DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE

LIBERTY, PROSPERITY AND OPPORTUNITY are in decline thanks to President Barack Obama’s economic policies and inaction by Congress. That’s the verdict from the 22nd edition of the INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM, which THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION publishes annually in partnership with THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

this year’s findings–based on factors such as government spending, regulations and the rule of law–include:

**The U.S has fallen from the 6th freest economy in the world, when President Barack Obama took office, to 11th place in 2016.

**With losses of economic freedom in eight of the past nine years, the U.S. has tied its worst score ever, wiping out a decade of progress.

**America’s declining score in the index is closely related to rapidly rising government spending, subsidies, and bailouts.

**YOU CAN DISCOVER ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS INTO THE DECLINE OF FREEDOM AN America, AND STUDY PRACTICALLY ANY NATION that interests you, by exploring the 2016 INDEX on line–where you’ll find economic freedom data for 186 countries, plus interactive maps and charts you can customize.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.heritage.org/index.

Then talk to your candidates, Representatives and Senators and demand a change.

 

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EASTER

 

FROM POPE FRANCIS:  EASTER

Entering the tomb…That is why we are here: to enter, to enter into the mystery which God has accomplished with his vigil of love.

We cannot live Easter without entering into the mystery. It is not something intellectual, something we only know or read about…it is more, much more.!

TO ENTER INTO THE MYSTERY MEANS THE ABILITY TO WONDER, TO CONTEMPLATE; THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO THE SILENCE AND TO HEAR THE TINY WHISPER AMID GREAT SILENCE BY WHICH GOD SPEAKS TO US.(Kings: 19:12)

To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions…

To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty, and love. It is seeking a deeper meaning, and answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity, and our very existence.

To enter into the mystery we need humility, the lowliness to abase ourselves, to come down from the pedestal of our “I” which is so proud, of our presumption; the humility not to take ourselves to seriously, recognizing who we really are: creatures with strengths and weaknesses, sinners in need of forgiveness. To enter into the mystery we need the lowliness that is powerlessness, the renunciation of our idols…in a word, we need to adore. Without adoration, we cannot enter into the mystery.

HE IS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

“FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. Through Jesus we do know ‘the room where exiled love lays down its victory’. He himself is this place, and he calls us to be with him and in dependence on him. He calls us to keep this place open within the world so the He, the exiled love, may reappear over and over in the world…God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed” (Pope Benedict XVI)

THE RESURRECTION: first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 5:6b-8

Brothers and Sisters; Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

What did Jesus teach?  LOVE AND FORGIVENESS

O God, you were pleased to give joy to the world through the Resurrection of your Son. Grant, we beseech you, that through the mediation of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys of life everlasting. Amen

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD  “Christ’s execution notice became with paradoxical unity the ‘confession of faith,’ the real starting point and rooting-point of the Christian faith, which holds Jesus to be the Christ: as the crucified criminal this Jesus is the Christ, the King. His crucifixion is his coronation: his coronation or kingship is his surrender of himself to men, the identification of word, mission, and existence in the yielding up of this very existence.  His existence is thus his word. From the cross faith understands in increasing measure that this Jesus did not just do and say something; that in him message and person are identical, that he always already is what he says.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

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HYMN: Were you there when the crucified my Lord? Were you there when the crucified my Lord? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Where you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Wee you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid him in the tome? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

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O Lord our God, your Son Jesus Christ did not refuse death for the salvation of the world. Strengthen your people in faith, hope, and love to live the mystery of the cross into which we have been baptized, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

ON THIS DAY THE CHURCH RECALLS THE ENTRANCE OF CHRIST THE LORD INTO JERUSALLEM TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PASCAL MYSTERY.

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection, For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his RESURRECTION and in his life.

LET US PRAY:  Increase the faith of those who place their hope in you, O God, and graciously hear the prayers of those who call on you, that we, who today hold high these branches to hail Christ in his triumph, may bear fruit for you by good works accomplished in him. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!