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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 13, 2012]

    04/13/2012 4:40:56 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming "Cast your burden on the Lord . . ." —Psalm 55:22 We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to serve God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-12, Friday within the Octave of Easter

    04/12/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2012 Friday within the Octave of Easter Reading 1Acts 4:1-12 After the crippled man had been cured,while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,the priests, the captain of the temple guard,and the Sadducees confronted them,disturbed that they were teaching the peopleand proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.They laid hands on Peter and Johnand put them in custody until the next day,since it was already evening.But many of those who heard the word came to believeand the number of men grew to about five thousand. On the next day, their leaders, elders, and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/12/2012 4:50:24 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Keep Seeking Today's Scripture Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Is there something you are believing God for today? Does it seem like its taking a long time to come to pass? Be encouraged because the Bible says that through faith and patience you will inherit His promises! If youll stay in faith, if youll keep on seeking Him, it wont be long until you see that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 12, 2012]

    04/12/2012 4:48:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Dominion "Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . ." —Romans 6:9-11 Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-12-12, Thursday within the Octave of Easter

    04/11/2012 7:29:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2012 Thursday within the Octave of Easter Reading 1Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called "Solomon's Portico."When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,"You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over...
  • The Lord's Disciple...(servant Songs 8)

    Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mothers divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there...
  • That Strange Mass the Pope Doesn't Like

    04/11/2012 6:45:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 4/11/12 | Sandro Magister
    It is the Mass according to the rite of the Neocatechumenal Way. Benedict XVI has ordered the congregation for the doctrine of the faith to examine it thoroughly. Its condemnation appears to be sealedROME, April 11, 2012 With a letter written personally to Cardinal William J. Levada, Benedict XVI has ordered the congregation for the doctrine of the faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Masses are or are not in keeping with the liturgical teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. A "problem," in the pope's judgment, that is "of great urgency" for the whole Church. Benedict XVI has...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/11/2012 4:53:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Reward of Diligence Today's Scripture The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied Proverbs 13:4, RSV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God longs to pour out His favor and blessing on you. He has rewards, victory and promotion for you, but these things dont happen automatically. You have to do your part. You have to be diligent. First of all, you have to be diligent to seek His ways and follow His commands. Then you also have to be diligent with what you have in your handyour...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 11, 2012]

    04/11/2012 4:51:40 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Divinity "If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection . . ." —Romans 6:5 Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I can have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-12, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/10/2012 6:40:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2012 Wednesday within the Octave of Easter Reading 1Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o'clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every dayto beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, "Look at us."He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, "I have...
  • God's Servant tempted to Despair...(Servant Songs pt 7)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 10, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/10/2012 4:45:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    It Has a Great Reward Today's Scripture Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward (Hebrews 10:35, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like its taking a lot longer than you anticipated? Many times, people can miss Gods best simply because they give up before they see their due season come. Dont let that be you! Be encouraged today; your answer is closer than you think! If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 10, 2012]

    04/10/2012 4:44:13 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Decision About Sin ". . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin" —Romans 6:6 Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but crucified—just as...
  • Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday

    04/10/2012 1:48:29 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dmini 8 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday Anno Dmini 8 April 2012 Statio ad Sancta Maram Majorem ~ Station at Saint Mary Major Commemorating The Resurrection of Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ Color : Albus/White Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Resurrxi, et adhuc tecum sum, allelja: potusti super me manum tuam, allelja: mirbilis facta est scintia tua. Allelja, allelja..... ( I arose and am still with thee, alleluia: Thou hast laid Thy hand upon me, alleluia; Thy knowledge is become wonderful, alleluia, alleluia..... )...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-12, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/09/2012 8:28:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2012 Tuesday within the Octave of Easter Reading 1Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,"Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,"What are we to do, my brothers?"Peter said to them,"Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/09/2012 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He is a Rewarder Today's Scripture And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see God as a rewarder today? Notice this verse doesnt say that God rewards those who deserve it or have earned it. It doesnt say that God rewards those who act perfectly and never make mistakes. No, Gods blessing isnt based on our performance, its based on our faith our belief in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2012]

