November 28, 2010 is the beginning of Advent, which is a preparatory season for the waiting and preparing for the something greater. The coming of our Lord, not only waiting for his birth but for his promised return to earth. During Advent, the faithful, are called to:
to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.
I have written before about the need for America to return to God, just as Glenn Beck has often called us to return to our faith as it is possibly the most important time in our history. We have a President who chooses to refrain from mentioning our creator. Obama, with his intentional deletion of the word “creator” gives many to think that he feels our rights come from the government or by him, himself. Which has led many to refer to him as having a “messiah complex.”
So please, in these perilous times we live in, it is most important that we turn our eyes and hearts to heaven and graciously and humbly await our greatest gift.
O God, by whose word all things are sanctified,
pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath
and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts
for the Coming of Christ,
and may receive from thee abundant graces.
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
It was over 200 years ago that the framers of this great nation declared that
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Oh how so much as transpired since those words were penned. Political correctness has now taken over and no longer is it appropriate to mention God in fear of offending someone. It wasMadalyn Murray O’Hair that in 1962 and 1963 successfully removed God from our nations classrooms. The Supreme Court of the United States handed down it’s decision forty-seven years ago last month. I strongly agree with Gary Bergel and his article Banning Prayer in Public Schools Has Led to America’s Demise. Bergel noted “The New York school children which prompted the Engel vs. Vitale ruling had simply prayed: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation.”
America has experienced radical decline in each of the four areas which the children’s prayer touched upon: youth, family, education, national life. Minor recovery has occurred only since 1980 when the election of President Reagan brought forth a renewed emphasis on “traditional” values.”
He goes on to say that this violates the third commandment which commands us “not to take the name of the Lord in vain.” By the judicial act of forbidding invocation, the Court audaciously elevated a secularized system of education beyond the authority, reach and blessing of God Himself.”
It was shortly after this became the law of the land that we witnessed America’s descention with the lack of morality displayed by many now that are policy makers in Washington that affect all of us. Now we have a President who failed to hold a National Day of Prayer service at the White House. Obama did deliver a proclamation however, that in itself was challenged by atheist and agnostic’s a like. I agree with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas who stated, “prayer has enriched American public life and inspired us to become a more perfect union and has blessed every day of business in the United States Senate. This year the National Day of Prayer faces a new challenge in the courts,” he said in a written statement. “The case reminds us that our First Amendment freedoms will not survive if we fail to defend them.” I, too can’t remember when America was in more need for a blessing from God. We have dismissed him and yet he continues to see us through the most perilous of times.
~God Bless America~
|“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” –
— Abraham Lincoln
Emotions ran high as these family members and loved ones awaited the return of the Eisenhower to dock after being in active duty! One particular Mom (Angela) is a good friend of mine, she too, is a nurse. There wasn’t a day that went by that we saw her son’s picture embossed on a pin attached to her scrub top, blouse regardless of what she was wearing. A true testament of a mother’s love. You can hear the anticipation in their voices, often breaking, attempting to hold back the tears of joy! I say God Bless these young men and women who were off serving our great country!
I also ask you to remember those who were less fortunate and whose family members were not on that pier that day for their child had not returned in the same manner, please take time to remember them in prayer.
“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
– Winston Churchill
Today please take the time to remember those who lost their life, pray for the families they left behind as they are reminded of this most tragic of days. This should be a day of remembrance, time to reflect. I ask each of you that reads this today to say a prayer for our country, our men and women off in a foreign land fighting a war like none we have seen before. They represent no country, they wear no uniform. Light a candle, display your flag to honor those lost, we are a Country that needs to unite, let us do this on this day and come together and keep the promise we made eight years ago; We will never forget……………..