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So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
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Posted on 02/26/2011 11:13:42 AM PST by Salvation

So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
 
The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for the celebration of the Resurrection and to strengthen ourselves in our beliefs for dealing with a hostile world. We accomplish that through prayer and penitence, almsgiving and self-denial/fasting.
 
In light of this purpose of Lent, SOME Catholic and Orthodox posters will absent themselves from FreeRepublic completely during Lent's forty days. 
 
(They will just silently disappear!)
 
Great Lent for Orthodox begins on March 7th.  Lent for Catholics begins on March 9th
 
The Lord's instructions for Lent from the Gospel of Matthew 6:1-18 (RSV)
 
Matthew 6
1 "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread;
12 And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors;
13 And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 
 


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For your prayer and contemplation during Lent/Great Lent.
1 posted on 02/26/2011 11:13:47 AM PST by Salvation
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To: All
This is a Catholic/Orthodox Caucus thread.


Guidelines for Catholic/Orthodox Caucus Threads


2 posted on 02/26/2011 11:14:41 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
 
 
Lenten Ping!
 

3 posted on 02/26/2011 11:17:03 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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This is a prayer, penance, fasting, almsgiving thread.

Please post those things pertaining to Lent and Great Lent.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 11:25:52 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; YellowRoseofTx; Rashputin; StayoutdaBushesWay; OldNewYork; MotherRedDog; sayuncledave; ..
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.


5 posted on 02/26/2011 11:26:24 AM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Kolokotronis

Ping to you for pinging your list.


6 posted on 02/26/2011 11:26:50 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
In light of this purpose of Lent, SOME Catholic and Orthodox posters will absent themselves from FreeRepublic completely during Lent's forty days.

7 posted on 02/26/2011 11:39:53 AM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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Silence is not a weakness, but a strength.
 
There are battles, and there are wars. Christ lost the battle on Good Friday, but won the war for us on Easter Sunday.
 
Remember the silence of our Lord in the face of his accusers. Recall that those who welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem, waving palms and olive branches, were shouting “crucify him” only five days later. It is not easy to apply Christ’s command to: “Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you”.

8 posted on 02/26/2011 11:40:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: narses; All
RSV

Matthew 4
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
3 And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."
4 But he answered, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you,' and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"
7 Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;
9 and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."
10 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! for it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

9 posted on 02/26/2011 11:46:31 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; kosta50; crazykatz; JosephW; lambo; MoJoWork_n; newberger; The_Reader_David; jb6; ...

Orthodox Great Lent ping. As you all know, tomorrow is the Sunday of the Last Judgment and after sundown, Cheesefare Week, the beginning of the fast from meat.

“Let us go before, O brethren, and cleanse ourselves for the Queen of virtues; for behold she hath come bringing to us fortune of good deeds, quenching the uprisings of passion and reconciling the wicked to the Master. Let us welcome her, therefore, shouting to Christ God, O thou who arose from the dead, keep us uncondemned, who glorify Thee, O Thou who alone art sinless.” Doxastikon of Matins, First Tone


10 posted on 02/26/2011 11:57:43 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: Salvation; NYer; Condor51
No less a painter than Pablo Picasso once said there was no greater subject in art than the crucifixion.

Salvador Dali painted Christ on the cross several times.
This is an unusual version. Appears to fuse the Crucifixion with the Resurrection.


11 posted on 02/26/2011 12:00:28 PM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Liz; annalex

I’ve never seen that one before.

Another one is looking vertically down at Christ’s head on the cross.

Calling the artist of our group!


12 posted on 02/26/2011 12:22:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
From the NAB:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”


13 posted on 02/26/2011 12:23:47 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Liz

A very interesting painting. It seems to me that the cross is now an altar table of sacrifice. Quite thought provoking. I also like the rock. The rock of Peter upon which Christ’s Church is built, in my opinion.


14 posted on 02/26/2011 12:30:35 PM PST by Melian ( See Matt 7: 21 and 1 John 2: 3-6)
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To: Salvation

Last year, the Lord nudged me to make a list of the people I hated and was holding grudges against. Then, to narrow it down to 5, and to pray for them daily, for my Lenten fast. It was a lovely Lent — one of the women, I found out about a week after I started, had been struggling with breast cancer. Another came up to me during that year;I mentioned that I had been praying for her. What do you know? She had been fighting a battle herself to watch her rude words, and was so touched that I had been praying.

It was a powerful fast.


15 posted on 02/26/2011 12:30:35 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Salvation

I received our Parish Lenten package in today’s mail. Our pastor starts the letter:

Dear Lenten Sojourner,

Lent invites us to journey. During its forty days Lent calls us to stay in another place. It calls us to a place of prayer, penance and almsgiving. We come to this place for a time in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for Easter.

He then suggests a number of way to allow the grace of Lent to grow in our mind and heart.

One way is a “Little Black Book” that we have been using for several years. The book asks you to give 6 minutes a day. The right hand page takes you through the Passion according to Matthew. The left hand page offers thoughts and quotes. I have found this book to be very helpful in preparing for Lent.

