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What a beautiful picture of the Holy Father, fist clasped as in capturing the very essence of his own spoken words. ¡Qué hermosa imagen del Santo Padre, puño apretó como en la captura de la esencia misma de sus propias palabras habladas.
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See, my servant will prosper, he shall be lifted up, exalted, rise to great heights. As the crowds were appalled on seeing him – so disfigured did he look that he seemed no longer human – so will the crowds be astonished at him, and kings stand speechless before him; for they shall see something never told and witness something never heard before: ‘Who could believe what we have heard, and to whom has the power of the Lord been revealed?’ Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground. Without beauty, without majesty we saw him, no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we, we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, and brought low. Yet he was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. On him lies a punishment that brings us peace, and through his wounds we are healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and the Lord burdened him with the sins of all of us. Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly, he never opened his mouth, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep that is dumb before its shearers never opening its mouth. By force and by law he was taken; would anyone plead his cause? Yes, he was torn away from the land of the living; for our faults struck down in death. They gave him a grave with the wicked, a tomb with the rich, though he had done no wrong and there had been no perjury in his mouth. The Lord has been pleased to crush him with suffering. If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life and through him what the Lord wishes will be done. His soul’s anguish over he shall see the light and be content. By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself. Hence I will grant whole hordes for his tribute, he shall divide the spoil with the mighty, for surrendering himself to death and letting himself be taken for a sinner, while he was bearing the faults of many and praying all the time for sinners.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 18, 2014
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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit organization which supports Catholic evangelical preaching. Led by Father Robert Barron to draw people into or back to the Catholic faith.
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Que Dios los Omnipotente Padre por medio de su hijo amado, nuestro Señor Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador, través del espíritu Santo, y con la intercesión de Nuestra Madre Celestial, María, San José y todos los Apóstoles y de los santos, nos preparan como nos elevamos nuestra oración voces en súplica para celebrar la canonización del beato Juan XXIII y el Beato Juan Pablo II. Que nuestras oraciones sean acogidas favorablemente. Amén.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 21, 2014
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Giovanni Ballini, Madonna and Child, 1485-1490 Oil on wood; 35 x 28 in. (88.9 x 71.1 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art New York The Madonna and Child or The Virgin and Child is often the name of a work of art which shows the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. The word Madonna means "My Lady" in Italian. Artworks of the Christ Child and his mother Mary are part of the Catholic tradition in many parts of the world including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, South America and the Philippines. Paintings known as icons are also an important tradition of the Orthodox Church and often show the Mary and the Christ Child. They are found particularly in Eastern Europe, Russia, Egypt, the Middle East and India.
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[Revelation 1] {1:1} The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, in order to make known to his servants the things that must soon occur, and which he signified by sending his Angel to his servant John; {1:2} he has offered testimony to the Word of God, and whatever he saw is the testimony of Jesus Christ. {1:3} Blessed is he who reads or hears the words of this Prophecy, and who keeps the things that have been written in it. For the time is near. {1:4} John, to the seven Churches, which are in Asia. Grace and peace to you, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are in the sight of his throne, {1:5} and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the leader over the kings of the earth, who has loved us and has washed us from our sins with his blood, {1:6} and who has made us into a kingdom and into priests for God and for his Father. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. {1:7} Behold, he arrives with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth shall lament for themselves over him. Even so. Amen. {1:8} “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 17, 2014
