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FEAR GOD/fear the people, FEAR ETERNAL PUNISHMENT/fear being stoned

Patron Against Cancer O God, who gave to Saint Peregrine an Angel for his companion, the Mother of God for his Teacher and Jesus as the Physician of his malady, grant we beseech You his merits that we may on earth intensely love our Holy Angel, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Our Savior, and in Him bless them forever.

Acts 5:17-26 “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report, they were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them, but without force, because THEY WERE AFRAID OF BEING STONED BY THE PEOPLE. Jn 3:16-21 people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light

How hardened were their hearts! Once again, they witnessed a miracle, and yet they did not FEAR GOD, they only FEARED THE PEOPLE. They did not FEAR ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, they only feared BEING STONED. Let us ask God to show us areas where we are more afraid of man, then we are of Him. Are we more afraid of human punishment, than Eternal punishment?

"God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Saint Peregrine, pray for us.


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