The book is offered by the diocese of Saginaw and more information can be found at www.littlebooks.org


16 posted on 02/26/2011 12:36:10 PM PST by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: rwa265

I have seen that book and actually posted from it many years ago.

This year I am looking forward to receiving our Magnificate reflection book. Should be superb!


17 posted on 02/26/2011 12:39:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kolokotronis

Exactly why I decided to post it today rather than waiting until next week as I had previously thought about.


18 posted on 02/26/2011 12:41:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oops

Magnificat


19 posted on 02/26/2011 1:13:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Let us ask our Lord to work in us and through us, and let us do our utmost to draw Him down into our hearts, for He Himself has said: “Without Me you can do nothing.”

— St. Madeleine Sophie Barat


20 posted on 02/26/2011 1:13:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Liz
I think the Dali is ethereal. So is this - even more so:


Christ Pantocrator at St Catherine's Monastery (Sinai-Egypt) - Lord protect it!

21 posted on 02/26/2011 2:16:21 PM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for this thread. What a blessed time of the year!!!


22 posted on 02/26/2011 2:24:07 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

Indeed!


23 posted on 02/26/2011 2:25:34 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Salvation

My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum,
et exsultávit spíritus meus
in Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátem
ancíllæ suæ.

Ecce enim ex hoc beátam
me dicent omnes generatiónes,
quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericórdia eius in progénies
et progénies timéntibus eum.
Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,
dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;
depósuit poténtes de sede
et exaltávit húmiles.
Esuriéntes implévit bonis
et dívites dimísit inánes.
Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum,
recordátus misericórdiæ,
sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,
Ábraham et sémini eius in sæcula.

Glória Patri et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculórum.

Amen.

She became the Mother of God, in which work so many and such great good things are bestowed on her as pass man’s understanding. For on this there follows all honor, all blessedness, and her unique place in the whole of mankind, among which she has no equal, namely, that she had a child by the Father in heaven, and such a Child . . . Hence men have crowded all her glory into a single word, calling her the Mother of God . . . None can say of her nor announce to her greater things, even though he had as many tongues as the earth possesses flowers and blades of grass: the sky, stars; and the sea, grains of sand. It needs to be pondered in the heart what it means to be the Mother of God.

(Commentary on the Magnificat, 1521; in Luther’s Works, Pelikan et al, vol. 21, 326)


24 posted on 02/26/2011 2:26:27 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Salvation; Liz; annalex
This is my favorite Dali ...


25 posted on 02/26/2011 4:57:11 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: bboop; Salvation
Then, to narrow it down to 5, and to pray for them daily, for my Lenten fast. It was a lovely Lent ..

The next step is to add them to your permanent prayer list :-) and then, grow it with new members this Lent. It brings such peace to heart and soul.

26 posted on 02/26/2011 5:02:22 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

I believe I have a small card of that painting.


27 posted on 02/26/2011 5:02:35 PM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: Salvation

I am one of those who plans to give up FR for Lent.


28 posted on 02/26/2011 7:17:10 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Salvation

Will be doing more in the way of prayer and Bible study.


29 posted on 02/26/2011 7:21:36 PM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: Bigg Red

:)


30 posted on 02/26/2011 7:22:05 PM PST by narses
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To: bboop

Wonderful idea. Thanks.


31 posted on 02/26/2011 7:56:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Thanks. So powerful, yet so helpless.


32 posted on 02/26/2011 7:57:59 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Meditations by Padre Pio

When you are exposed to any trial, be it physical or moral, bodily or spiritual, the best remedy is to think of Jesus who is our life and not to think of the trial without joining it to the thought of Jesus.



33 posted on 02/26/2011 9:13:33 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings


First reading Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10 ©
All wisdom is from the Lord,
  and it is his own for ever.
The sand of the sea and the raindrops,
  and the days of eternity, who can assess them?
The height of the sky and the breadth of the earth,
  and the depth of the abyss, who can probe them?
Before all other things wisdom was created,
  shrewd understanding is everlasting.
For whom has the root of wisdom ever been uncovered?
  Her resourceful ways, who knows them?
One only is wise, terrible indeed,
  seated on his throne, the Lord.
He himself has created her, looked on her and assessed her,
  and poured her out on all his works
to be with all mankind as his gift,
  and he conveyed her to those who love him.

34 posted on 02/26/2011 10:11:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Reading 1

Sir 4:11-19

Wisdom breathes life into her children
and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life;
those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.
He who holds her fast inherits glory;
wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One;
those who love her the LORD loves.
He who obeys her judges nations;
he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers.
If one trusts her, he will possess her;
his descendants too will inherit her.
She walks with him as a stranger
and at first she puts him to the test;
Fear and dread she brings upon him
and tries him with her discipline
until she try him by her laws and trust his soul.
Then she comes back to bring him happiness
and reveal her secrets to them
and she will heap upon him
treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice.
But if he fails her, she will abandon him
and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.


35 posted on 02/26/2011 10:13:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Sirach 5:1-8

Wealth and Presumption


[1] Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, “I have enough.” [2] Do not fol-
low your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart,
[3] Do not say, “Who will have power over me?” for the Lord will surely punish
you.

