Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe)


Saint Martin de Porres – feast day (November 3rd)

I believe he was being put up as an example for a young man in our youth ministry by his brother who is in already in God’s hands…

Reading: He said to him, You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  (Matthew 22:37)


Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.  Then the God of peace will be with you.  (Philippians 4:9)

Observation: When I looked back over the readings for November 3rd, I realized that the readings for the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres were missed on the website that posts the readings of the day.  Once I read the actual readings for his feast day, I found a very important tone of dependence on God to sustain us.  I believe that Saint Martin de Porres was the epitome of dependence on God in his own life and how he took care of his brothers and the poor that came to him for help in their time of need.

Personification: Faith/Fidelity  It is my sincere hope that through the intercession of Saint Martin de Porres that I can be able to display the fruit of faith and fidelity to everyone that I meet.  I can only hope that I can somehow be the embodiment of the verse from Matthew’s Gospel above, and that I can love the Lord, my God, with all of my heart, with all of my soul, and with all of my mind.

Prayer: Lord, help everyone who reads this understand more clearly that God is speaking to them in the Word of God and by the working of the Holy Spirit in their life today and for the rest of their life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Fortitude


I hope this picture displays what I am trying to say below…?

Reading:  No servant can serve two masters.  He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”  (Luke 16:13)

Observation:  I have heard this verse interpreted by preachers as an explanation of having too much of a dependence on money.  What I think I was hearing yesterday, when I read this verse in the Gospel readings for yesterday’s Mass readings, was a call to live my life without any concern about money.  Everyone wants to give you advice about being a good steward of your money, when in reality you should give it all to God and he will take care of you.  If you work hard and have all of the best intentions to take care of your responisibilities, God will see that and make sure that you have enough or he will see that you are not relying on him and take it all away until you learn how to rely on him.  Of course, I think this message is intended for me, but I think it could apply to any believer who wants to give up their dependence on wealth of this world because it could disappear in an instant and that is not where we are called to focus our energy.

Personification:  Patience (Latin: longanimitas)  I am hearing the call today to display the fruit of patience in my life when it comes to every aspect of it.  I am hearing this morning to be more attentive to my wife and her needs rather than my own selfish needs.  I am hearing a call to be more attentive to my children’s needs rather than trying to make what worked for me when I was a child work for them.  I am hearing a call to be more attentive to the youth ministry’s needs rather that what to think they will be better off just doing what worked for me in learning to walk with the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be patient like you have been with me for all these years that I have been struggling to follow you.  Please show me the way to help light the path of righteousness for everyone around me.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Piety (Reverence)


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Farewell of Saints Peter and Paul, showing the Apostles giving each other the holy kiss before their martyrdom. (Alonzo Rodriguez, 16th century, Museo Regionale di Messina).

(Are we going to have to wait until our martyrdom until we recieve this holy kiss?)

Reading:  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.  For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise as to what is good, and simple as to what is evil; then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  (Romans 16:16,19-20)

Observation:  I have noticed lately that I have lost that reverence for a greeting of a fellow believer that I have always loved so much.  It has never been a holy kiss as Paul is suggesting here to the Romans, but it was always a hug or a hand shake.  I don’t know if it is my own shame from my sinful nature that causes me to back away from others when I meet them, or the fact that I can see the fact that they are not comfortable with it.  It actually has become more popular to greet someone, even a fellow believer with some kind of a sarcastic remark, rather than an actual greeting.  I am going to try and rectify this today when I meet fellow believers. 

How awesome would it be if I could find a way to say the final line of the verses that I selected from the first reading today whenever I left the company of fellow believers?   I could just say, “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  instead of my normal, “God bless you.”

Personification:  Love (Latin: caritas)  In order to display the fruit of love today, I will need the grace of our Lord Jesus to be with me.  If I was to actually greet everyone with a hug or a handshake today and the greeting of God bless you, I think I would be well on my way to personifying the fruit of love to everyone I meet.  When I leave the company of others today, I will try and remember to say, “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  How often do I meet fellow believers when I am out in public?  Shouldn’t I see it as a cause for a simple celebration?

Prayer:  Lord, help me display your Love to everyone that I meet today.  Please help me to show that Love to my family first and then to everyone that I meet today.  I ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Children of Abraham…


This video is close to my heart this morning, knowing what we know of our most recent fallen soldiers at Fort Hood…May the Lord’s peace come to the families of the soldiers that are asleep…God bless you.

