Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

Bishop’s letter on ‘language of love’ finds global audience

Lincoln, Neb., Jun 25, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nebraska Bishop James D. Conley’s pastoral letter “The Language of Love” has had an international impact in the first three months since it was published.

“Sacrifice is…

Restoring Sacred Architecture to a Higher Plane

By TRENT BEATTIE | In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the gathered local community was often pointed to as the new focal point of worship, while Jesus Christ was literally set aside.

According to the General Instruction of the…

Catholic site aims to engage through beauty, accessibility

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The U.K.-based Faith movement has just launched a new interactive website aimed at giving Catholics the tools for evangelization in an accessible, attractive format.

“What the Faith movement does well is allow you to see the coherence of the Catholic faith,” said Middlesbrough seminarian Ryan Day, who helped with the development of the site.

“The great value of this new website is that it offers a way to explain, in an every day synthetic way, how the truths of the faith and the Catholic Church fit together,” he told CNA on June 22.

The site contains videos, articles, blog posts, and free pamphlets for download that respond to common ‘big questions’ such as “Why God?”, “Why Jesus Christ?”, and “Why the Church?”

Day, age 29, noted, “we are an aesthetic generation. People are interested in the packaging of a message as much as they are interested in the content.”

Its creators hope the site will be a user-friendly resource for young Catholics and others looking for deeper answers to questions about their faith.

Thirty-one year-old seminarian Matthew O’Gorman, studying for the priesthood with the diocese of Southwark, said, “given it’s available on your tablet or smartphone, it’s like having a little Saint Paul in your palm. It’s what young people need and it’ll help them realize that Jesus Christ and his Church is what they’re looking for in their hearts.”

“The website will really help when friends ask, ‘why do you go to Church on Sunday?’ so that you can now give really good reasons,” said 21-year old Vanessa Reith, a student at the University of Edinburgh who also helped shape the site.

“I find Faith is a place I can ask questions and not be frustrated by the answer. There’s no fear of the truth and that’s attractive.”

The Faith movement, which holds conferences, symposia, and evenings of reflection, as well as publishing a magazine, was founded in 1972. Its goal is “to offer the Church and the world a new insight into the Catholic faith based upon a synthesis of contemporary science and divine revelation.”  

“Without the Faith Movement I wouldn’t be in seminary. When I was fourteen I needed to be convinced before being converted and that is exactly what Faith does. They give a clear message about how believing in God makes sense: it’s not crazy being Catholic,” O’Gorman remarked.

O’Gorman and Day are only two of the many young men who became involved with the Faith movement at a young age and have since gone on to discernment of a priestly vocation.

Day credits the large numbers of religious vocations to the Faith Movement’s “synthetic, Christ-centered theology.”

“It’s hard to hear about Christ as the answer to the deepest questions of mankind and the source of all our healing and all our joy and our final end, and the Church as the continuation of Christ’s mission on earth and not see the priesthood as absolutely essential in the Christian life,” he explained.

“The vision of the priesthood that comes with that kind of Christ-centered theology really encourages young men like myself to ask seriously that question: am I being called to play my part in the Lord’s work as another Christ for his people?”

Dominic Findlay-Wilson, studying for the priesthood with the diocese of Clifton, said the Faith movement was “instrumental in me discerning my vocation. It seemed to present such a sound and all encompassing vision of my faith.”

Findlay-Wilson began attending the Faith summer sessions almost 20 years ago. He recalled that he was “attracted by the enthusiasm and the joy that the priests had as well as the sound teaching they gave. It seemed to me that they gave concrete answers to many questions I had concerning my faith.”

“In all my years of attending conferences I have never seen a question that hasn’t been answered yet!” he remarked.

The new website aims to offer those answers in a more modern venue.

“The website really gives you a sense of what it is like at the conferences,” explained Day. “You can see young people who are happy, who are engaged with their faith.”

On the site, “you can find a coherent apologetic vision in which the truths of the faith – from why God exists to why there is a Church – come together perfectly, on an everyday level of explanation.”

The site can be found at: faith.org.uk

Mt 7:1-5 Measuring Sticks

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time(Click here for readings)Jesus said to his disciples: ”Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out …

Jn 6:51-58 The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ(Click here for readings)Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life …

Pope slams mafia as ‘adorers of evil’

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 11:03 am (CNA).- In his homily at the Saturday evening vigil mass during his day trip to Italy’s southern Calabria region, Pope Francis denounced the dishonesty and violence perpetrated by members of the local mafia.