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Paul VI, Encyclical ‘Mysterium Fidei’ on the Mystery of the Eucharist The Mystery of Faith, that is, the ineffable gift of the Eucharist that the Catholic Church received from Christ, her Spouse, as a pledge of His immense love, is something that she has always devoutly guarded as her most precious treasure. […] By means of the Mystery of the Eucharist, the Sacrifice of the Cross which was once carried out on Calvary is re-enacted in wonderful fashion and is constantly recalled, and its salvific power is applied to the forgiving of the sins we commit each day. Just as Moses made the Old Testament sacred with the blood of calves, so too Christ the Lord took the New Testament, of which He is the Mediator, and made it sacred through His own blood, in instituting the mystery of the Eucharist. For, as the Evangelists narrate, at the Last Supper "he took bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body, given for you; do this for a commemoration of me. And so with the cup, when supper was ended, This cup, he said, is the new testament, in my Blood which is to be shed for you." And by bidding the Apostles to do this in memory of Him, He made clear that He wanted it to be forever repeated. […] [Christ] is present in the Church as she preaches, since the Gospel which she proclaims is the word of God, and it is only in the name of Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, and by His authority…that it is preached. […] Moreover, Christ is present in His Church in a still more sublime manner as she offers the Sacrifice of the Mass in His name; He is present in her as she administers the sacraments. […] This presence is…substantial and through it Christ becomes present whole and entire, God and man. […] Once the substance or nature of the bread and wine has been changed into the body and blood of Christ, nothing remains of the bread and the wine except for the species—beneath which Christ is present whole and entire in His physical "reality," corporeally present, although not in the manner in which bodies are in a place. This is why the Fathers felt they had a solemn duty to warn the faithful that, in reflecting upon this most sacred Sacrament, they should not pay attention to the senses, which report only the properties of bread and wine, but rather to the words of Christ, which have power great enough to change, transform, "transelementize" the bread and wine into His body and blood. As a matter of fact, as the same Fathers point out on more than one occasion, the power that does this is the same power of Almighty God that created the whole universe out of nothing at the beginning of time. May the most blessed Virgin Mary, from whom Christ the Lord took the flesh that "is contained, offered, received" in this Sacrament under the appearances of bread and wine… intercede with the Father of mercies so that this common belief in the Eucharist and devotion to it may give rise among all Christians to a perfect unity of communion that will continue to flourish.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 17, 2014
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May Almighty God the Father through his beloved son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, and through The Holy Spirit, with the intercession of Our Heavenly Mother, Mary, St Joseph and all the Apostles and Saints, prepare us as we prayerfully raise our voices in supplication to Celebrate the Canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. May our prayers be favorably received. Amen.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 21, 2014
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{50:4} The Lord has given me a learned tongue, so that I would know how to uphold with a word, one who has weakened. He rises in the morning, he rises to my ear in the morning, so that I may heed him like a teacher. {50:5} The Lord God has opened my ear. And I do not contradict him. I have not turned back. {50:6} I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me. {50:7} The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded. {50:8} He who justifies me is near. Who will speak against me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him approach me. {50:9} Behold, the Lord God is my helper. Who is the one who would condemn me? Behold, they will all be worn away like a garment; the moth will devour them.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 16, 2014
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[Isaiah 61] {61:1} The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the meek, so as to heal the contrite of heart, to preach leniency to captives and release to the confined, {61:2} and so to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vindication of our God: to console all who are mourning, {61:3} to take up the mourners of Zion and to give them a crown in place of ashes, an oil of joy in place of mourning, a cloak of praise in place of a spirit of grief. And there, they shall be called the strong ones of justice, the planting of the Lord, unto glorification. {61:4} And they will rebuild the deserted places of past ages, and they will raise up the ruins of antiquity, and they will repair the desolate cities, which had been dissipated for generation after generation. {61:5} And foreigners will stand up and will pasture your flocks. And the sons of sojourners will be your farmers and the workers of your vineyards. {61:6} But you yourselves will be called the priests of the Lord. It will be said to you, “You are the ministers of our God.” You will eat from the strength of the Gentiles, and you will pride yourself on their glory. {61:7} Instead of your double confusion and shame, they will praise their portion. Because of this, they will possess double in their land. Everlasting joy will be for them. {61:8} For I am the Lord, who loves judgment and who holds hatred for robbery within a burnt offering. And I will turn their work into truth, and I will forge a perpetual covenant with them. {61:9} And they will know their offspring among the nations, and their progeny in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them: that these are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed. {61:10} I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, and my soul will exult in my God. For he has clothed me with the vestments of salvation, and he has wrapped me in the clothing of justice, like a groom arrayed with a crown, and like a bride adorned with her jewels. {61:11} For as the earth brings forth its seedlings and the garden produces its seeds, so will the Lord God bring forth justice and praise in the sight of all the nations.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 17, 2014
