A NEW START TO A NEW LIFE

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “PEACE BE WITH YOU.”  John 20:19

Here is a goal to strive for in our effort to make the Peace Prayer our own: learn to greet others always and everywhere in the same spirit that the risen Christ greeted his disciples after the resurrection.

Remember the scene. The disciples are huddled together in a locked room after the darkest days of Jesus’ passion, crucifixion and death. In addition to being fearful, confused and despairing, they are probably not a little guilt-ridden for having abandoned him.  They were probably expecting at least some mild rebuke from him.  And they might even have felt a little better on a purely human level if he had rebuked them.

Instead, Jesus greets them with, “Peace be with you,’ How forgiving, loving and liberating-how startling-such a greeting must have been to them.  Not a word about the recent bitter past. No chiding, no sarcastic comments, no recriminations.  No taunting reminders of how they were fair-weather friends who turned tail and ran. Bygones, it seems aren’t even worth mentioning by the risen Jesus. We’re starting all over here with the help of the Holy Spirit, he seems to be saying. Peace, that’s what’s in our future.

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

MY PASTOR’S EASTER MESSAGE:

“The Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity. “These were the words of Pope Francis at last year’s Easter Virgil. He continued to say: “Let us go, then. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by this new dawn and by the newness that Christ alone can give. May we allow his tenderness and his love to guide our steps. May we allow the beating of his heart to quicken our fairness of heart”

We are hopeful people, we are people who like to dream of things that could be, and we are people of pride and dignity! Jesus rising from the dead, should give us the hope, dreams and dignity which are fabrics of our faith life.  Let us rejoice and be glad, for this is the day the Lord has made! ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

REMEMBER:  CATHOLICS ARE UNIQUELY AN EASTER PEOPLE. by Deacon Dave

Through this Easter, and the accompanying Easter season of 50 days, we celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our faith tells us that his celebration never never ends.  All we need to do is remember all that the mass teaches us, all it has done for us, and all that it accomplishes in us.  We unite ourselves to Christ in His suffering, attaching all of ours to His, and lifting it up to the Father.  All done at every mass.  Finally, we become One with Him as we take Him in-body, blood, soul, divinity. His very cells and DNA all com-mingled with ours.  All at every mass. That is why nothing else pre-empts the Sunday mass.  It is also why the Sunday obligation is of primary importance for Catholics.

At mass, we walk the stations, see the stone roled away, and witness to His glorious resurrection by sharing the greatest meal on earth with Him. Why do we do all this?

BECAUSE GOD LOVED US SO MUCH HE MADE US ONCE AND ALWAYS-AN EASTER PEOPLE.

 

 

 

NO INSTANT SOLUTIONS, CONT’D

I gave you the Peace Prayer the other day. Today we will start talking about how to pray it and use it for the good our ourselves, our neighbors and our Country.

We are asking for a great spiritual gift in the Peace Prayer. We are asking to live a life of gospel holiness, deep faith, compelling hop and self-giving love. We are asking to serve God and our brother and sisters. We are asking to be disciples.

Do we really want to pray such a prayer? Many of us are like the young Augustine: he was moved to ask God to make him chase and holy–but not just yet! Perhaps it would be more realistic to lower our goals this Lent and ask to be faithful in, say, the Ten Commandments rather then aspiring to become a self-giving instrument of God’s peace.

No, the reach of our prayers must exceed the grasp. There may be times when we don’t feel like praying a prayer that seems to put us on the spot as this one does. Yet we realize that we are called anew each day to live the gospel. We realize also that our responses of faith, ultimately are based on our will rather than on our feelings. We choose this, knowing full well that we may not be ready to choose it with our whole heart and soul. If we pray only when our faint heart conforms to all the aspirations of our prayer, how much praying would we do?

This Lent, let us humbly accept that, in our frailty, our prayer isn’t always as wholehearted as we’d like, and that, even on our best days, our weak wills may seem to be hedging.

So, folks, do we start praying and acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer? Do we start to change this Country, do we ask our teachers and our children to start acting the St. Francis Peace Prayer?  Do we start to being love, honesty, respect and hope back to this Country and our children? Do we do what really needs to be done to stop violence everywhere?

PRAYER;  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy.

Give and show love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy to the people around you today. If you are a teacher, please start with your family then the children at school. God bless you all.

 

THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST

HE IS RISEN…it’s been 40 days, it is now ASCENSION THURSDAY: now Jesus ascends into Heaven.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: BY: BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

What has been now said about the Ascension of our Lord comes to this: that we are in a world of mystery, with one bright light before us, sufficient for our proceeding forward through all difficulties. Take away this light and we are utterly wretched–we know not where we are, how we are sustained, what will become of us, why we are in being. But with it we have all and abound.

Not to mention the duty and wisdom of implicit faith in the love of him who made and redeemed us, what is the generosity of heart which risks everything on God’s Word, dares the powers of evil to their worst efforts, and repels the illusions of sense and the artifices of reason, by confidence in the Truth of him who has ascended to the right hand of the Majesty on high?

What infinite mercy it is in him, that he allows sinners, such as we are, the privilege of acting the part of heroes rather than of penitents? who are we that we should be able and have opportunity to offer so willingly after this sort? Blessed, surely thrice blessed, are they who have not seen, and yet have believed! We will not wish for sight; we will enjoy our privilege; we will triumph in the leave given us to go forward, not knowing whither we go, knowing that this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. It is enough that our Redeemer lives; that he has been on earth and will come again. On him we venture our all, we can bear thankfully to put ourselves into his hands, our interests present and eternal, and the interests of all we love. CHRIST HAS DIES, YEA RATHER IS RISEN AGAIN, WHO IS EVEN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, WHO ALSO MAKES INTERCESSION FOR US. Who shall separate us from his love? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? NAY, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.

(Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, “I am going away and I will come back to you.” If you loved me you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.   (John 14: 27-28)

 

 

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

 

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 that 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)