    04/09/2012 4:38:59 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? "After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . ." —Mark 16:12 Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God is not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-12, Monday within the Octave of Easter

    04/08/2012 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RAB ^ | 04-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 9, 2012 Monday within the Octave of Easter Reading 1Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:"You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. "You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless...
  • Mormons have sub-par Easter services [testimony from a Mormon]

    04/08/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 139 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday. I wont say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results. As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that Mormons have sub-par Easter services. Why is that?Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. SteveS noted that there were 0 references to Jesus entry into Jerusalem, no shout outs to Palm Sunday festivities celebrating Christ as Lord and Son of God. No hosannas shouted that day. Hardly any references at all to the upcoming Easter holy day....
  • He is Risen!

    04/08/2012 7:39:44 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 9 replies
    04-08-12 | Bill Randles
    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen...
  • Easter Interview: The Woman Who Was There

    04/08/2012 7:22:58 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 8, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Call me Mary -- not the one who bore Him, but she who was borne up by him, little did I know it at the time. And you? You say you're some sort of scribe. Lord knows there is always something to write about in Judaea.I do not mean to be inhospitable, young man. Blessed be he who comes, as they say. Recline. Rest yourself. Have you had something to eat, a glass of wine for your stomach's sake? You must wash your feet, change your sandals. For I know it is a long, dusty trip up here, and with...
  • He is Risen!

    04/08/2012 5:58:45 AM PDT · by impimp · 23 replies
    freerepublic ^ | 8 April 2012 | impimp
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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 8, 2012]

    04/08/2012 4:11:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Resurrection Destiny "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" —Luke 24:26 Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same relationship to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-08-12, The Resurrection of the Lord

    04/07/2012 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2012 The Resurrection of the LordThe Mass of Easter Sunday Reading 1Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:"You know what has happened all over Judea,beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached,how God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and power.He went about doing goodand healing all those oppressed by the devil,for God was with him.We are witnesses of all that he didboth in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be...
  • The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Patheos.com via TheDeaconsBench. ^ | Mar 15th, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! Mar 15th, 2011 by Deacon Greg Kandra With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation also known as The Exultet, a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, humbles earthly pride. It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic best approached with a strong heart and steeled nerves.(For those interested, theres an excellent downloadable version here that Ive used for the last three years.)My pal Elizabeth...
  • Faith is the true enlightenment, Pope says at Easter Vigil (1 American among those baptized)

    04/07/2012 4:00:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | April 7, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil Vatican City, Apr 7, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith, which reveals Gods light to humanity, is the "true enlightenment," Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed on April 7 as he celebrated Christs resurrection at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peters Basilica. Pope Benedict explained that the "enlightenment" of faith, unlike that of scientific rationalism, enables "Gods light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light."Below, the full text of Pope Benedict's homily during the Easter Vigil:Dear Brothers and Sisters,Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus...
  • THE EXULTET: Liturgical Treasure of the Easter Vigil

    04/07/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | April 6, 2012 | DR WILLIAM LUCKEY
    The Exultet is a very lengthy, yet beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ, resembling Haggadah, the great proclamation in the Jewish Pascal supper.The deacon singing the Exultet at Easter VigilThe Benedictine theologian of liturgy, Cyprian Vagaggini, points out that there are certain attitudes, surprisingly, within the church today, which have muddled the understanding of Easter. First, there is a positivist-historicist mentality which kind of tricked us into seeing the resurrection of Christ separately from his passion, and, then, his passion and death separately from his resurrection, and, both of these, separate from the sacraments. There is also a “juridic...
  • 2012 Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan

    04/07/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 7 April AD 2012 | ++Robert Duncan
    EASTER HOMILY Preached by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan at the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Vigil, in St. Peter's Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Easter Eve, 7th April, A.D.2012. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? [Mark 16:3] In the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Blessed and Praised forever: Amen. In all four gospels it is women who come first to the tomb. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us the purpose: to anoint Jesus'...
  • Who Has Believed Our Message?...Servant Songs pt 11