[4] Do not say, “I sinned, and what happened to me?” for the Lord is slow to an-
ger. [5] Do not be so confident of atonement that you add sin to sin. [6] Do not
say, “His mercy is great, he will forgive the multitude of my sins,” for both mercy
and wrath are with him, and his anger rests on sinners. [7] Do not delay to turn
to the Lord nor postpone it from day to day, for suddenly the wrath of the Lord
will go forth, and at the time of punishment you will perish.

Loyalty and Sincerity


[8] Do not depend on dishonest wealth, for it will not benefit you in the day of ca-
lamity.

36 posted on 02/26/2011 10:16:58 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Reading 1

Sir 6:5-17

A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,
and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.
Let your acquaintances be many,
but one in a thousand your confidant.
When you gain a friend, first test him,
and be not too ready to trust him.
For one sort is a friend when it suits him,
but he will not be with you in time of distress.
Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,
and tells of the quarrel to your shame.
Another is a friend, a boon companion,
who will not be with you when sorrow comes.
When things go well, he is your other self,
and lords it over your servants;
But if you are brought low, he turns against you
and avoids meeting you.
Keep away from your enemies;
be on your guard with your friends.
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.
A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy,
such as he who fears God finds;
For he who fears God behaves accordingly,
and his friend will be like himself.


37 posted on 02/26/2011 10:19:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Please find a presumption of justice or satisfaction. Liars are around me and I need truth.


38 posted on 02/26/2011 10:20:49 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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God and Man


[1] The Lord created man out of earth, and turned him back to it again. [2] He
gave to men few days, a limited time, but granted them authority over the things
upon the earth. [3] He endowed them with strength like his own, and made them
in his own image. [4] He placed the fear of them in all living beings, and granted
them dominion over beasts and birds. [6] He gave them ears and a mind for thin-
king. [7] He filled them with knowledge and understanding, and showed them
good and evil. [8] He set his eye upon their hearts to show them the majesty of
his works. [10] And they will praise his holy name, to proclaim the grandeur of
his works. [11] He bestowed knowledge upon them, and allotted to them the law
of life. [12] He established with them an eternal covenant, and showed them his
judgments. [13] Their eyes saw his glorious majesty, and their ears heard the
glory of his voice. [14] And he said to them, “Beware of all unrighteousness.”
[15] And he gave commandment to each of them concerning his neighbor.

The Divine Judge. A Call to Repentance


[15] Their ways are always before him, they will not be bid from his eyes.”

39 posted on 02/26/2011 10:22:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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RSV:

Matthew 5
38 "You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
43 "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

40 posted on 02/26/2011 10:25:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
To spend every waking moment trying to emulate Jesus.I know at the beginning that it is an impossible task, but I am going to try my darnedest to walk in his ways/
41 posted on 02/26/2011 10:36:16 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: Salvation

How many times have you posted just the right thing at just the right time?

I don’t know how you do it, but I do appreciate it.


42 posted on 02/27/2011 12:39:50 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc; Kolokotronis

Like I told Kolo above, I was going to post this thread later, but this morning decided to give it a go.

Holy Spirit, we thank you, someone needed these words today.


43 posted on 02/27/2011 12:43:17 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Liz
Speaking of crucifixions in modern art, here are two:



Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)

Salvador Dali

1954




Christ on the Cross

Georges Rouault

ca. 1920

44 posted on 02/27/2011 11:13:53 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: NYer; eleni121

Two more of the modern ones


45 posted on 02/27/2011 11:15:21 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex
Googling Crucifixion + modern art does not yield a whole lot. Perhaps, also:



Yellow Christ

Paul Gauguin
1889

46 posted on 02/27/2011 11:23:58 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex
I am awed by the Byzantine icons - as well as some modern--but I am SPELLBOUND by El Greco-- Doménikos Theotokópoulos' "Crucifixion" -Christ on the Cross - at the moment of expiration, with the Virgin and Saint John, and at the foot of the Cross, the Magdalene


Notice the languages

47 posted on 02/27/2011 12:25:50 PM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: eleni121; annalex

Why are all the corpi so sanitized. Wasn’t it Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich who said that Christ had over 5,000 wounds?


48 posted on 02/27/2011 4:48:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Reading 1

Sir 17:20-24

To the penitent God provides a way back,
he encourages those who are losing hope
and has chosen for them the lot of truth.
Return to him and give up sin,
pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.
Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,
hate intensely what he loathes,
and know the justice and judgments of God,
Stand firm in the way set before you,
in prayer to the Most High God.

Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High
in place of the living who offer their praise?
Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,
but offer your praise before death.
No more can the dead give praise
than those who have never lived;
You who are alive and well
shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.
How great the mercy of the LORD,
his forgiveness of those who return to him!


49 posted on 02/28/2011 7:27:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; kosta50; crazykatz; JosephW; lambo; MoJoWork_n; newberger; The_Reader_David; jb6; ...

An Orthodox prayer for enemies written by Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic:

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.

They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.

They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.

They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.

Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.

Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to You may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.

Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life.

Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.


50 posted on 02/28/2011 7:36:09 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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