Each One Of Us Is Part Of The Answer

As we approach Holy Mass (and indeed the Church and all of her Sacraments), each of us does so in different ways. Hopefully we share the same agenda and expectations, but to be realistic we are here with differing views as to what we are doing. Each of us comes bearing our own personal histories, […]

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Francis’ Message for 88th World Mission Day

Here is the text of Pope Francis’ message for the 88th World Mission Day, which this year will take place on October 19. * * *
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission a…

New evangelization must zero-in on poverty, lawyer says

New Orleans, La., Jun 12, 2014 / 06:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The call of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis to connect the issues of poverty and the new evangelization has come not a moment too soon, George Mason law professor Helen Alvare told the U.S. bishops June 12.

Speaking at the U.S. bishops’ Spring General Assembly in New Orleans, Alvare presented three themes which the last two Bishops of Rome have proposed in linking service to the poor with the new evangelization.

The first was an “exhortation to integrate our services to the poor with an introduction to the person of Christ,” who “placed himself in circumstances of profound condescension,” in humility, poverty, and in his crucifixion.

Alvare noted that in the mind of Pope Francis, this has to be done through both “style and tone, words and gestures … we need to convey physically as well as verbally, humility, tenderness, and the warmth of the love of Christ.”

She added that as part of this, the Church’s organizational structures and procedures should harmonize with the call to poverty and evangelization: “prioritize introducing people to the one who loves them, not the care and feeding of bureaucracy … there should be a simplicity about our endeavors that allows others to see that our wealth is God, and nothing else.”

Alvare’s second theme was a great attention to those on the peripheries, saying the poor are “often socially invisible, and may be often outside the organized structures of our own Church.” She went on to note that there are spiritual and moral poverties, as well as material, and that all of these “must provoke the particular offer of Jesus Christ.”

The final theme, she said, is to remember what the poor have to offer: “the possibility of finding joy in life that is not calibrated to possessions or pleasure.”

The law professor then presented possible ways of implementing these themes, including introducing Christ to the poor by name, and sharing Christ and his meaning through “images that can act as a bridge.”

She suggested that “a whole body of literature exists doing this,” noting such works as “Atchison Blue”, “Cloister Walk”, and “Christianity Rediscovered”, which recount the effect that encountering Catholics living out their faith has had on secular persons..

Alvare’s third means for enacting the link between poverty and the new evangelization was the example of religious “working and living in ways that provoke conversations” about Christ. She gave the example of Sr. Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who recently won The Voice Italy, who led her coach J-Az to say that “the light in her eyes makes me especially curious.”

The final means suggested by Alvare was the use of religious symbols such as the crucifix and religious garb; and choices of venue, citing the recent Mass for migrants said on the US-Mexico border, and the importance of the internet and social media.

Concerns Alvare raised around the adoption of these measures included the potential for reluctance, and a lack of trust: “will we run afoul of laws, will we lose government funding … will we be less respected” by charities with which we partner, and organizations involved in accreditation and evaluation?

She also noted concerns including the audience of the Church’s charity becoming less involved with organized religion; practical difficulties of material destitution, sacrifice of social status and lack of free time, along with a preoccupation of the state, interest groups, and cultural institutions with “sexual expression divorced from children” as a “necessary condition for health” and well-being.

However, Alvare said, the fact “that the world’s wisdom on the imperative of sexual expression is on a collision course with Pope Francis’ wisdom on the necessity and content of our charity, provides us the opportunity to transcend the ignoring or misunderstanding of our anthropology.”

She also noted the measures allow the unpredictable, unruly freedom of God’s word to be unleashed; the potential for the conversion of those performing works of charity; and she expected that with time it will become evident to legislators the “integrated religious nature of our institutions.”

Following her presentation, she responded to the questions of some of the bishops, noting that it will likely become increasingly difficult to partner with the state in offering charitable services, but saying that in response to this, the Church should lobby legislators and regulators, and demonstrate that such partnerships are for the common good and have grassroots support.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit asked in what ways the bishops themselves are called to convert, or what they are to let go off, according to Alvare’s vision, and she responded that foremost is the “power of personal interaction.”

Even though it seems like there is no time to devote to this, she urged its importance and how she has seen that there are “things nobody can substitute for but a priest or a sister.”

“It’s very difficult to give time, but I don’t see any solution but personal interaction. The Gospel has to be communicated in a love relationship, and that takes some personal time.”

Bishop James Wall of Gallup, itself a poor, mission diocese, spoke to CNA following Alvare’s talk, saying the type of poverty which most struck him during her discussion was moral poverty.

“And in the Scriptures we see that the answer or the solution, the remedy to that; we see that in the woman at the well, as she encounters Jesus Christ, her life is changed – she goes away and becomes a powerful evangelizer. So I would say, as we look at the whole aspect of moral poverty, the remedy or the answer is always Christ.”

Bishop Wall went on to say that he particularly liked Alvare’s discussion “about the language or images to engage our society, and two things came to mind: the renewed interest in C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, through the Chronicles (of Narnia) and through The Lord of the Rings; and the other is, what I would hope would be a renewed interest in Flannery O’Connor and her writings, because in all three of those, they’re drawing people in, and inviting them through beauty; beauty and liturgy, which provide for an opportunity to encounter Christ.”
 

