THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
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.
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)
to “bear false witness against (our) neighbor.”
(Ex 20:16; Mt 19:18)
“slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising
all graciousness toward everyone.” (Ti 3:2)
to malign or “not speak evil of one another”
“proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk
“always be ready to give an explanation to anyone
who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pt 3:15b).
“speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts
“teach (others the) fear of the Lord” (Ps 34:12)
and about how to live Christ.
“teach the wicked (God’s) ways, that sinners
may return to (Him). (Ps 51:15)
go and make disciples, “teaching them to observe all
that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:20a)
always speak the truth and not lie (1 Tm 2:7)
“speak, not as trying to please human beings, but
rather God.” (1 Thes 2:4)
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)
“pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17) and sing
our praises to God.
“speak and so act as people who will be judged by
the law of freedom” (Jas 2:12), and who are destined
there you go, brethren. “Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
lift up your voice like a trumpet blast” (Is 58:1a).