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[John 8] {8:1} But Jesus continued on to the Mount of Olives. {8:2} And early in the morning, he went again to the temple; and all the people came to him. And sitting down, he taught them. {8:3} Now the scribes and Pharisees brought forward a woman caught in adultery, and they stood her in front of them. {8:4} And they said to him: “Teacher, this woman was just now caught in adultery. {8:5} And in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such a one. Therefore, what do you say?” {8:6} But they were saying this to test him, so that they might be able to accuse him. Then Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the earth. {8:7} And then, when they persevered in questioning him, he stood upright and said to them, “Let whoever is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.” {8:8} And bending down again, he wrote on the earth. {8:9} But upon hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, with the woman standing in front of him. {8:10} Then Jesus, raising himself up, said to her: “Woman, where are those who accused you? Has no one condemned you?” {8:11} And she said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said: “Neither will I condemn you. Go, and now do not choose to sin anymore.” {8:12} Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me does not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” {8:13} And so the Pharisees said to him, “You offer testimony about yourself; your testimony is not true.” {8:14} Jesus responded and said to them: “Even though I offer testimony about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going. {8:15} You judge according to the flesh. I do not judge anyone. {8:16} And when I do judge, my judgment is true. For I am not alone, but it is I and he who sent me: the Father. {8:17} And it is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. {8:18} I am one who offers testimony about myself, and the Father who sent me offers testimony about me.” {8:19} Therefore, they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered: “You know neither me, nor my Father. If you did know me, perhaps you would know my Father also.” {8:20} Jesus spoke these words at the treasury, while teaching in the temple. And no one apprehended him, because his hour had not yet come. {8:21} Therefore, Jesus again spoke to them: “I am going, and you shall seek me. And you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you are not able to go.” {8:22} And so the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself, for he said: ‘Where I am going, you are not able to go?’ ” {8:23} And he said to them: “You are from below. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. {8:24} Therefore, I said to you, that you will die in your sins. For if you will not believe that I am, you will die in your sin.” {8:25} And so they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them: “The Beginning, who is also speaking to you. {8:26} I have much to say about you and to judge. But he who sent me is true. And what I have heard from him, this I speak within the world.” {8:27} And they did not realize that he was calling God his Father. {8:28} And so Jesus said to them: “When you will have lifted up the Son of man, then you shall realize that I am, and that I do nothing of myself, but just as the Father has taught me, so do I speak. {8:29} And he who sent me is with me, and he has not abandoned me alone. For I always do what is pleasing to him.” {8:30} As he was speaking these things, many believed in him. {8:31} Therefore, Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him: “If you will abide in my word, you will truly be my disciples. {8:32} And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” {8:33} They answered him: “We are the offspring of Abraham, and we have never been a slave to anyone. How can you say, ‘You shall be set free?’ ” {8:34} Jesus answered them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. {8:35} Now the slave does not abide in the house for eternity. Yet the Son does abide in eternity. {8:36} Therefore, if the Son has set you free, then you will truly be free. {8:37} I know that you are sons of Abraham. But you are seeking to kill me, because my word has not taken hold in you. {8:38} I speak what I have seen with my Father. And you do what you have seen with your father.” {8:39} They responded and said to him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them: “If you are the sons of Abraham, then do the works of Abraham. {8:40} But now you are seeking to kill me, a man who has spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. {8:41} You do the works of your father.” Therefore, they said to him: “We were not born out of fornication. We have one father: God.” {8:42} Then Jesus said to them: “If God were your father, certainly you would love me. For I proceeded and came from God. For I did not come from myself, but he sent me. {8:43} Why do you not recognize my speech? It is because you are not able to hear my word. {8:44} You are of your father, the devil. And you will carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning. And he did not stand in the truth, because the truth is not in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks it from his own self. For he is a liar, and the father of lies. {8:45} But if I speak the truth, you do not believe me. {8:46} Which of you can convict me of sin? If I speak the truth to you, why do you not believe me? {8:47} Whoever is of God, hears the words of God. For this reason, you do not hear them: because you are not of God.” {8:48} Therefore, the Jews responded and said to him, “Are we not correct in saying that you are a Samaritan, and that you have a demon?” {8:49} Jesus responded: “I do not have a demon. But I honor my Father, and you have dishonored me. {8:50} But I am not seeking my own glory. There is One who seeks and judges. {8:51} Amen, amen, I say to you, if anyone will have kept my word, he will not see death for eternity.” {8:52} Therefore, the Jews said: “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham is dead, and the Prophets; and yet you say, ‘If anyone will have kept my word, he shall not taste death for eternity.’ {8:53} Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. So who do you make yourself to be?” {8:54} Jesus responded: “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me. And you say about him that he is your God. {8:55} And yet you have not known him. But I know him. And if I were to say that I do not know him, then I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and I keep his word. {8:56} Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see my day; he saw it and was glad.” {8:57} And so the Jews said to him, “You have not yet reached fifty years, and you have seen Abraham?” {8:58} Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.” {8:59} Therefore, they took up stones to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and he departed from the temple.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 8, 2014
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[Psalm 68] (69) {68:1} Unto the end. For those who will be changed: of David. {68:2} Save me, O God, for the waters have entered, even to my soul. {68:3} I have become stuck in a deep quagmire, and there is no firm footing. I have arrived at the height of the sea, and a tempest has overwhelmed me. {68:4} I have endured hardships, while crying out. My jaws have become hoarse; my eyes have failed. Meanwhile, I hope in my God. {68:5} Those who hate me without cause have been multiplied beyond the hairs of my head. My enemies, who persecuted me unjustly, have been strengthened. Then I was required to pay for what I did not take. {68:6} O God, you know my foolishness, and my offenses have not been hidden from you. {68:7} Let those who wait for you, O Lord, the Lord of hosts, not be shamed in me. Let those who seek you, O God of Israel, not be confounded over me. {68:8} For because of you, I have endured reproach; confusion has covered my face. {68:9} I have become a stranger to my brothers and a sojourner to the sons of my mother. {68:10} For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me. {68:11} And I covered my soul with fasting, and it has become a reproach to me. {68:12} And I put on a haircloth as my garment, and I became a parable to them. {68:13} Those who sat at the gate spoke against me, and those who drank wine made me their song. {68:14} But as for me, truly, my prayer is to you, O Lord. This time has pleased you well, O God. In the multitude of your mercy, in the truth of your salvation, hear me. {68:15} Rescue me from the quagmire, so that I may not become trapped. Free me from those who hate me and from deep waters. {68:16} Do not allow the tempest of water to submerge me, nor the deep to absorb me. And do not allow the well to close in on me. {68:17} Hear me, O Lord, for your mercy is kind. Look upon me, according to the fullness of your compassion. {68:18} And do not turn your face away from your servant, for I am in trouble: heed me quickly. {68:19} Attend to my soul, and free it. Rescue me, because of my enemies. {68:20} You know my reproach, and my confusion, and my reverence. {68:21} All those who trouble me are in your sight; my heart has anticipated reproach and misery. And I sought for one who might grieve together with me, but there was no one, and for one who might console me, and I found no one. {68:22} And they gave me gall for my food. And in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink. {68:23} Let their table be a snare before them, and a retribution, and a scandal. {68:24} Let their eyes be darkened, so that they may not see, and may their back always be crooked. {68:25} Pour out your indignation upon them, and may the fury of your anger take hold of them. {68:26} May their dwelling place be deserted, and may there be no one who dwells in their tabernacles. {68:27} For they persecuted whomever you struck. And they have added to the grief of my wounds. {68:28} Assign an iniquity upon their iniquity, and may they not enter into your justice. {68:29} Delete them from the Book of the Living, and let them not be written down with the just. {68:30} I am poor and sorrowful, but your salvation, O God, has taken me up. {68:31} I will praise the name of God with a canticle, and I will magnify him with praise. {68:32} And it will please God more than a new calf producing horns and hoofs. {68:33} Let the poor see and rejoice. Seek God, and your soul will live. {68:34} For the Lord has heard the poor, and he has not despised his prisoners. {68:35} Let the heavens and the earth praise him: the sea, and everything that crawls in it. {68:36} For God will save Zion, and the cities of Judah will be built up. And they will dwell there, and they will acquire it by inheritance. {68:37} And the offspring of his servants will possess it; and those who love his name will dwell in it.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 16, 2014
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There is something prophetic about this picture that makes it especially all the more enchanting. Ecumenism is a reality; a yearning that all true Christians are striving for. I pray that I may live to see this reality come to fruition.
