If the echo along the way to Golgotha can be heard today, what would it say?
Come, partake of the Sorrowful Passion of Christ The Lord, and charitably undergo the suffering God endows you.
The confidence in this truth inspires us to be drawn into a deeper sense of compassion only foreseen in the suffering son-of-man. To obtain with hope what we do not have, to seek Him in realm of The Holy of Holies - His Sacred Heart.
Last Monday, March 3, the parishoners of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in San Diego, CA had the opportunity to experience a unique service: the Service of Healing.
The Service was annouced beforehand by Mar Sarhad Jawsip Jammo during his homily on Sunday, where he declared that the service would take place for the first time ever at that parish. He also said that he, Mar Bawai Soro, and all of the locally stationed priests, would be present at the cathedral to follow in the footsteps of the Apostles, to whom Christ gave the power to heal the sick by the laying-on of hands.
The human norm is to gain pleasure and avoid pain; however, as intellectual beings who have a call to joy that goes beyond the bodily pleasures, it is often the case that to reach this joy we first must experience pain. For example, in any relationship that will survive and flourish, both parties must sacrifice things they are attached to for the sake of the other party. Without this self-sacrifice, every relationship would end in failure. Here, the fruit of our pain is the joy of love. When a soldier is preparing for a war, he must prepare his body and his mind for a seemingly impossible task, and so he must deny himself many good things to keep him from being too comfortable.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a letter to an Italian journalist, retired Pope Benedict XVI said questions about the validity of his resignation are "absurd."
"There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my renunciation of the Petrine ministry," the retired pope wrote in a letter to Andrea Tornielli, a Vatican correspondent for the newspaper La Stampa and the website Vatican Insider.
On March 28, Paramount Pictures will be releasing Director Darren Aronofsky's latest film "Noah" based on the biblical story found in the book of Genesis. Currently, it is the source of great controversy, where enthusiasts and critics both can be found amongst faithful, atheists, and agnostics alike.
This biblical adaptation happens to be a passion project of the born-and-raised-Jewish Aronofsky -- and has been since he was in high school and won an award for a poem he wrote about Noah's dove. He has had this movie in the back of his mind for years, and has only now seen it come to completion, after many years of work. "Noah's" test-screenings (which Paramount forced along the way, against Aronosfsky's will) did not meet with much enthusiasm, and Paramount repeatedly made Aronofsky recut the film until he reached the final product all audiences will see upon its release next month. Not to say they fixed it to a point where everyone who saw it liked it; there are still many factions, groups, and Christian organizations that disagree with themes, or characters depicted in the movie, claiming that Aronofsky had strayed too far from the biblical account, making it more focused on current issues such as environmentalism, overpopulation, and global warming.