By Mary Sayad

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  • Our Nation and Advent
    December 2007

    Food for thought:

    Deuteronomy 8 -6:19 "Therefore, keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him. 7 For the Lord, your God is bringing you into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs and fountains welling up in the hills and valleys, 8 a land of wheat and barley of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, of olive trees and honey, 9 a land where you can eat bread without stint and where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones contain iron and in whose hills you can mine copper, 10 But when you have eaten your fill, you must bless the Lord, your God, for the good country he has given you. 11 Be careful not to forget the Lord, your God, by neglecting his commandments and decrees and statutes which I enjoin on you today: 12 lest, when you have eaten your fill, and have built fine houses and lived in them, 13 and have increased your herds and flocks, your silver and gold, and all your property, 14 you then become haughty of heart and unmindful of the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery; 15 who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; and brought forth water for you from the flinty rock 16 and fed you in the desert with manna, a food unknown to your fathers, that he might afflict you and test you, but also make you prosperous in the end. 17 Otherwise, you might say to yourselves , 'It is my own power and the strength of my own hand that has obtained for me this wealth.' 18 Remember then, it is the Lord, your God, who gives you the power to acquire wealth, by fulfilling, as he has now done, the covenant which he swore to your fathers. 19 But if you forget the Lord, your God, and follow other gods, serving and worshiping them, I forewarn you this day that you will perish utterly. 20 Like the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so shall you too perish for not heeding the voice of the Lord, your God.

    Beloved Friends,

    In the above scripture, God Our Father blessed America, our homeland with all good things. We were a country that was self-sufficient. We were given plenty of food, metals, gems and the climate conditions to promote a plethora of nature's bounty.

    I have emphasized in red the parts of the above Biblical chapter that are relevant to us, our country and our world in general in our day. In sentences 17, 18,and 19 God warns us against worshipping false gods. Today, false gods are our possessions and our insatiable appetites for a disease called "more".

    Ask yourselves, "What have we done to our country?" America was a country that was founded on Christianity. Indisputably, we initially based our laws and values on justice, equality and faith in God and His Commandments.

    Later, laws of the Constitution were amended time and again in accordance with the wishes of the people. In addition, our court judges have hijacked our legislatures and changed laws by circumventing proper legislative procedures.

    Since the adoption of Roe vs. Wade, the legalization of abortion (the murdering of our innocents), America has seen the decline of moral values, family values and the inversion of reality where right is wrong and wrong is O.K. Crimes of hate, greed and unmentionable atrocities are prevalent. Disrespect, selfishness and greed are the norm in today's society. False pride permeates our society and we are desensitized to evil and sin. War is a result of sin.

    Although we have broken every conceivable Commandment, many have left the Church, while others have shamelessly defiled God's Commandments, there's hope. Our laws have changed and they eliminate prayers in our public schools and public places. While our government buildings display many Biblical scenes, atheist and agnostics, and the ACLU fight Christianity and the Catholic faith is openly denigrated by the media.

    Sadly, political correctness and secularism permeates our society. Awareness is key for this is truly a form of communism controlling and diminishing our freedoms. God gave us freedom to choose but, governments are subtly restricting us from expressing our faith. Our younger generations are growing up in this society and are unable to decipher these errors. We need to personally teach them the truths, pray more diligently and the Catholic Church, which is usually silent, should begin taking a stand against these attacks.

    Read and reread the above Holy Scripture and genuinely try to grasp its meaning.

    During this time of Advent, contemplate on the coming of Jesus through the Holy Spirit and His Blessed Mother through prayer. Beginning Sunday, December 2nd, make an effort to set a schedule for your daily meditations. Look forward to your union with God through prayer and scripture reading and offer Him your genuine efforts. Cultivate holiness and humility and clothe yourselves with acts of charity. Include the conversion of our Nation in your prayers.

    In this busy, festive season of Christmas make sure to spend some quiet time with the Lord .

    GOD HAS TIME

    GOD MADE THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE
    AND HE LOOKS AFTER IT
    AS SURELY AS HE SEES AND WEIGHS
    THE SINS THAT WE COMMIT'AND WHILE HE MUST BE OCCUPIED
    WITH MANY THINGS EACH DAY
    HE NEVER IS TOO BUSY FOR
    WHATEVER PRAYERS WE SAY
    HE NEVER OVERLOOKS OUR THOUGHTSOR ANY DEED WE DO
    BUT HE IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP
    IF WE JUST ASK HIM TO
    HE WANTS TO GUIDE US TO OUR GOAL
    AND OPEN EVERY DOOR
    TO EVERYTHING OF HAPPINESS
    THAT WE ARE STRIVING FOR
    GOD NEVER IS TOO BUSY TO
    CONSIDER ALL OUR CARES
    OR IN HIS WISDOM AND HIS MIGHT
    GRANT OUR FERVENT PRAYERS.

    Copright 1948 James Metcalfe
    Author of Portraits

    Always remember to pray the Rosary for our military. their families and for peace as well as conversion of our Nation.

    Your companion in prayer,
    Mary

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