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)The fourth Servant Song opens with a paradox, for we are...
  • How Deep the Father's Love

    04/07/2012 8:23:06 AM PDT · by blue-duncan · 4 replies
    1995 | Stuart Townend
    How deep the Fathers love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure How great the pain of searing loss, The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the chosen One Bring many sons to glory Behold the Man upon a cross, My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished I will not...
  • Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales

    04/07/2012 5:41:33 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 2 replies
    Catholic Champion ^ | April 6, 2012 | Matthew Bellasario
    Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales But could God not have provided the world with a remedy other than that of His Son's death? Certainly, He could have done so, and by a thousand other means. Could He not have pardoned human nature with absolute power and pure mercy, not invoking justice or the intervention of any creature? Doubtless He could, and who would have dared to question or criticize Him? No one, for He is Sovereign Master and can do all He wills. Besides, if He had wanted some creature to undertake our redemption, could He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 7, 2012]

    04/07/2012 4:20:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Why We Lack Understanding "He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead" —Mark 9:9 As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you truly understand what He taught while here on earth. When you grow and develop the right condition inwardly, the words Jesus spoke become so clear that you are amazed you did not grasp them before. In fact, you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-12, Holy Saturday - Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

    04/06/2012 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 7, 2012 Holy Saturday - Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter Reading 1Gn 1:1; 2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."Thus evening came, and morning followed-the first day. Then God said,"Let there be a dome in the middle of the...
  • HE'S ALIVE!

    04/06/2012 8:15:19 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Don Francisco sung by Dolly Parton
    If you want a true blessing on this, the most sacred of days, listen to this rendition of He's Alive. The most amazing part of the production of this song was that it was performed Live on National T.V. in 1989 during the Country Music Awards and what a blessing it was (and is). Whatever happens to us as a Nation, we must remember that this is truly what it is all about. I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive and I'm Forgiven! (as I so desperately need His forgiveness)...
  • The Servant;Exalted and Disfigured...(Servant Songs pt 10)

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)Thus far the Songs of the Servant have described an individual whom God holds forth as the answer to the idolatrous worlds sad predicament. He...
  • Austrian woman who wants to celebrate Mass this Easter- full interview now published

    04/06/2012 11:39:48 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    Delicts include the desecration of the confessional and sexual abuse of people in confession. When I think we are grouped with the abusers, I wonder how much all of this is upside down. They say we seek to fit ourselves into a role we are not entitled to. We say: the question is whether the clergy are not being presumptious when they take the distribution of the Sacrament on themselves. In addition, we will soon no longer have enough clerics. At that stage, we will have had to have thought about how we should deal with the problem. derStandard.at: The...
  • Good Friday homily of Fr Raniero Cantalamessa (at the Vatican)

    04/06/2012 11:24:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | April 6, 2012
    Below, please find the full text of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, Preacher of the Papal Household, delivered Good Friday, April 6th, 2012, in St. Peter's Basilica, during the Passion liturgy.****************************Father Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap“I DIED, AND BEHOLD I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE”(Revelation 1:18)Homily of Good Friday 2012 in Saint Peter’s BasilicaSome ancient Fathers of the Church enclosed in an image the whole mystery of the redemption. Imagine, they said, that an epic fight took place in the stadium. A courageous man confronted a cruel tyrant who had the city enslaved and, with enormous effort and suffering, defeated him. You were...
  • IN PASSIONE ET MORTI DOMINI ~ THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR JESUS THE CHRIST

