Jun 23

Catch the SPIRIT in the MORNING – Marie Joseph Guest June 29th

Don’t miss this exciting RADIO show with Gary Zimak and Marie Joseph as guest!

Start your day on a positive Spirit filled note!

Next Thursday June 29th 7am – 8 am

Holy Spirit Radio – http://holyspiritradio.org/spirit-in-the-morning/

WISP 1570 AM and WCOJ 1420 AM

We’ll be rockin it and you don’t want to miss it!

Here is some info on Gary’s show and website…

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Join Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak every Monday thru Friday on Spirit In The Morning on Holy Spirit Radio

Spirit in the Morning with Gary Zimak is an upbeat program designed to get your day off to the right start.

Your host, Gary Zimak, was born and raised in Philadelphia; eating many soft pretzels, Tastykakes and cheesesteaks along the way. Just like many of us, he has experienced the many ups and downs with the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. He knows and loves the City of Brotherly Love!

Despite being ranked as the ninth largest radio market (according to the July 2016 Neilsen Audio Ratings), Philadelphia has never had a local Catholic morning radio show. That changed on October 10, 2016 when Spirit In The Morning debuted on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia!

Every Monday thru Friday at 7 AM Eastern, Gary will help you to start your day with a mix of music, Scripture and inspiration. And you better believe that he will offer hope to his fellow “worriers”! If you’re outside of the Philadelphia area, the show also streams live on Holy Spirit Radio.org and TuneIn Radio.

Jan 15

Fired Up For Freedom!

Galatians 5:1

“For Freedom Christ set us free; so do not submit again to the yoke of slavery”

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic leadership in the struggle for freedom …

We remember that he was a follower of Christ aiming for peace and the ultimate freedom spiritual freedom

He worked toward unity and equality for all people – his dream

And knew that Jesus had paid the ultimate sacrifice to free all people from sin and that had to be a strength driving Dr. King to follow His Lord’s example.

Thank you Lord for all the graces showered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

and for his YES to carrying out your will in his life….

the many blessings this world has known because of your GLORY.

Let there be peace on earth

#DrMartinLutherKingJr

 

Jan 11

Job 12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

Jan 24

Happy New Year! Looking forward to a blessed 2016!

Apr 28

Marie on EWTN’s the Journey Home Program

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Watch Marie Joseph share her testimony tonight at 8:00 ET on EWTN’s The Journey Home Program hosted by Marcus Grodi.

Apr 26

The Imagery of Fire and Purgation in the Bible (Radio Interview)

Marie joins Marcus Grodi on Deep in Scripture Radio to discuss the imagery of fire and purgation in the Bible, looking specifically at Luke 12: 49, Luke 22: 31-34 & 54-57, 1 Peter 1: 7, and 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15.

Luke 12: 49

[49] “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!”

Luke 22: 31-34

[31] “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,

[32] but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.”

[33] And he said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

[34] He said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know me.”

Luke 22: 54-57

[54] Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.

[55] And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.

[56] A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

[57] But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

1 Peter 1: 7

[7] so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3: 12-15

[12] If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw,

[13] the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire (itself) will test the quality of each one’s work.

[14] If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage.

[15] But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.

Dec 18

Advent… a time to suffer?

In the midst of the Holiday Cheer it is easy to forget why we are truly here… at this time…in Advent

For Catholic Christians it is a mini Lent – a time to prepare to meet our Savior in the Child Jesus! 

The best way to prepare is to let go of ourselves, crucify our flesh and once again unite with Christ our King!

Our Jesus is the “Suffering Servant”  and to be like Him and with Him is to carry our Cross and follow Him right to Calvary!

So if we find ourselves at this time suffering in mind, body and or spirit let us rejoice that Our Lord and God has deemed us worthy of sharing in His suffering and let us ask Him to do with it whatever pleases Him.

For we usually do not understand why we suffer and it seems meaningless, especially now when the world has already started celebrating Christmas with good food, drink and gifts!

But God, in His mercy and grace totally understands what our suffering is about and He knows it is for a greater good…

Look at Saint Joseph and how he struggled and suffered upon seeing Our Blessed Mother pregnant when he knew it wasn’t his baby!!!!

Can you just imagine that the news of this baby was not good at first but painful!!!

If Saint Joseph was allowed to suffer in spirit and mind – then how much more do you think we should be expecting to suffer when the Child Jesus is near!

May God bless you this Advent season with just what you need to get closer to Him who loves you!

 

Mar 26

Day 18 – 1 Peter 3:8-12 Grace Will Get You Where You Need to Be!

8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10For,

   “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,
MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.
11 “HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;
HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.
12 “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”

Well St. Peter this might be the hardest of your words yet!  These words are so counter-cultural – so opposite from the desire of human nature!