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[Matthew 21] {21:1} And when they had drawn near to Jerusalem, and had arrived at Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, {21:2} saying to them: “Go into the town that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Release them, and lead them to me. {21:3} And if anyone will have said anything to you, say that the Lord has need of them. And he will promptly dismiss them.” {21:4} Now all this was done in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying, {21:5} “Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your king comes to you meekly, sitting on a donkey and on a colt, the son of one accustomed to the yoke.” {21:6} Then the disciples, going out, did just as Jesus instructed them. {21:7} And they brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their garments on them, and they helped him sit upon them. {21:8} Then a very numerous crowd spread their garments on the way. But others cut branches from the trees and scattered them on the way. {21:9} And the crowds that preceded him, and those that followed, cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” {21:10} And when he had entered into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” {21:11} But the people were saying, “This is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” {21:12} And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and he cast out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of the vendors of doves. {21:13} And he said to them: “It is written: ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer. But you have made it into a den of robbers.’ ” {21:14} And the blind and the lame drew near to him in the temple; and he healed them. {21:15} Then the leaders of the priests and the scribes became indignant, seeing the miracles that he wrought, and the children crying out in the temple, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” {21:16} And they said to him, “Do you hear what these ones are saying?” But Jesus said to them, “Certainly. Have you never read: For out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have perfected praise?” {21:17} And leaving them behind, he went out, beyond the city, into Bethania, and he lodged here. {21:18} Then, as he was returning to the city in the morning, he was hungry. {21:19} And seeing a certain fig tree beside the way, he approached it. And he found nothing on it, except only leaves. And he said to it, “May fruit never spring forth from you, for all time.” And immediately the fig tree was dried up. {21:20} And seeing this, the disciples wondered, saying, “How did it dry up so quickly?” {21:21} And Jesus responded to them by saying: “Amen I say to you, if you have faith and do not hesitate, not only shall you do this, concerning the fig tree, but even if you would say to this mountain, ‘Take and cast yourself into the sea,’ it shall be done. {21:22} And all things whatsoever that you shall ask for in prayer: believing, you shall receive.” {21:23} And when he had arrived at the temple, as he was teaching, the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people approached him, saying: “By what authority do you do these things? And who has given this authority to you?” {21:24} In response, Jesus said to them: “I also will question you with one word: if you tell me this, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. {21:25} The baptism of John, where was it from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” But they thought within themselves, saying: {21:26} “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we have the crowd to fear, for they all hold John to be a prophet.” {21:27} And so, they answered Jesus by saying, “We do not know.” So he also said to them: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. {21:28} But how does it seem to you? A certain man had two sons. And approaching the first, he said: ‘Son, go out today to work in my vineyard.’ {21:29} And responding, he said, ‘I am not willing.’ But afterwards, being moved by repentance, he went. {21:30} And approaching the other, he spoke similarly. And answering, he said, ‘I am going, lord.’ And he did not go. {21:31} Which of the two did the will of the father?” They said to him, “The first.” Jesus said to them: “Amen I say to you, that tax collectors and prostitutes shall precede you, into the kingdom of God. {21:32} For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. Yet even after seeing this, you did not repent, so as to believe him. {21:33} Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out to sojourn abroad. {21:34} Then, when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits. {21:35} And the farmers apprehended his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned yet another. {21:36} Again, he sent other servants, more than before; and they treated them similarly. {21:37} Then, at the very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere my son.’ {21:38} But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then we will have his inheritance.’ {21:39} And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard, and they killed him. {21:40} Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?” {21:41} They said to him, “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.” {21:42} Jesus said to them: “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’ {21:43} Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people who shall produce its fruits. {21:44} And whoever will have fallen on this stone shall be broken, yet truly, on whomever it shall fall, it will crush him.” {21:45} And when the leaders of the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. {21:46} And though they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 12, 2014
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Lets be proud Christians, proud of our Faith and Church. Display the image and reason for our faith to all humankind. We should be proud to wear and display our faith to the world. No more should we be told to hide our faith behind closed doors, to leave it behind when we're at work or socializing. We should be proud Christians, happy Christians, rejoicing in our faith, happy to share it with the curious and with our silent brothers and sisters in the hope that it will rekindle their lost love of Our Savior Jesus Christ and his Church. Thank you.
