'I have greatly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." (Luke 22:15)

March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: Audacious Humility!

"Christ Jesus, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:6-11)

March 25, 2015

The Annunciation

"At the Annunciation Mary conceived the Son of God in the physical reality of His Body and Blood, thus anticipating within herself what to some degree happens sacramentally in every believer who receives, under the signs of bread and wine, the Lord's Body and Blood.

As a result, there is a profound analogy between the Fiat which Mary said in reply to the angel, and the Amen which every believer says when receiving the Body of the Lord. Mary was asked to believe that the One whom she conceived "through the Holy Spirit" was "the Son of God" (Lk 1:30-35).

In continuity with the Virgin's faith, in the Eucharistic mystery we are asked to believe that the same Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary, becomes present in His full humanity and divinity under the signs of bread and wine."

Saint John Paul II
Ecclesia de Eucharistia

March 22, 2015

The New Covenant...

"The days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah..." (Jeremiah 31:31)

"This cup is the new covenant in My Blood," says the Lord  "Drink from it, all of you." (Luke 22:20,
Matthew 26:27)

March 18, 2015

Early Church Father Wisdom

"Let us approach the celebration of the mysteries. This bread and this wine, so long as the prayers and supplications have not taken place, remain simply what they are. But after the great prayers and holy supplications have been sent forth, the Word comes down into the bread and wine- and thus is His Body confected."

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Sermon to the Newly Baptized
A.D. 373

March 15, 2015

March 2015 Newsletter

Enrich your Lenten journey!  Click here to learn about creeds, "wholiness", and the necessary practice of Penance in our March 2015 newsletter.  And be sure not to miss a special and somewhat surprising interview with the not-so-silent Saint Joseph about the fundamentals of faith.

March 12, 2015

The First Station....

Jesus is condemned by His own people, by the very ones He showered with His favors. He is condemned as a fomenter of rebellion, He Who is goodness itself; as a blasphemer, He Who is holiness itself; as one seeking power, He Who made Himself the least of all. He is condemned to die on the Cross like the lowest of slaves.

Jesus lovingly accepts this sentence of death: He came down to this earth in order to suffer and die and to teach us to do the same.

In the Holy Eucharist Jesus is again condemned to death: primarily in His graces, which are rejected; in His love, which is slighted; in His sacramental state, by the unbeliever who denies Him, by horrible sacrilege...

Jesus is more cruelly treated by bad Christians than by the Jews. In Jerusalem He was condemned only once, but in the Blessed Sacrament, He is condemned everyday and in thousands of places, and by an appalling number of unjust judges.

And yet Jesus allows Himself to be insulted, despised, condemned: He still continues His sacramental life in order to show us that His love for us is without condition or reserve, that it is greater than our ingratitude.

O Jesus, forgive, I beseech Thee, all sacrileges! Should I ever have committed any, I want to pass my life making reparation for them and loving and honoring Thee for them that despise Thee. Grant me the grace to die with Thee

from the "Stations of the Cross" by St. Peter Julian Eymard

March 7, 2015

The Hour is Now Here...

"Believe Me, woman, the hour is coming and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth." ( Jn 4:23-24)