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Pinned toot is now open! What better day then (US) Independence Day. The memorial of American freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Freedoms we have taken for granted and now too often see impinged.

Today is a Holy Day of Obligation: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is a belief of Christians from the beginning, rooted in common sense and biblical precedents. One short piece is:

(Lk 1:42b)
blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

(Mt 18:4-5):
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

(Mt 17:22-23):
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.

(Jn 6:51):
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

(Mt 17:19-20):
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for."

(Jn 12:26):
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

(Mt 16:18-19):
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

(Mt 15:27-28):
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”

Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

(Mt 14:31):
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Brian Holdsworth looks at what it takes to “have a relationship” with Jesus in this 7 minute video.

(Mk 9:7):
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

(Jn 6:35):
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

Today is the memorial of St. John Vianney. This priestly saint once asked a parishioner who prayed often before the Blessed Sacrament for what is it he prayed. The man said "nothing!" Curious, St. John then asked "what do you do then?" To which the man answered: "I look at Him, and He looks at me." This beautiful story illustrates the simplicity of heartfelt faith.

(Mt 14 9-10):
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.

(Mt 13:58):
And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.

Today is a first Friday, a time when many observe the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Beginning in 1673, our Lord appeared to French nun St. Margaret Mary Alocoque. He gave her a special task during a time when the hearts of the people had grown cold -- to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart.

This appeared over Hwy 105 in Texas yesterday. Regardless of what you see in it, God (the creator of everything) made it.

(Mt 13:52):
And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

Funny, because it's true (Mt 7:13-14).