses 45 - 46 where-Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote- Jesus of Nazareth, The son of Joseph:46 And Nathanael said to him,"Can anything, good come out of N…

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The Second Commandment

Matthew 22:37 -The second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Today, people barely know their neighbors.  I grew up on Graham Court,  where I said hello to everyone daily until they built the apartment house on the end of the block.  To be continued in 101 Days to Jesus b y MLBDun…

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The First Commandment

Matthew 22: 34 - 40 - When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducee' s, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,"Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, …

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For Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

Sometimes you just have to start with the punchline.  The way people got close and personal with Jesus was when he spoke in parables.  To explain the nature of  God,  he would tell stories that the people could understand easily.  The parable in Matthew 22:1-14 The Lord shares the story of a wedding…

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All Are Yours

"God has already given you everything you need...He has given you all of the present and all of the future. All are yours."

This is a quote from I Corinthians 3:21 -22 TLB. Here is how the same quote looks like in The New King James Version in my Possibility Thinker's Bible, "Therefore let no one g…

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Camels and Needles & Last and First

From the Gospel of  Matthew 19:23 - 30 - Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of  God.  Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God." When t…

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There is Only One Who is Good

In The Gospel Matthew 19: 16 - 22 a young man approaches Jesus and asks," Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" Today, young people aren't thinking that question even if they were brought up Catholic or Jewish.  I'm just starting to think about it now since my peers are beginning to di…

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Jesus said to his disciples

Gospel Luke 12: 49 - 53   Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?…

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Let the Children Come to Me

Gospel- Matthew 19: 13 - 15: Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them: for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." After he placed his hands on them, he went…

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The Lord Gives Strength

Miriam Esther, my Face Book friend and former co-worker at The Rag Shop inspired me tonight with Psalm 29:11 on Facebook.com:

The Lord gives

STRENGTH

to his people;

The Lord blesses

His people with

PEACE.

Psalm29:11 

I'm rewriting it like this and putting it on my fridge:The Lord gives me …

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I didn't learn The Hail Mary as a child because I grew up an Episcopalian but I saw first hand someone devoted to The Rosary, Cesira Montalbano, my ZiZ. Zizi rented one of the upstairs  apartments in my family home for over 35 years. Personally, I say three Hail Mary's in the morning and three Hail …

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If Two Agree

Today's Gospel- Matthew 18:15-20 is one I always think of MT18:19-20 where Jesus says, "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the …

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For Where Your Treasure Is

Luke 12:32-48- Jesus said to his disciples:"Don't be afraid any longer,  little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth …

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A Fish in the Sea

Jesus and his disciples were in Galilee and he reminded them that his purpose was to die and rise on the third day making them very upset. They were always getting upset when talking to Jesus. This was just another day of it until I got to the next part of the account (8/12/13- MT 17:22-27) where Pe…

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Feeling the Pressure

It's a beautiful summer day where I can write with the windows open instead of having the air conditioner on. I've been feeling the pressure of missing my self set deadlines. ridiculous. discontent. frustrated. Now, I'm thinking like e.e.cummings. Let me get back on track. I'm comfortable and my hai…

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