Jun 10, Office of Readings for Tuesday of the 10th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 651
Proper of Seasons: 326
Psalter: Tuesday, Week II, 869

Christian Prayer:
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Office of Readings for Tuesday in Ordinary Time

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!
Behold, the King of Glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Savior of the world is here.

O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ as Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

Thou gentle Savior and our might
Our hearts to thee we open wide
May all thy people’s presence feel,
To all thy grace and love reveal.

“Lift up your heads ye mighty gates” by Gloucester Cathedral Choir; Words: George Weissel, 1642. Music: Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Surrender to God, and he will do everything for you.

Psalm 37
The lot of the wicked and the good

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

I

Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not envy those who do evil:
for they wither quickly like grass
and fade like the green of the fields.

If you trust in the Lord and do good,
then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord,
he will grant your heart’s desire.

Commit your life to the Lord,
trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
your cause like the noon-day sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;
do not fret at the man who prospers;
a man who makes evil plots
to bring down the needy and the poor.

Calm your anger and forget your rage;
do not fret, it only leads to evil.
For those who do evil shall perish;
the patient shall inherit the land.

A little longer – and the wicked shall have gone.
Look at his place, he is not there.
But the humble shall own the land
and enjoy the fullness of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Surrender to God, and he will do everything for you.

Ant. 2 Turn away from evil, learn to do God’s will; the Lord will strengthen you if you obey him.

II

The wicked man plots against the just
and gnashes his teeth against him;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked
for he sees that his day is at hand.

The sword of the wicked is drawn,
his bow is bent to slaughter the upright.
Their sword shall pierce their own hearts
and their bows shall be broken to pieces.

The just man’s few possessions
are better than the wicked man’s wealth;
for the power of the wicked shall be broken
and the Lord will support the just.

He protects the lives of the upright,
their heritage will last for ever.
They shall not be put to shame in evil days,
in time of famine their food shall not fail.

But the wicked shall perish
and all the enemies of the Lord.
They are like the beauty of the meadows,
they shall vanish, they shall vanish like smoke.

The wicked man borrows without repaying,
but the just man is generous and gives.
Those blessed by the Lord shall own the land,
but those he has cursed shall be destroyed.

The Lord guides the steps of a man
and makes safe the path of the one he loves.
Though he stumble he shall never fall
for the Lord holds him by the hand.

I was young and now I am old,
but I have never seen the just man forsaken
nor his children begging for bread.
All the day he is generous and lends
and his children become a blessing.

Then turn away from evil and do good
and you shall have a home for ever;
for the Lord loves justice
and will never forsake his friends.

The unjust shall be wiped out for ever
and the children of the wicked destroyed.
The just shall inherit the land;
there they shall live forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Turn away from evil, learn to do God’s will; the Lord will strengthen you if you obey him.

Ant. 3 Wait for the Lord to lead, then follow in his way.

III

The just man’s mouth utters wisdom
and his lips speak what is right;
the law of his God is in his heart,
his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

The wicked man watches for the just
and seeks occasion to kill him.
The Lord will not leave him in his power
nor let him be condemned when he is judged.

Then wait for the Lord, keep to his way.
It is he who will free you from the wicked,
raise you up to possess the land
and see the wicked destroyed.

I have seen the wicked triumphant,
towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
I passed by again; he was gone.
I searched; he was nowhere to be found.

See the just man, mark the upright,
for the peaceful man a future lies in store,
but sinners shall all be destroyed.
No future lies in store for the wicked.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord,
their stronghold in time of distress.
The Lord helps them and delivers them
and saves them: for their refuge is in him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

You proclaimed the poor to be blessed, Lord Jesus, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them. Fill us generously with your gifts. Teach us to put our trust in the Father and to seek his kingdom first of all rather than imitate the powerful and envy the rich.

Ant. Wait for the Lord to lead, then follow in his way.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Teach me goodness and holy wisdom.
For I have put my trust in your guidance.

READINGS

First reading
The beginning of the book of Joshua
2:1-24
Through faith Rahab, the prostitute, welcomed the spies with kindness

Joshua, son of Nun, secretly sent out two spies from Shittim, saying, “Go, reconnoiter the land and Jericho.” When the two reached Jericho, they went into the house of a harlot named Rahab, where they lodged. But a report was brought to the king of Jericho that some Israelites had come there that night to spy out the land. So the king of Jericho sent Rahab the order, “Put out the visitors who have entered your house, for they have come to spy out the entire land.”

