Holy Saturday April 19,2014

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April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday
At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

READING 1

GN 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.

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Protestant Theology by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

The Church, the “pillar and bulwark of the truth,” “has received this solemn command of Christ from the apostles to announce the saving truth” (1 Tim 3:15; LG 17). “To the Church belongs the right always and everywhere to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any human affairs to the extent that they are required by the fundamental rights of the human person or the salvation of souls” (CIC, can. 747 #2; CCC:2032).

To watch the video, please click this link:  Protestant Theology by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ with Dr. David Anders

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Meditations: The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“We… must learn the need for suffering and for crises. We must put up with and transcend this suffering. Only in this way is life enriched. I believe that the fact the Lord bears the stigmata for eternity has a symbolic value. As an expression of the atrocity of suffering and death, today the stigmata are seals of Christ’s victory, of the full beauty of his victory and his love for us” (Pope Benedict XVI, Meeting with the Priests of the diocese of Albano, August 31, 2006).

To watch the video on the Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, please click this link:  Meditations: The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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Immovable Position of the Catholic Church on Reproductive Health Bill

For Filipino Catholics who cannot understand why the Church seems to be so immovable on the matter of the RH Bill despite the good purposes of the bill. This is offered to help clarify the adamant stand of our bishops. It doesn’t attempt to be comprehensive but it offers a different rationale from what is commonly aired. “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is inviolable right of every innocent being to life” (CCC: 2270).

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The Saint Speaks on Holy Repentance

From heaven, in her own words, St. Teresa of Avila shares how God can transform the soul in love through repentance. “Every offense committed against justice and truth entails the duty of reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. When it is impossible publicly to make reparation for a wrong, it must be made secretly. If someone who has suffered harm cannot be directly compensated, he must be given moral satisfaction in the name of charity. This duty of reparation also concerns offenses against another’s reputation. This reparation, moral and sometimes material, must be evaluated in terms of the extent of the damage inflicted. It obliges in conscience” (CCC: 2487).

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