April 16: Victory

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April 16
Victory

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But Moses replied: “It’s not the sound of a victory cry and not the sound of a cry of defeat; I hear the sound of singing!”
–Exodus 32:18

293.
Now I know that the LORD gives victory to His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with mighty victories from His right hand.
–Psalms 20:6

294.
Whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
–1 John 5:4

 

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April 14: “Catherine of Siena” by Day Williams

CATHERINE OF SIENA

(1347-1380)

 Catherine of Siena

A person who believes that Jesus Christ

Is Lord and Savior of the World is called

A saint through faith, the substance of the things

 

Hoped for, the evidence of things not seen;

And in the Catholic Church some souls are known

As saints and doctors by the grace of God.

 

The blessed Catherine of Siena, born

A twin upon Annunciation Day,

The last of thirteen children who survived,

 

Professed her love for God through holiness

When wars and plagues had shaken faith and hope

In city-states of Tuscany where walls

 

Protected citizens from outside harm.

Her father’s trade was dyeing wool; his wife,

Madonna Lapa, ruled the family.

This daughter destined to direct the Popes,

Young Caterina Benincasa, taught

Herself to say the Angelus at five,

 

And knelt upon the steps of stairs at home

To say an Ave Maria, step by step.

When she was six years old, she looked across

 

Valle Piatta to the abbey church

Of San Domenico; above its roof

She saw the Savior of the World, who sat

 

In bishop’s robes upon a royal throne,

The treble Papal crown upon His head.

Beside the Lord were Peter, Paul and John,

 

And Jesus raised His hand and blessed the girl,

Who stood enraptured while the love of God

Abounded in her soul, a cup that gushed.

 

Her brother called to her; she did not move.

He had to take her arm to make her wake

As though from sleep, transformed forevermore.

 

She swam beneath the water in the sea

Of love, and vowed when seven she would be

The bride of Christ, and of no other man,

 

A virgin pure in body and in soul.

In times alone with God she learned to build

An inner cell within her soul which she

 

Would never leave, despite temptation’s pull

And the entreaties from her family,

Who wanted to arrange a groom for her.

 

Forced to divulge her vow of chastity,

She told her parents that her will was fixed:

“It would be easier to melt a stone

 

Than tear this resolution from my heart.

I must obey the Lord before all men;

My Bridegroom is so rich that He will give

 

Me all I need, if you should throw me out.”

The twelve-year-old prevailed; no more would they

Attempt to wed her to a mortal man,

 

Although she lived beneath her parents’ roof

Another seven years, her room a cell

Beside the landing, ten by sixteen feet.

 

O Catherine, if I had one-tenth your zeal,

What miracles could God perform through me,

What battles could He win for souls of men!

 

The revelation of the Trinity

Was hers through meditation, solitude,

And the denial of her self: three times

 

A day she scourged her body with a chain

Of iron: once for her own sins, once more

For sins of every living soul, and once

 

For souls in purgatory, giving Christ,

Her Lord and Savior, blood for blood, ‘til blood

Ran down her shoulders in her sacred cell.

 

Within her parents’ house where she would sleep

For half an hour on every other day

On planks of wood when she was not in prayer.

 

The holy teen’s devout desire to join

An order of St. Dominic was quenched

At last when she received the robe and veil,

 

In white to symbolize her purity,

And the black cape, in black as sign of death

Unto this world and of humility.

 

Eternal blessedness is knowing God,

God as He is; thus she renounced the world,

That which is vanishing, for unity

 

With Him who suffered on the cross of love.

She gave belongings to the poor, and cared

For sickest of the sick in darkest hours,

 

Even when stinking wounds made others leave,

And patients shouted blasphemies at her.

Companions said that when she prayed, she rose

 

Above the floor so high that one could place

A hand between the woman and the floor;

When she received the Body of the Lord,

 

She would withdraw in ecstasy, as stiff

And as insensible as Lazarus

Four days inside the cave before the Lord

 

Commanded him to rise and leave the tomb.

