Sunday, May 14, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
It is as the universal pastor of the Church that I would like to come before the Madonna and to offer her a bouquet of the most beautiful “blossoms” that Jesus has entrusted to my care (cf. Jn 21:15-17). By this I mean all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood, none excluded. That is why I need to have all of you join me there. I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my “golden rose”. With all of us forming “one heart and soul” (cf. Acts 4:32), I will then entrust you to Our Lady, asking her to whisper to each one of you: “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God” (Apparition of June, 1917).
Let us not forget that Jacinta and Francesco will be getting canonised while the pope is there as well.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Often this is associated with saccharine piety and imagines of a feminine Jesus holding a baby lamb. However the readings of the day are filled with powerful imagery!
Reading 2 1Peter 2:20-251 PT 2:20B-25Beloved:
If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten;
instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I cam across this article today, about Ravens and their relationship to the saints. It is a very interesting read that I highly recommend.
In pop culture, ravens are often associated with death or dark arts/supersition or witchcraft. However many people fail to realise how often they appear in the lives of saints and especially in the Bible.
For many new age people, the raven is often seen as a symbol of the Morrigan - an ancient Irish goddess of war and magic. However, in Christian literature going back to the prophet Elijah, ravens are associated with hermits, as well as a symbol of God's Providence as the above article outlines.
The author makes a great connection between the ravens as a symbol of God's Providence, and the need for Christian's to reclaim stewardship of Creation and integration with God's creation. In this sense, it could be read as a flow on from Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si.
May we all have a greater awareness of God's goodness and Providence in creation, and learn to adore him through his creation.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
. “Today the Lord said to me, ‘Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.’” (No. 1602)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
- Exsultet from the Easter Vigil
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “Godc has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant in war - he has defeated Satan and death, bringing us all to eternal Life. The Lamb that was slain now reigns in heaven on the throne of Grace.
He has risen as he said he would! Hallelujah!