The woman had taken the two men and hidden them, so she said, “True, the men you speak of came to me, but I did not know where they came from. At dark, when it was time for the gate to be shut, they left, and I do not know where they went. You will have to pursue them immediately to overtake them.” Now, she had led them to the roof, and hidden them among her stalks of flax spread out there. But the pursuers set out along the way to the fords of the Jordan, and once they had left, the gate was shut.

Before the spies fell asleep, Rahab came to them on the roof and said: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that a dread of you has come upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are overcome with fear of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and how you dealt with Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites beyond the Jordan, whom you doomed to destruction. At these reports, we are disheartened; everyone is discouraged because of you, since the Lord, your God, is God in heaven above and on earth below. Now then, swear to me by the Lord that, since I am showing kindness to you, you in turn will show kindness to my family; and give me an unmistakable token that you are to spare my father and mother, brothers and sisters, and all their kin, and save us from death.”

“We pledge our lives for yours,” the men answered her. “If you do not betray this errand of ours, we will be faithful in showing kindness to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

Then she let them down through the window with a rope; for she lived in a house built into the city wall. “Go up into the hill country,” she suggested to them, “that your pursuers may not find you. Hide there for three days, until they return; then you may proceed on your way.” The men answered her, “This is how we will fulfill the oath you made us take: When we come into the land, tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you are letting us down; and gather your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. Should any of them pass outside the doors of your house, he will be responsible for his own death, and we shall be guiltless. But we shall be responsible if anyone in the house with you is harmed. If, however, you betray this errand of ours, we shall be quit of the oath you have made us take.” “Let it be as you say,” she replied, and bade them farewell. When they were gone, she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

They went up into the hills, where they stayed three days until their pursuers, who had sought them all along the road without finding them, returned. Then the two came back down from the hills, crossed the Jordan to Joshua, son of Nun, and reported all that had befallen them. They assured Joshua, “The Lord has delivered all this land into our power; indeed, all the inhabitants of the land are overcome with fear of us.”

RESPONSORY James 2:24-26; Hebrews 11:31

A man pleases God by what he does and not by faith alone. Rahab pleased him when she sheltered the messengers and sent them on their way by a different route.
Just as a body without breath is dead, so faith without works is dead.

By faith Rahab the prostitute welcomed the spies with kindness, and so escaped death.
Just as a body without breath is dead, so faith without works is dead.

Second reading
From a letter to the Romans by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
My earthly desires have been crucified

The delights of this world and all its kingdoms will not profit me. I would prefer to die in Jesus Christ than to rule over all the earth. I seek him who died for us, I desire him who rose for us. I am in the throes of being born again. Bear with me, my brothers; do not keep me from living, do not wish me to die. I desire to belong to God; do not give me over to the world, and do not seduce me with perishable things. Let me see the pure light; when I am there, I shall be truly a man at last. Let me imitate the sufferings of my God. If anyone has God in him, let him understand what I want and have sympathy for me, knowing what drives me on.

The prince of this world would snatch me away and destroy my desire to be with God. So let none of you who will be there give him help; side rather with me, that is, with God. Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips and the world in your hearts. Give envy no place among you. And if, when I get there, I should beg for your intervention, pay no attention to me; no, believe instead what I am writing to you now. For I write to you while I yet live, but I long for death. My earthly desires have been crucified, and there no longer burns in me the love of perishable things, but a living water speaks within me, saying: “Come to the Father.”

I take no delight in corruptible food or in the pleasures of this life. I want the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was David’s seed, and for drink I want his blood, the sign of his imperishable love.

I no longer wish to live, as men count life. And I shall have my way, if you wish it so. Wish it, then, so that you too may have God’s favor. With these few words I beg you to believe me. Jesus Christ will make plain to you the truth of what I say; he is the true voice that speaks the Father’s truth. Pray for me that I may reach my goal. I have written to you not prompted by merely human feelings and values, but by God’s purpose for me. If I am to suffer, it will be because you loved me well; if I am rejected, it will be because you hated me. Remember in your prayers the church of Syria: it now has God for its shepherd instead of me. Jesus Christ alone will be its bishop, along with your love. For myself, I am ashamed to be counted among its members, for I do not deserve it, being the least of all, born out of due time. Yet, if I attain to God, by his mercy I shall be something. I greet you from my heart, and so do the churches that have welcomed me in love not as a mere passerby but as the representative of
Jesus Christ. Yes, even the churches that were not on my route humanly speaking, though spiritually on the same journey, were there to meet me in city after city.

RESPONSORY Colossians 1:24, 29

I rejoice in my sufferings.
In my own body I do all that I can to fill up what has yet to be endured by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.

For this I struggle and press on, with the power of Christ working in me to make me strong.
In my own body I do all that I can to fill up what has yet to be endured by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
from whom all good things come,
grant that we, who call on you in our need,
may at your prompting discern what is right,
and by your guidance do it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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