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Sunday Devotional: King of the Universe

Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

Today is the feast day of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!

It was foretold.

Book of Daniel 7:13-14:

As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed it.

John 18:33-37:

Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

And we are told He will come again.

Revelation 1:5-8:

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

Tell the King of the Universe that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength!

And may the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The woman who fears the Lord

Proverbs 31:10-12, 17, 20, 25-26, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life….
She girds herself with strength;
she exerts her arms with vigor….
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy….
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom;
kindly instruction is on her tongue….
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.

In our time, the passage in Proverbs 31 about the good wife has become politically incorrect and cringe-worthy to the “modern” woman, especially the part about the wife weaving wool and flax with skillful hands (Proverbs 31:13).

But did you know that throughout human history, women had been the guardians of morality?

Being child-bearers and child-rearers, women have a vested interest in a morality-governed social order — of marital fidelity and commitment, law and order, and all the attendant virtues.

In the words of Irish poet John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890):

Women are at once the guardians and the well-spring of the world’s faith, morality, and tenderness; and if ever they are degraded to a commonplace level with men, this fine essential quality will be impaired, and their weakness will have to beg and follow where now it guides and controls.

So much of our present darkness and woes can be attributed to women having foresaken their crucial role as guardians of morality and the good. Instead, women now champion their right to kill their unborn and even the newly-born. “Feminists” take pride in being sluts, callously and heartlessly calling their unborn children “parasites”.

Pro-gun control “March for Our Lives” demonstration in Washington, DC, March 24, 2018

That is why I believe abortion is a portal to the demonic.

Instead of the grotesqueries that women have become, this is what women and good wives should be.

May the peace of love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. 
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.

In our childhood, youth, and for most of our lives, we live each day without nary a thought of our mortality — that we surely will die one day. Or if we do think about it, that “one day” is far, far away in some misty future.

It is only when a loved one passes away or if we receive a grave medical diagnosis that death — our own death — becomes real.

But in truth, as those who suddenly lost a relative or close friend know only too well, our “one day” can be any day.

A year and two months ago, I had spoken to my husband in our usual 6:30 a.m. phone call (he was in an assisted living facility), and all seemed well. Then, at 9 a.m., I received the dreaded phone call, that he had had a stroke and was taken to ER. Two days later, he passed away — my intellectual soul mate whom I had loved since I was 22.

My only consolation is that, at my insistence and hours-long wait for a priest, my husband received the holy sacrament of the Last Rites before he breathed his last. Though his body is gone, his immortal soul lives and is with God — my belief confirmed by messages in words and visions that I, my best friend and my husband’s former student all received.

So, when Our Lord instructs us to “stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” we really need to heed His warning.

If you were to die tomorrow, how would you account for your life before the Creator?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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We are all called to be saints!

Revelation 7:9-14

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Today is All Saints’ Day — the day when we remember and honor the saints.

Do not be intimidated by the word “saint” — it simply means “holy”.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.

Today is the feast day of all holy persons, among whose ranks may be your family and friends who have passed away, whose numbers are far greater than those formally declared as saints by the Catholic Church.

Among the many things that distress me about the Church today is how rarely, if ever, priests make mention of the saints in their homilies. That puzzles me because the saints are our role models. They were, like us, wholly imperfect human beings. As an example, St. Jerome (331-420) is described as “By nature an irascible man with a sharp tongue” who “made enemies as well as friends” — which goes to show that one doesn’t have to be perfect to be a saint!

1 John 3:1-3

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.


God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity.

Since saints are holy, and only holy people will see God face to face, that means we are all called to be saints.

This morning, on All Saints’ Day, I’ll say it outright:

I want to be a saint!
And I want all of you to be saints!

Please join me in making the same affirmation. And let us help each other to become saints.

For the lives of some saints, please go to our “Angels & Saints” page.

The Greatest Commandment is to love God with our whole hearts, our whole souls, our whole minds, and with all our strength.

May the peace and joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Éowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The Greatest Commandment of All

Matthew 22:34-38

But when the Pharisees heard
that He had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together.
Then one of them, a lawyer,
asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him,
“‘You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.”

Truth is, and should be, simple.

Our Lord has a marvellous way of cutting through the dross to the heart of an issue — and He does exactly that in Matthew 22 in identifying the Greatest Commandment of All.

Think about it….

For it we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, then we also are faithful to the Ten Commandments.

The ten follow the one, logically and naturally, because loving God with our whole heart, mind and soul, we would not want to offend or disappoint Him by:

  1. Worshipping other so-called gods, or ourselves as gods — which was the first sin of Lucifer and of our first parents in that first garden.
  2. Taking His name in vain — using His holy name as a profanity or as an emotional outburst.
  3. Not keeping holy His day.
  4. Not honoring our earthly parents who chose not to abort us and to whom we owe our very lives.
  5. Killing another in body or spirit.
  6. Disrespecting our marital vows and the institution of marriage by committing adultery.
  7. Stealing or wasting another’s possession, resource or time.
  8. Bearing false witness against or telling lies about another.
  9. Coveting — lusting or longing for — another’s spouse, which is a form of adultery.
  10. Coveting another’s goods — feeling envious, resentful, or entitled to what others have.


May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you!

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me

Philippians 4:1, 4-7, 13

[I]in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved….
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus….
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

We live in dark times.

Evil seems to grow every day, by the minute.

The upcoming election will, no exaggeration, determine the fate of not just our lives, but the integrity of the U.S. Constitution and the continuation of the American Republic.

