February 3, 2014
Today is the feast of St Blaise, bishop of Sebastea in historical Armenia (modern Sivas, Turkey), who was a martyr in the early fourth century. Today in Catholic churches we have the Blessing of the Throats. St Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat, and the boy was about to die when St Blaise healed him.
We pray to St Blaise that our throats and vocal chords be blessed, to always be used for God’s purposes.
* Not to “be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many.” (Sir 28:13)
* Not to “bear false witness against (our) neighbor.” (Ex 20:16; Mt 19:18)
* To “slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone.” (Ti 3:2)
* Not to malign or “not speak evil of one another” (Jas 4:11a)
* To “proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)
* To “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pt 3:15b).
* To “speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31b).
* To “teach (others the) fear of the Lord” (Ps 34:12) and about how to live Christ.
* To “teach the wicked (God’s) ways, that sinners may return to (Him). (Ps 51:15)
* To go and make disciples, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:20a)
* To always speak the truth and not lie (1 Tm 2:7)
* To “speak, not as trying to please human beings, but rather God.” (1 Thes 2:4)
* To speak words of love and care to others, and that “no foul language should come out of (our) mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.” (Eph 4:29)
* To “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17) and sing our praises to God.
* To “speak and so act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom” (Jas 2:12), and who are destined for heaven.
So there you go, brethren. “Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast” (Is 58:1a).
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God bless you all.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)