Kudos to AtoZ Blog Challenge for keeing us committed and going. It was a tough call, given the ministerial responsibilities, but I kept at it, sometimes battling time zones to get my blog finished before the strike of twelve. My wife Holly Michael and her blog lead to me to AtoZ Challenge. Thanks to the wonderful bloggers whom I’ve connected with and today my hope is to connect with more. I promise. Thanks to them for making this a possibility! And so we are on Z!
As in keeping with the theme of Anglicanism, that thrived in Britain since the time of the Apostles and was found to be alive and active upon the arrival of St. Augustine in 597in Britain. This is the beginnings that we cling on to, Christianity undefiled, Catholicism pure. Hence I treasure what is conservative, ancient as the faith has been watered down due to political exigencies. Vernon Staley is the one I have quoted often and it gives the glimpse of this wonderful faith, apart from Roman Catholicism. The faith once delivered unto the saints must be kept and preserved.
Z is for Zeal for Jesus, Zeal for His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!
The kingdom of God is within you (Lk 17:21), Jesus said.
St. Paul writes,”Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body.'” Within the soul of every man is a throne upon which either God or sin sits as a king. We pray that God alone may occupy the throne of the heart. When this is so, we shall be able to influence others for good, and so God’s Kingdom will spread in the world
we pray for Christ’s second coming to judgment, when all remaining enemies shall be put under His feet. Unless the Kingdom- has come to our hearts, we are not ready for Christ’s coming at the end of the world. As we cannot alter the Prayer, we must alter our lives, and thus be getting ready for the second coming of our Lord.(Vernon Staley, The Catholic Religion: Guide for Anglican (Circa 1856) p.285
By “Thy will be done,” we not only mean that all God’s appointments of trial or suffering are to be patiently borne, but also that His will may be actively carried out by us. The will of God is not only to be accepted, but it is also to be fulfilled. God has given us a free will, and we pray that in all things, great and small, our wills may follow His, choosing that which He chooses, and rejecting that which He rejects.The rule of life is the same under all circumstances,- to do God’s will as we see it.We pray that His will may be’done in earth as it is in heaven. In heaven it is done by the holy angels, consciously and completely, cheerfully and continually.(Vernon Staley, The Catholic Religion)p.286
Some axioms from Saint John Bosco who dedicated his life in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, in caring for the youth and their souls for God:
Little piece of paradise will make everything alright. If only we had that eternal perspective we would evaluate every thought, word and deed of ours. As Christians, we believe that we will be part of the communion of saints, the great cloud of witnesses and we will worship the Lord God for all eternity.
A priest never goes to heaven or hell alone; a pastor. the moral responsibility that we hold for the souls is immense. Much has been given to us and much will be expected of us. Blessed is the servant whom the Master finds serving upon his arrival.
Zeal for the kingdom of heaven was paramount in the Lord’s public ministry. For us Christians in the United States, Christianity has been subjected to so many attacks, subtle but real. Letting such a thing to continue on only will obliterate the Christian faith slowly but surely.
Under the guise of welcoming anything new everybody gets a pass except Christians. Under the political correctness of inclusion, everyone else gets a better treatment than Christians or the Christian principles that have been the foundation of this great nation.
Good Christians and Honest Citizens:Zeal for His kingdom demands that we render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser and unto God what is Gods. Let us continue to be good Christians and honest citizens.
The goodness of America is in the face of tragedy across the globe. When Tsunami or natural calamities strike, we have seen the goodness of America flow in abundance. The number of volunteers that go and serve in the third world country is very inspiring. We will continue to serve the Lord, His kingdom until His Second Coming!
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev.3:20