So, it is difficult not to fret and, sometimes, even despair.

At this point, only 23 days until Election Day, there is really very little anyone of us can do, other than pray and contribute whatever money we can to the candidates who stand for and will fight for what is right and good.

When Our Lord was suffering on the cross, He abandoned Himself completely to His Father’s will: “Thy will be done.”

We can do likewise.

Close your eyes and say the Surrender Prayer:

“Jesus, I surrender myself to You.
Jesus, You take care of it.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Thy will be done.”

May the peace, strength and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Have no anxiety at all

Philippians 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Relieve the troubles of my heart (suicide)

Psalms 25:1-2, 4-7, 16-17, 20-21

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust….
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your compassion and your mercy, O LORD,
for they are ages old.
Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me according to your mercy,
because of your goodness, LORD….
Look upon me, have pity on me,
for I am alone and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart;
bring me out of my distress….
Preserve my soul and rescue me;
do not let me be disgraced, for in you I seek refuge.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;
I wait for you, O LORD.

for I am alone and afflicted“….

I woke up this morning feeling blue.

A year and a month ago, I lost my husband, whom I had loved since I was 22. While most of my grieving is done, there are times when it still hurts. So when I came upon today’s first reading, from Psalms 25, I wept. But the tears were healing tears.

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” -Lucius Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65), Stoic philosopher and statesman

Did you know that the rate of suicides in the United States is increasing — a sad phenomenon that, no doubt, is exacerbated by the government’s COVID-19 lockdown and social-isolation policies, and the attendant stress. (See DCG’s post: “Texas hospital sees “alarming” rate of juvenile suicide patients“)

Here are some statistics from the CDC, via the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • In the 20 years from 1999 to 2018, the total suicide rate in the United States increased 35% from 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 14.2 per 100,000 in 2018.
  • Over 44,965 Americans die from sucide every year. Approximately 123 Americans die by suicide every day. (SAVE)
  • In 2018, suicide was:
    • The 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people.
    • The 2nd leading cause of death among Americans ages 10-34.
    • The 4th leading cause of death among ages 35-54.
    • The 8th leading cause of death for ages 55-64.
    • Strangely, the CDC does not rank suicide for those ages 64 and older. But the suicide rates by age (see figure below) would suggest that suicide is the No. 1 leading cause of death among the elderly, especially those widowed or divorced.

Men commit more suicides: In 2018, the overall suicide rate among males was 3.7 times higher (22.8 per 100,000) than among females (6.2 per 100,000), but disproportionately even higher for elderly men. As shown in the figure below, the suicide rate of men 75 and older was 39.9 per 100,000, whereas that of elderly women was 4.0.

The much higher suicide rate of elderly men accounts for why the elderly (75 and older) have the highest suicide rate of all age groups — of 43.9 per 100,000.

I added to the figure “Total rates by age”

Which racial group do you think have the highest suicide rate?

If you guess Black, you’re wrong.

In 2018, white Americans committed more suicides than other racial/ethnic groups because of the disproportionately high suicide rate of white males.

If you are “alone and afflicted” and in despair, look to our Lord.

Look to our Lord on the cross.

No man or woman has suffered as much as He had.

He understands your pain and your despair.

Tell Him:

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: My ways are not your ways

Isaiah 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

That is why while we may pray for our wishes, in the final analysis, we must remember that it is God’s will that must be done because we simply don’t know everything, nor do we know the grand scheme of things, nor what really is good for us.

But to pray that God’s will be done, now and always, requires humility and the abnegation or surrender of our own will — to God’s.

And that is difficult for us narcissistic and willful humans.

The key is love.

If we indeed love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength, we then truly can say: “Thy will be done.”

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Forgive

Sirach 27:30—28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

Mathew 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?” 
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. 
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants. 
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. 
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt. 
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan. 
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount. 
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused. 
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt. 
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair. 
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! 
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. 
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt. 
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Researchers again and again have found that forgiveness is not just good for the recipient, it is also good for our own physical, mental and spiritual health.

The best definition of “forgive” I know is to refrain from wishing ill to the person who has hurt you, but instead wish him/her well. Don’t nurse the grievance and let it fester inside you.

But to forgive doesn’t mean to forget, for if we forget, we are simply setting ourselves up for a repeat of the offense. Nor does forgiving means we must approve of the offender or the offending act. Nor does forgiving necessarily means we must continue the relationship because sometimes the offense enables you to clearly see who that person really is. As a result, you simply no longer desire to be in his/her company.

The late Christian psychologist Dr. Everett Worthington (1931-2019) developed some techniques that prove useful. One of them is the two-chairs technique. Someone with a grievance sits in Chair A and addresses a real but absent offender sitting in Chair B, telling him how he feels. The subject is then asked to move to Chair B and respond as the offender might. Sitting in the offender’s place to explain why they acted as they did, the offended subjects are forced to think “outside the box,” to put themselves in the other’s place, perhaps seeing for the first time circumstances they had previously overlooked. This can open the way for seeing both sides of the story, and, eventually, to forgiveness.

Here is Dr. Worthington on a 5-step method we can use to forgive:

The death of my husband a year ago led me to really realize just how ephemeral and fleeting our lives are. A result of that realization is my forgiving a college-era friend whom I had not seen in ten years. I simply decided to let go of the hurt from what she did, or rather what she failed to do. It was simply not important in the larger scheme of things. I discovered that forgiving her was surprisingly easy and very liberating.

How forgiving are you?

There’s a short quiz you can take to find out. Click here.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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