Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent & St. Lazarus, March 27,2017
“The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.” With one word, Christ “changed my morning into dancing.” The “drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.” The Lord says, “I am about to create… a new earth.” It happens when we welcome the Prophet.
“Lord Jesus, your love never fails and your mercy is unceasing. Give me the courage to surrender my stubborn pride, fear and doubts to your surpassing love, wisdom and knowledge. Make be strong in faith, persevering in hope, and constant in love.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. AMEN.
Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address today at noon to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square:
Before the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
At the center of the Gospel, this Fourth Sunday of Lent, are Jesus and a man blind from birth (Jn 9: 1-41). Christ restores his sight and works this miracle with a kind of symbolic ritual: first, he mixes the earth with saliva and rubs it on his eyes; then, orders him to go and wash himself in the Pool of Siloam. The man goes, washes, and regains his sight. With this miracle, Jesus reveals himself as light of the world; and blind from birth is each of us, that we were created to know God, but because of sin, [we] are like the blind, we need a new light, that of faith, that Jesus has given us. In fact, the blind man of the Gospel regaining his vision opens to the mystery of Christ. “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.
Even the Holy Family was not exempt from misunderstanding
The solemnity of the Annunciation is often overlooked, but it’s the commemoration of the first moment that began the process of human salvation. Not only that, it’s the preeminent pro-life, pro-family feast in the Church’s liturgical calendar.
The Church is a divine institution rooted in both time and eternity, the physical and the spiritual. In that way, it’s ordered so that mankind can comprehend eternal truths that show us who God is. The events that set into motion the salvation of humanity are rooted in the realities and struggles of family life.
In all things consider the end; how you shall stand before the strict Judge from Whom nothing is hidden and Who will pronounce judgment in all justice, accepting neither bribes nor excuses. And you, miserable and wretched sinner, who fear even the countenance of an angry man, what answer will you make to the God Who knows all your sins? Why do you not provide for yourself against the day of judgment when no man can be excused or defended by another because each will have enough to do to answer for himself? In this life your work is profitable, your tears acceptable, your sighs audible, your sorrow satisfying and purifying.
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Fourth Sunday of Lent A & Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz , March 26,2017
When Jesus sees the blind man, he says, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Once the blind man is healed, the people ask, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” They betray their own blindness: “Man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” The blind man answers using words that Christ uses of himself; he says, “I am.” Is this a coincidence? The man was born blind “so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” “Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” The Light who is Christ produces a goodness in us by which we come to resemble Christ himself. We beg for the ability to look into the heart of each person we meet and to see reality the way God does.
Fr. Pablo Straub: “We must bring Christ to the Internet”
The One True Faith is the flagship show of Church Militant, the series that started it all 10 years ago. It’s getting a facelift, being digitally remastered, and in this episode the Download panel revisits Season 2, Episode 3 on “The Church and the Media,” where Michael Voris gives an impassioned talk on the need for each of us to help counteract the “Luciferian media” — as Fr. John Hardon called it — and “bring Christ to the Internet,” in the words of Fr. Pablo Straub.
THE VORTEX: WILLFULLY BLIND – There are none so blind as will not see
March 24, 2017
This Vortex is coming to you from the archdiocese of New York, where one disturbing story after another keeps coming to our attention from Catholics who feel completely shut out by the cardinal and his senior staff about very real concerns. One of their concerns is the obvious drift the archdiocese has made away from the Faith itself in favor of all the Party of Death talking points, predominantly in the area of homosexuality and immigration.
In the spring of 2011, after Cdl. Dolan had been here for around two years, he appointed Fr. Phillip Kelly as pastor of St. Francis de Sales parish on West 96th street. Within a couple of years, parishioners became increasingly unsettled about what they termed not only his very caustic and abrasive personality in dealing with them, but also deep concerns about what appeared to be an inappropriate relationship between Kelly and a man we were told whose name was Vincent.
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Lent & Blessed Oscar Romero, March 24,2017
Jesus asks the scribes, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” The man’s answer moves Jesus to say, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” We want Jesus to say this to us as well. To woo us to total love of him, God says, “I am like a verdant cypress tree; because of me you bear fruit! – an image of the cross. And, “if my people would walk in my ways, I would feed them with the best of wheat” – a promise of the Eucharist.
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