When Catherine’s soul was lifted to commune

With Love Incarnate, she could not perceive

 

A needle in her foot, and passersby

Who doubted her sincerity would kick

The girl who lay insensate in the street.

 

At twenty-two she ate no solid food,

And for long times the Eucharist alone

Provided nourishment for her who drank,

 

In mystic flights, from Jesus’ wounded side.

Christ let her see His secrets, and equipped

Her with the gifts of grace to call her forth,

 

His weapon in the battle for men’s souls.

One story of a multitude is all

I have the space to tell of how she saved

 

The souls of men through visions and her prayers.

One winter day two wagons took two men,

Condemned to suffer torture and then death,

 

Around the town as executioners

Used red-hot tongs to tear and burn their flesh.

The robbers, chained to stakes, reviled the Lord

 

As townsmen shook and shuddered in alarm;

But Catherine of Siena, who had seen

The wagons pass, retired to beg in prayer

 

For Christ to save the wretches’ souls, as He

Had saved the robber crucified by Him.

The wagons drove up to a city gate,

 

The Porta della Giustitia,

And there beneath the arch stood Christ, who wore

A crown of thorns and bled from head to toe.

 

Caught up in Spirit, Catherine saw the Lord;

The robbers saw Him too, and when He saw

Their eyes and hearts, defiance in them broke.

 

These highwaymen called for a priest, confessed

Their sins, sang hymns, and met their deaths content.

The very moment that they died redeemed,

 

The praying virgin woke from ecstasy,

For love of God and mankind for His sake

Was all the mystic knew worth living for.

 

The exile of the Popes to Avignon

(Franciscans called it Babylonia,

And hung their harps on poplars as they wept)

 

Disrupted Rome, corrupted faith, and left

Believers rudderless and insecure.

The Roman churches lay in ruins, priests

 

Had morals of degenerates, and law

Was lost as factions fought and clutched for power.

God sent as punishment the plague, Black Death,

 

Which killed one-half of Europe’s populace.

In thirteen-fifty St. Birgitta, a seer

From Sweden, heard the call to cleanse the Church.

 

She went to Rome and urged the Pope to leave

His capital in Avignon, lest he

Should suffer wrath from God– but he refused.

 

As John the Baptist heralded the work

And ministry of Christ, Birgitta ran

Before the mystic saint who wrought success,

 

The Pope’s return to Rome from Avignon,

For Catherine told Pope Gregory that he

Had made a vow when Cardinal to move

 

To Rome if ever he became the Pope,

A vow which he had never told a soul.

At thirty-three, the age her Bridegroom died,

 

Suffering, paralyzed below the waist,

As she lay on her bed of wooden boards,

The purest dove accused herself of sins,

 

And cried aloud, “My honor!  Never!  Praise

And honor to Christ crucified alone!”

In April thirteen-eighty Catherine gave

 

Her spirit to the Father’s hands.

In spring a million buds appear on trees;

In winter snowflakes fall from clouds, each one

 

Unique in pattern, each a gift to earth,

And as each bud and snowflake offers gifts

That come from it alone, so every child

 

Who’s born again of God, among the millions, bears

And offers special gifts, the gifts of grace

And mercy to the Lord and humankind.

 

This daughter of a wealthy family

Used special gifts to lead and move the Popes

And men of lower rank to follow God.

 

Greater than special gifts that Catherine had

Through her ascetic life and ministry

Was intimacy she possessed with Christ;

 

She loved the Lord with heart and soul and strength,

And fixed her eyes on Jesus’ wounds; she knew

None are redeemed without the blood of Christ.

 

She served her Bridegroom, clove right by His side,

Surrendered self with zeal, and gave up pride

As she renounced the world to be His bride.

April 14: News

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April 14
News

286.
As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.
–Joshua 5:1
287.
Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.
–Proverbs 25:25

288.
But now Timothy has come to us from you and brought us good news about your faith and love, and that you always have good memories of us, wanting to see us, as we also want to see you.
–1 Thessalonians 3:6

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April 14: “In the beginning God” by Day Williams

 

The star-forming region NGC 3603 – seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image – contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago. The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603’s centre.

