Tuesday, March 31, 2015

His humility...

 I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; 
I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. - Isaiah 50:6

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IMAGE: The Flagellation of Christ ~ Guercino

"The humility of Jesus can be seen in the crib, in the exile to Egypt, in the hidden life, in the inability to make people understand Him, in the desertion of His apostles, in the hatred of His persecutors, in all the terrible suffering and death of His Passion, and now in His permanent state of humility in the tabernacle, where He has reduced Himself to such a small particle of bread that the priest can hold Him with two fingers. 
The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us."

Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, March 30, 2015

Entrusted with a treasure...

"This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter,
we will take this path of Jesus' own humiliation. 
Only in this way will this week be "holy" for us too!"
- Pope Francis, Palm Sunday homily (2015)

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"We need to implore His grace daily, asking Him to open our cold hearts and shake up our lukewarm and superficial existence. Standing before Him with open hearts, letting Him look at us, we see that gaze of love which Nathaniel glimpsed on the day when Jesus said to him: 'I saw you under the fig tree' (Jn 1:48).
How good it is to stand before a crucifix, or on our knees before the Blessed Sacrament, and simply to be in His presence! How much good it does us when He once more touches our lives and impels us to share his new life! What then happens is that 'we speak of what we have seen and heard' (1 Jn 1:3).
The best incentive for sharing the Gospel comes from contemplating it with love, lingering over its pages and reading it with the heart. If we approach it in this way, its beauty will amaze and constantly excite us. But if this is to come about,
we need to recover a contemplative spirit which can help us to realize ever anew that we have been entrusted with a treasure which makes us more human and helps us to lead a new life. There is nothing more precious which we can give to others."
From Evangelii Gaudium, 264 – Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday

Holy Week, the most solemn and intense period of worship in the Christian faith, begins with Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (the full name), the Sunday before Easter. In spite of the spiritual gravity of Holy Week, it begins with joy.  The Church celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Church begins her commemorative pilgrimage with her Lord on His way to Calvary.

Wear RED to Mass today!

The event is mentioned in all four Gospels. (Mark 11:1–11, Matt21:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, John 12:12–19). This entry into Jerusalem is seen as the prophetic fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9-10:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will destroy the chariot out of Ephraim, and the horse out of Jerusalem, and the bow for war shall be broken: and he shall speak peace to the Gentiles, and his power shall be from sea to sea, and from the rivers even to the end of the earth.

Entry Into Jerusalem 
"It is a fact that an age waxes or wanes
in proportion to the worship of the divine Eucharist.
It is there that is found the life and the measure
of its faith, its charity, and its vitality.

May the reign of the Eucharist
come about more and more.
For too long impiety and ingratitude
have been allowed to hold sway over the world!
Adveniat regnum tuum. Thy Kingdom come."

St. Peter Julian Eymard
Icon:  Assisi Frescoes Entry into Jerusalem, Pietro Lorenzetti, ca 1320

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including... How to make palm crosses to tuck behind 
picture frames or near holy  images

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Every morning feels new...

Lord, in the morning Thou dost hear my voice
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for Thee, and watch.
  - Psalm 5:3

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"In the Christian tradition, time has always had a sacramental significance because God entered into time and hallowed it, just as He entered into matter and space and hallowed them. Time means something. And God has ordered the rhythms of our lives so that this awareness is built into our bones.

Morning, for instance, carries with it the sense of promise, of renewal, of freshness, of second chances. Morning is as old as the world, yet every morning feels new. Even as tragic a book as Lamentations picks up on this theme and reminds us that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, that His mercies never come to an end and that they are "new every morning."

Not surprisingly then, the Church takes over the tradition of morning prayer from our elder brothers, the Jews, and urges us to pray like the psalmist in the morning and to offer the coming day to God, who gave it to us. Today, offer morning prayer to God, make your life a living sacrifice, and watch."  ~ Mark Shea

As a prelude to Holy Week...
hasten to offer the perfect morning prayer -
attend holy Mass! 

Planning ahead...in liturgical correctness...
Remember to wear RED to Mass for PALM SUNDAY!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Together: toward holiness...

  "Feed on this Bread of the Angels from which you will
draw the strength to fight inner struggles."- Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati
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"Ask Jesus to make you a saint.
After all, only He can do that.
Go to confession regularly
and to Communion as often as you can."

St. Dominic Savio

"This world is filled with many vulgar and dishonorable things that will claw and tear at your Christian purity if you allow them to. Don't let them! Seek instead the things of God. He will purify you and free you from your slavery to profane and inconsequential things." - Patrick Madrid

“There is no shame so great that God’s mercy cannot shine forth from its midst. … Jesus is not afraid to go to the core of our shame to heal us.  Sins and secrets do not scare Him.  The serpent causes shame and hiding; Jesus invites us to mercy and communion.” ~ Fr Richard Veras

"I think one of the central elements of my own discipleship so far has been my pastors’ focus on the Cross. The way of Jesus is the way of the cross. It is terribly painful to give up one’s sins and self-will, to allow one’s old self to be crucified along with Jesus … and I have been very grateful to my pastors who acknowledge how hard and painful it can be along this Christian journey. But the way of the cross is also the way of life and peace.- Dr Holly Ordway (excerpt - Former Atheist: Christianity Really Does Make Sense)

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