    04/06/2012 10:57:50 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dmini 6 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    IN PASSIONE ET MORTI DOMINI ~ The Passion and Death of Christ Jesus Statio ad S. Crucem in Ierusalem ~ Station at Holy Cross in Jerusalem Color: Nigrum ~ Black Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance 6 April 2012 Anno Dmini D uring the late Middle Ages, when heathen muslim occupation of the Holy Land prevented devout pilgrims from visiting Christianity's Most Sacred Sites, the faithful made replicas of those Holy Sites in Western and Eastern Europe, where they would come to pray.Roman Catholics sought greater detail about the Passion of the Lord, beyond...
  • Good Friday - The Reproaches - Veneration of the Cross

    04/06/2012 10:57:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 6, 2012
    The Reproaches (Improperia) Since this is a day of mourning, remembering Christ's death, Good Friday is not typically a day of songs and hymns. During the Veneration of the Cross, the following Antiphon and verses known as "The Reproaches" (Improperia) are sung. Individual parts are indicated by no. 1 (first choir) and no. 2 (second choir); parts sung by both choirs together are indicated by nos. 1 and 2. Directions The Reproaches (Improperia) Antiphon 1 and 2: We worship you, Lord, we venerate your cross, we praise your resurrection. 1: Through the cross you brought joy to the world....
  • The Embodiment Of Israel...(Servant Songs 6)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/06/2012 7:26:13 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    The Sacrament of the Eucharist Transcript of a taped address by Dr. Scott Hahn, former Presbyterian minister and Professor of Theology at The Fransiscan University of Steubenville The original tape was distributed by Catholic Answers. I'd like to cover a lot, and I'd like to tell you in advance what I'm going to tell you. I'd like to move from one to another to a third area. The first area I'd like to focus on is how it is that Christ in the Last Supper and in the Eucharist offers himself up as the New Covenant Passover, and how the...
  • The Last Supper and the Forgiveness of Sins

    04/06/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 5, 2012 | Michael Barber
    "The Last Supper is what transforms Jesus' execution into a sacrifice." So Scott Hahn frequently tells audiences. He is right of course. As he frequently observes, no one standing at the foot of the cross would have described what was going on as a sacrificial offering. They would have described it as an execution. What reveals the true meaning of Jesus' death? The Last Supper. In light of that, here I want to revisit a topic I've looked at before, namely, the imagery of "atonement" at the Last Supper. As Jesus makes clear--in multiple ways, in fact!--his death is what...
  • He Took Our Place: Identity Theft: Recovering Who You Are, Part I [Jesus made to be sin & a curse]

    04/06/2012 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Lakeshore Church.org ^ | April 2, 2010 | Pastor Vince DiPaola
    "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made the right with God through Christ."(2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT) How Good Friday Can Transform our Personal Identity1) Jesus lived ___SINLESSLY___: He is the only One who could possibly pay for sin with His life."(God) made Him who knew no sin..." (2 Cor. 5:21a, NASB) 2) Jesus died ___INTENTIONALLY___: He both became sin and took our sin on the cross."...to be sin on our behalf." (2 Corinthians 5:21b, NASB) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/06/2012 4:44:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Resurrection Power at Work Today's Scripture "He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen" (Matthew 28:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power to every area of your life, today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but it looks like it's...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 6, 2012]

    04/06/2012 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Collision of God and Sin ". . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Readings, 04-06-12, Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

    04/05/2012 8:44:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 67 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 6, 2012 Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord Reading 1Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • The Preparation of the LORD's Servant...(Servant Songs pt 5)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba

    04/05/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 4, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba "When God is excluded, the world becomes a place inhospitable to man" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. He offered a review of his recent apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba, as well as giving a reflection on the Sacred Triduum. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The emotions evoked within me during my recent Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba are still alive, and today I wish to focus upon...
  • Let Easter Triduum transform you, Pope tells faithful

    04/05/2012 5:29:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 4, 2012 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, Apr 4, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the final few days of Holy Week, Catholics should recognize that Christs love for them is shown by the total gift of himself on the cross, said Pope Benedict XVI. Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the Paschal Triduum intensely, and I wish you all a Holy Easter! the Pope said on April 4. The Pope made his remarks to over 11,000 pilgrims who were...