The star-forming region NGC 3603 - seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image - contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago. The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603's centre.

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April 12: Rumor

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April 12
Rumor

279.
O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend.
–Psalms 15:1-3

280.
But do not panic; don’t be afraid when you hear the first rumor of approaching forces. For rumors will keep coming year by year. Violence will erupt in the land as the leaders fight against each other.
–Jeremiah 51:46

281.
Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
–John 21:22-23

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April 10: River

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April 10
River

273.
From Eden a river flowed out to water the garden, then it divided into four rivers.
–Genesis 2:10

274.
Next, seven skinny, bony cows came up out of the river. I have never seen such terrible-looking cows anywhere in Egypt.
–Genesis 41:19

275.
A river and its streams
bring joy to the city,
which is the sacred home
of God Most High.
God is in that city,
and it won’t be shaken.
He will help it at dawn.
–Psalms 46:4-5

276.
Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, shining like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb.
–Revelation 22:1

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April 9: What Scripture says about taking the unborn child’s life

Here are some Scripture references that concern taking the life of an unborn child:

Exodus 21:22-25: This passage speaks of hurting a woman with a child so that her fruit departs and then states that if any harm follows, you shall give life for life.

Psalm 139:13-16:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 1:4-5:
The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Archangel Gabriel said in Luke 1:15: “He shall be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb.”

Luke 1:24-56; see verse 41, where Elizabeth’s baby leaped in her womb when she heard the salutation of Mary and verse 44, where Elizabeth said, “The baby leaped in my womb for joy.”

Isaiah 44:2:
This is what the LORD says–
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 49:1:

Listen to me, you islands;

hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

Biblically it appears that the killing of an unborn child is equivalent to murder. See Exodus 21, that God knows the unborn child before it is born; Psalms 139 and 51, Jeremiah 1, and Luke 1, that the unborn child is very much a child.

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April 8: Magic

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April 8
 Magic

266.

Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks.

–Ephesians 6:11

267.
When the wicked one appears, Satan will pretend to work all kinds of miracles, wonders, and signs. Lost people will be fooled by his evil deeds. They could be saved, but they will refuse to love the truth and accept it. So God will make sure that they are fooled into believing a lie.

–2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

 

268.

But I will tell you what will happen to cowards and to everyone who is unfaithful or dirty-minded or who murders or is sexually immoral or uses witchcraft or worships idols or tells lies. They will be thrown into that lake of fire and burning sulfur. This is the second death.

–Revelation 21:8

 

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April 7: Loyalty

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April 7
Loyalty

264.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
–Proverbs 17:17

265.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
–Proverbs 18:24

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“The Holy Bible in Blank Verse” by Day Williams

                              

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Book of Numbers in Blank Verse

Book of Deuteronomy in Blank Verse

Book of Joshua in Blank Verse

Book of Judges in Blank Verse

Book of Ruth in Blank Verse

Book of First Samuel in Blank Verse

Book of Second Samuel in Blank Verse

Kings in Blank Verse: First and Second Kings
(Bible in Blank Verse Book 11) Kindle Edition

Chronicles in Blank Verse: First and Second Chronicles (Bible in Blank Verse Book 12) Kindle Edition

Book of Ezra in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 13) Kindle Edition

Book of Nehemiah in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 14) Kindle Edition

Book of Esther in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 15) Kindle Edition

Book of Job in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 16)

Book of Psalms: In Iambic Tetrameter (Bible in Blank Verse) (Volume 17)

Book of Proverbs in Blank Verse

Ecclesiastes in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 19) Kindle Edition

Song of Songs in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 20) Kindle Edition

Book of Isaiah in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 21) Kindle Edition

Book of Jeremiah in Blank Verse

Book of Lamentations in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 23) Kindle Edition

Book of Ezekiel in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 24) Kindle Edition

Book of Daniel in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 25) Kindle Edition

The Minor Prophets: in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 26) Kindle Edition

New Testament in Blank Verse: Part I Gospels (Bible in Blank Verse Book 27) Kindle Edition

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