Scripture:  Realize then that it is those who have faith who are children of Abraham.  But the law does not depend on faith; rather, “the one who does these things will live by them.”  (Galatians 3:7,12)

Observation:  It is my understanding that it is not the law or observance of the law that justifies me as a believer.  It is by my faith in the promise that was passed down through generations from God through Abraham to me.  A heritage that was purchased for me by Jesus dying on the cross to ransom me from the law.  But not for liberty from the law, but so that I can truly live by them.

Application:  It is my sincere hope that, by the grace of God, I will continue to live by faith and never forget that it is not the law that makes me righteous, but the grace of God who gave his Son so that I could share in his promise that all nations would be blessed.

Prayer:  Lord, in your infinite wisdom, grant me the ability to be put on blinders to the things of this world that would take me away from how you are calling me to follow your son.  Please allow me, by your grace, to follow him in all areas of my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Knowledge


Reading: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.  For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  (Romans 14:7-8)

Observation: The emotion I am feeling this morning is expressed best by the word gratitude.  God is good…All the time…All the time…God is good.  In the midst of my sinfulness, God loves me.  At the pinnacle of my faith walk with Christ in the church, God will love me.  I guess the gratitude that I am feeling this morning is centered on the fact that I am nothing without the Lord, and I am so grateful to Him for using me, a worthless sinner, to do His work.

Personification: Self-Control (Latin: continentia) In order to be the personification of the fruit of self-control, I will definitely need the grace of God to accomplish it today and for the rest of my life.  I am overcome this morning with the fact that without God, I cannot do anything worth while and even then it is only worth anything if I give the glory to Him.  My flesh wants to cry out to take credit for all the good things that I do, but the Lord who dwells in me is telling me to fade to the background, and give all glory and honor to the one who is Good.

Prayer: Lord, I want to thank you for being in my life.  I’m sorry that it took me so long to start to follow you, but I want to follow you for the rest of my life with the help of your grace.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Stay on fire for God…



(This is part of my daily prayer, every morning…)

Gift: Counsel

Reading: Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  (Romans 12:11)

Observation: This is the first verse that spoke to me this morning when reading the readings before Mass.  I was hoping Father Roy would shed some light on the Gospel reading or give me another way to look at it in order to get something else from it, but I guess this is what I was supposed to hear for today.  I guess it doesn’t make much sense now that I look back on this morning, who am I to question what God is bringing to my attention?

Personification: Peace (Latin: pax) Today, the responsorial psalm reminds me that it is only in God that I will find real peace.  It is my hope that God will give me the grace I need to be an instrument of His peace to others.  I don’t know how God could ever find me worthy of his grace, but I will pray that he continues to see me in the light of the sacrifice of his Son and not in my sinfulness.

Prayer: Lord, help me to bring your peace and comfort to others by placing in my mind and my heart your Word.  Please let me not only be a container that holds your grace, but allow your grace to flow through me to others as well.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

What a dream…


Gift: Fortitude

Reading: We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

Observation: I had a dream last night that I believe was a foreshadowing of the communion service that I asked to be able to lead today. I was given the choice to lead this week or next and I chose this week. The dream that I had involved an older person who had passed away that was brought into the small chapel before our service started. I walked out in order to give the people that were mourning the death of their lost loved one a chance to be alone with their loved one who was asleep. I think this dream is a reminder to me that we spend too much time mourning for the dead and not enough time living in new life that Jesus died to give us. If our loved ones who passed away before us were to come down from heaven and say anything to us, I think they would say, “Why aren’t you living the new life Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to bring to you?”


Joy (Latin: gaudium) In order to learn the lesson taught to me by those that have gone to the Father before me, I must start to live displaying the fruit of Joy to everyone that I meet today and for the rest of my life. I will need God’s grace to be the fruit of Joy to some people, but I trust that He did not send down his Son to die for nothing, rather He wanted me to be able to live in newness of life, with Joy in my heart at all times.

Prayer: Lord, help me to bring Joy into your world and not just the Joy that comes from making people happy but make me into someone who can truly show your everlasting Joy to others. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Watch the whole video…this is truly everlasting joy…God bless you…