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Jesus is Born!

Sunday, December 25th, 2016
The angels announced the birth of the Savior as “good news of great joy.”  In taking on our human nature, God the Son poured himself out for us, and from this we learn that joy comes from the giving of self.  Another message of the angels is that joy comes from personal acceptance of Jesus as our Savior.  The proud can never experience this joy, for they refuse to admit their need for salvation; or they pursue a futile quest for joy in pleasures and possessions. We give thanks that the Son of God came to save us.
Our Father
1. [While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the census,] the time came for her delivery.
Hail Mary
2. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.
Hail Mary
3. She laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Hail Mary
4. There were shepherds in the same region, living in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Hail Mary
5. And behold, an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of God shone round about them, and they were very much afraid.
Hail Mary
6. The angel said to them: “Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people.
Hail Mary
7. “Today in the town of David there has been born to you a Savior who is Christ the Lord;
Hail Mary
8. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
Hail Mary
9.  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God,
Hail Mary
10. And saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will.”
Hail Mary
Glory be
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Reference: Luke 2:1-14

The Seven Day Bible Rosary

The Nativity decade above is from The Seven Day Bible Rosary for the week of Christmas.  Here are some comments John received this year for this book.

The Seven Day Bible Rosary has brought such freshness and insight to my life.

The Scripture references that are applied to each station have been ideal for meditation and even useful in apologetics.

I lead the rosary at weekly Mass and The Seven Day Bible Rosary provides an incredible dynamic when reciting the Rosary, by painting a clear picture of the highlights of each mystery.

We have been praying The Seven Day Bible Rosary daily.  We love it! And it has transformed my life!

I enjoy using this book.  Most times I had problems with meditation until now.  Thank you.

The Seven Day Bible Rosary by John F. Kippley is available for $5; 3 for $12; 5 for $15 including shipping.
Or mail to: American Rosary Press; P. O. Box 112035; Cincinnati OH 45211.  It is a great little gift and can be easily included in a card envelope for birthdays, confirmation, hospitality, ordinations, a special thanks, etc.

 

Jesus is risen from the dead

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

The first Glorious mystery
Jesus is risen from the dead

Our Christian faith is not a philosophy of ideas with which we happen to agree. Rather, true faith is based upon the person of Jesus Christ and upon his teaching, his death and his resurrection. So crucial is the resurrection that St. Paul wrote, “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17).

The saving death and resurrection of the Lord are the foundations of our faith. They are also the reasons for our being faithful to our Savior in the everyday things of life.  We pray for an increase in faith and in daily fidelity to Jesus.

Our Father
1. After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher.
Hail Mary
2. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat upon it.
Hail Mary
3. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow.
Hail Mary
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4. For fear of him, the guards were terrified and became like dead men.
Hail Mary
5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
Hail Mary
6. “He is not here; for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.
Hail Mary
7. “Go quickly and tell his disciples that He has risen from the dead. He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.”
Hail Mary
8. They departed quickly from the tomb in fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Hail Mary
9. “I am the resurrection and the life.
Hail Mary
10. “He who believes in Me, even though he die, yet he shall live.”
Hail Mary
Glory be
________________________________________References: Matthew 28: 1-10; John 11:25

Taken from the Seven Day Bible Rosary by John Kippley

My Opposition to the Death Penalty in Contemporary America

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

I was recently offered a polite challenge to my opposition to the death penalty, and on the spot I did not spell it out well.  My current thinking is based on three considerations

Social.  In a former age, the criminal guilty of a capital crime was, in my opinion, more guilty of his outrageous behavior.  Within my lifetime, however, the educational, judicial, and political systems have become more complicit in these crimes.  The legal system has expelled religion and religious morality from the public school system in which the vast majority of American youth are educated.  To paraphrase Romans 10:14ff, how can we expect people to believe and to do what is right if we do not instruct them?  Public education has not only become complicit but teaches an intellectual and moral vacuum in which there is no objective truth, everything is subjective and there are no moral absolutes.  Yes, the natural law is still written in the heart of every person, but the dominant cultural forces are combined to treat the silent entreaties in the heart as old fashioned taboos.  The judicial system still permits the killing of the most innocent citizens at will; in fact such permission to kill the innocent is a foundation of the current Democratic Party.    This combination has given us a culture that is toxic to basic morality.  As Dostoyevsky had one of characters say, “If there is no God, you can do anything.”  Thus society at large has to bear the burden of the humane imprisonment of those who commit capital crimes.

Repentance.  I publish a rosary booklet (The Seven Day Bible Rosary) and offer it free to prisoners.  I have distributed hundreds of these and have received only one letter saying “I didn’t do it,” and that was from a man on death row.  Another death row prisoner made no such comment.  Others have told me specifically that being sent to prison was the best thing that has ever happened to them.  Without being specific, they admit that they had been living sinful lives.  Now they are reading a Catholic newspaper in which I advertise and asking for something to help them pray the rosary.  Some of these have had their first encounter with the Catholic faith in prison; others were raised in Catholic families but ignored what they were taught.  Some have told me that it has taken years for them to get to this stage of repentance.  Life imprisonment gives some prisoners the time they need to repent and grow in holiness.

Spiritual warfare.  There is a spiritual warfare going on between the Lord Jesus and Satan for every person.  Jesus gave his life for my sins, the sins of everyone who reads this, and also for the sins of every other sinner, some of whose sins are not only very serious but also public knowledge.  I do not want Satan to win any of these battles— which he might do if some criminals are put to death before they repent.

The bottom line:  Please join many prisoners who are praying the rosary every day as Our Lady of Fatima has asked us to do—for world peace, for the conversion of Russia, and for the conversion of sinners all throughout the world.  I can hear it already, “Those folks have nothing but time on their hands but I am too busy.”  It is a rare day when a person who wants to honor Mary’s request cannot find the time to do so.   The daily commute provides many with plenty of rosary time.  And the list of opportunities goes on.

John F. Kippley, www.sevendaybiblerosary.com