Sounds like we need a saviour to follow these words…

We need THE SAVIOR Jesus to follow His example – to follow HIM!

I was reminded yesterday of the difference between the “I” in me and the “I AM” of Jesus –

We can only act in the way of Jesus by His grace and His strength — He acting in us.

But when we try to be perfect for ourselves… when we look at the commandments as a measure of how righteous we are… for the sake of being righteous… a good  person…

for ME — For the “I” in me… than we have missed the power of the savior in our lives!

The is no longer an “I” in me… but a “Christ” who lives in me… and He is the great

“I AM” — HE IS!

When I can step out of the way and put all my trust in Him — with my YES –

then I can let His grace give me the strength to repay evil with good — and to not allow evil to pass my lips!

I need saving every day… and I look to Jesus who had the power to fight sin — to fight it daily in me!

Where in your life are  you not following the good?

Where in your life have you not surrendered to Jesus?

God bless –

Mar 23

Day 17 – 1 Peter 3:1-7 –

 1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

 7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

St. Peter starts with the words… in the same way… meaning is the same way as the verses we ended with yesterday… in the same way as “THE WAY” CHRIST JESUS!

How beautiful and with a totally truthful perspective we can read these words if we read first about Christ suffering…

these are hard words for our modern day culture….and with all that has happened with women’s so called “liberation”.

When Christ came he liberated women… he raised women and slaves and the poor…

If we read these words about submission and the fact that a woman has the power to win her husband’s soul for Christ if she exemplifies him…

Not with nagging… not with anger or frustrated words… but with love in action…

Silence – not a word would have to be spoken –

This is a high calling we have as women – to be like the savior Jesus!

Not in titles or positions of grandeur … but in action…

Then St. Peter calls men to live with wives “In the same way” as Christ and with understanding…

This might seem amazing to many men and women who read this and think…

Understanding?  We are so different how can I understand this Man or Woman????

But with the grace of Christ – understanding is possible!

And in the Sacrament of Marriage the grace of God is flowing if a wife and husband follow in this SAME WAY!

As St. Peter says… the husband’s prayers will be hindered!

This word “weaker”… this may seem to offend some women…

Weaker does not mean unequal or less than…

Women are receivers… we are to be softer, docile, usually more compassionate,

we are the heart of the family.

Men are the hunters, protectors and they are stronger –

This goes for temptations too I believe… which is why Eve was so easily tempted and taken by Satan when he convinced her to eat the apple in the original sin…

So St. Peter is so wise to exhort the husband to a greater understanding of his wife!

This is good news and beautifully put by St. Peter…

In what ways can we as wives or husbands follow in Christ’s way –

which we read about yesterday — that by His wounds we are healed and by His suffering we have an example in our relationships?

In what way can you offer suffering or any wounds from your spouse in marriage – to our Lord for healing?

God bless-

Mar 22

Day 16 – 1 Peter 2:23-25 By His Wounds You Were Healed

23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Oh St. Peter… this is action packed today.  I can just picture him writing this with heart felt thanksgiving to His Savior and King Jesus Christ.

How do we suffer?  Do we follow the example of our Lord?

This is so comforting… but also exhorting… and if you haven’t seen by now,

Peter exhorts!  Our first Pope!

“For by his wounds you are healed”  This never had such meaning to me as it does right now!

If Jesus healed us by His Wounds… how much more then does He call us to offer our wounds?

Think about the people in your life who have hurt you —

Do you want revenge, justice, do you want them to come to you and tell you they are sorry — that they were wrong…

Isn’t that what we want usually?  Don’t we remain in pain over past hurts and think to ourselves… you know if they just came to me and said they were sorry –

Or we are upset because we think… “If they  just said they were wrong and sorry!”

Usually I have forgiven but there is still a pain in my heart over the hurt and so I continue to pray for the person… but I will think to myself in times of temptation…

I wish they knew how much they hurt me…

Recently I prayed and realized that my prayers for this person are greater now after they hurt me than before… it is a greater sacrifice to Our Lord — and the person doesn’t even have to know that I know pray for them from a place of pain — from the wound!

From the Wound I pray for God to bless them and heal them!

Wow — that is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us and for all those people — even His own friends… ESPECIALLY PETER who denied him!

When Jesus was on the cross Peter had left Him… said he didn’t even know Him!

Jesus prayed for Peter anyway — that his faith would be strong – for protection against Satan who Jesus already had seen speaking through Peter!

These are powerful words today from St. Peter…

A beautiful way that he replays and tells the way Our Lord suffered… and an example for us to follow!

Think today about praying from  your wounds and hurts — from that place of pain for those who hurt you…

In heaven you will see the graces and glory of God through this prayer!

God bless –

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