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[John 19] {19:1} Therefore, Pilate then took Jesus into custody and scourged him. {19:2} And the soldiers, plaiting a crown of thorns, imposed it on his head. And they put a purple garment around him. {19:3} And they were approaching him and saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly. {19:4} Then Pilate went outside again, and he said to them: “Behold, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may realize that I find no case against him.” {19:5} (Then Jesus went out, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he said to them, “Behold the man.” {19:6} Therefore, when the high priests and the attendants had seen him, they cried out, saying: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them: “Take him yourselves and crucify him. For I find no case against him.” {19:7} The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to the law, he ought to die, for he has made himself the Son of God.” {19:8} Therefore, when Pilate had heard this word, he was more fearful. {19:9} And he entered into the praetorium again. And he said to Jesus. “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no response. {19:10} Therefore, Pilate said to him: “Will you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to crucify you, and I have authority to release you?” {19:11} Jesus responded, “You would not have any authority over me, unless it were given to you from above. For this reason, he who has handed me over to you has the greater sin.” {19:12} And from then on, Pilate was seeking to release him. But the Jews were crying out, saying: “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar. For anyone who makes himself a king contradicts Caesar.” {19:13} Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus outside, and he sat down in the seat of judgment, in a place which is called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, it is called the Elevation. {19:14} Now it was the preparation day of the Passover, about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your king.” {19:15} But they were crying out: “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests responded, “We have no king except Caesar.” {19:16} Therefore, he then handed him over to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away. {19:17} And carrying his own cross, he went forth to the place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew it is called the Place of the Skull. {19:18} There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. {19:19} Then Pilate also wrote a title, and he set it above the cross. And it was written: JESUS THE NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS. {19:20} Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was close to the city. And it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. {19:21} Then the high priests of the Jews said to Pilate: Do not write, ‘King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’ {19:22} Pilate responded, “What I have written, I have written.” {19:23} Then the soldiers, when they had crucified him, took his garments, and they made four parts, one part to each soldier, and the tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven from above throughout the whole. {19:24} Then they said to one another, “Let us not cut it, but instead let us cast lots over it, to see whose it will be.” This was so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, saying: “They have distributed my garments among themselves, and for my vesture they have cast lots.” And indeed, the soldiers did these things. {19:25} And standing beside the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, and Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. {19:26} Therefore, when Jesus had seen his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” {19:27} Next, he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple accepted her as his own. {19:28} After this, Jesus knew that all had been accomplished, so in order that the Scripture might be completed, he said, “I thirst.” {19:29} And there was a container placed there, full of vinegar. Then, placing a sponge full of vinegar around hyssop, they brought it to his mouth. {19:30} Then Jesus, when he had received the vinegar, said: “It is consummated.” And bowing down his head, he surrendered his spirit. {19:31} Then the Jews, because it was the preparation day, so that the bodies would not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a great day), they petitioned Pilate in order that their legs might be broken, and they might be taken away. {19:32} Therefore, the soldiers approached, and, indeed, they broke the legs of the first one, and of the other who was crucified with him. {19:33} But after they had approached Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. {19:34} Instead, one of the soldiers opened his side with a lance, and immediately there went out blood and water. {19:35} And he who saw this has offered testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knows that he speaks the truth, so that you also may believe. {19:36} For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “You shall not break a bone of him.” {19:37} And again, another Scripture says: “They shall look upon him, whom they have pierced.” {19:38} Then, after these things, Joseph from Arimathea, (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews) petitioned Pilate so that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. Therefore, he went and took away the body of Jesus. {19:39} Now Nicodemus also arrived, (who had gone to Jesus at first by night) bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe, weighing about seventy pounds. {19:40} Therefore, they took the body of Jesus, and they bound it with linen cloths and the aromatic spices, just as it is the manner of the Jews to bury. {19:41} Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden there was a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid. {19:42} Therefore, because of the preparation day of the Jews, since the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus there.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 18, 2014
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Please take a moment of your time to study this extraordinary blogspot, original text in Spanish and translated into English: Por favor tome un momento de su tiempo para estudiar este blogspot extraordinaria, texto original en español y traducido al Inglés.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 8, 2014
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Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Lk 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus and has been attributed to Pope Innocent III (d. 1216), St. Bonaventure, or more commonly, Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306), who is considered by most to be the real author. The hymn is often associated with the Stations of the Cross. In 1727 it was prescribed as a Sequence for the Mass of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (September 15) where it is still used today. In addition to this Mass, the hymn is also used for the Office of the Readings, Lauds, and Vespers for this memorial. Stabat mater dolorosa juxta Crucem lacrimosa, dum pendebat Filius. Cuius animam gementem, contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius. O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta, mater Unigeniti! Quae mœrebat et dolebat, pia Mater, dum videbat nati pœnas inclyti. Quis est homo qui non fleret, matrem Christi si videret in tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari Christi Matrem contemplari dolentem *** Filio? Pro peccatis suæ gentis vidit Iesum in tormentis, et flagellis subditum. Vidit suum dulcem Natum moriendo desolatum, dum emisit spiritum. Eia, Mater, fons amoris me sentire vim doloris fac, ut tecum lugeam. Fac, ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam. Sancta Mater, istud agas, crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide. Tui Nati vulnerati, tam dignati pro me pati, pœnas mecum divide. Fac me tecum pie flere, crucifixo condolere, donec ego vixero. Juxta Crucem tecum stare, et me tibi sociare in planctu desidero. Virgo virginum præclara, mihi iam non sis amara, fac me tecum plangere. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem, passionis fac consortem, et plagas recolere. Fac me plagis vulnerari, fac me Cruce inebriari, et cruore Filii. Flammis ne urar succensus, per te, Virgo, sim defensus in die iudicii. Christe, *** sit hinc exire, da per Matrem me venire ad palmam victoriæ. Quando corpus morietur, fac, ut animæ donetur paradisi gloria. Amen. At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to her Son to the last. Through her heart, His sorrow sharing, all His bitter anguish bearing, now at length the sword has passed. O how sad and sore distressed was that Mother, highly blest, of the sole-begotten One. Christ above in torment hangs, she beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son. Is there one who would not weep, whelmed in miseries so deep, Christ's dear Mother to behold? Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother's pain untold? For the sins of His own nation, She saw Jesus wracked with torment, All with scourges rent: She beheld her tender Child, Saw Him hang in desolation, Till His spirit forth He sent. O thou Mother! fount of love! Touch my spirit from above, make my heart with thine accord: Make me feel as thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ my Lord. Holy Mother! pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew of my Savior crucified: Let me share with thee His pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died. Let me mingle tears with thee, mourning Him who mourned for me, all the days that I may live: By the Cross with thee to stay, there with thee to weep and pray, is all I ask of thee to give. Virgin of all virgins blest!, Listen to my fond request: let me share thy grief divine; Let me, to my latest breath, in my body bear the death of that dying Son of thine. Wounded with His every wound, steep my soul till it hath swooned, in His very Blood away; Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, lest in flames I burn and die, in His awful Judgment Day. Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence, be Thy Mother my defense, be Thy Cross my victory; While my body here decays, may my soul Thy goodness praise, Safe in Paradise with Thee.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith April 18, 2014
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O Saint Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of work, for those who want to earn their living or support their families. You who are the patron of workers; grant that unemployment may vanish from our ranks; that all those who are ready to work may put their strength and abilities in serving their fellowmen and earn a just salary. You are the patron of families; do not let those who have children to support and raise lack the necessary means. Have pity on our brothers and sisters held down in unemployment and poverty because of sickness or social disorders. Help our political leaders and captains of industry find new and just solutions. May each and every one have the joy of contributing, according to his abilities, to the common prosperity by an honorable livelihood. Grant that we may all share together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may help underprivileged countries. Amen.
Joseph An Oilithrigh onto Faith May 1, 2014
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, April 3. Over the years, she has also met many of his papal predecessors. The private audience with Pope Francis was the first meeting between the 87-year-old queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church. According to Vatican Radio, Thursday's audience marked the queen's seventh encounter with a pontiff and the fifth different pope she has met. Besides trips to Rome, she also welcomed Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, on their respective visits to Britain. Her first papal encounter was with Pope Pius in 1951, the year before she ascended the throne, the broadcaster said. Britain's ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, told Vatican Radio the Queen had decided to take advantage of the rescheduled trip to meet Pope Francis. "If you look back in terms of Queen Elizabeth's reign, it is extraordinary how far the relationship between Britain and the Holy See, and between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, has developed since 1952 when she became queen," he said. A key aspect of that has been her several encounters with different popes over the years, Baker said.
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