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.
(Vatican Radio) Jesus is known more by following Him than by studying Him. That was the message of Pope Francis at his homily during the Mass celebrated Thursday morning at Casa Santa Marta. Every day, he explained, Christ asks “who” He is for us, but it is only possible to answer by living as disciples.
Yesterday, the third Monday of February, Americans across the country enjoyed a relaxing day off from school and work thanks to the alleged Presidents' Day marked on most calendars. Suprisingly though, Presidents' Day doesn't actually exist.
Ever since 1968, when America was trying to provide more three-day-weekends for its citizens to enjoy, federal law decreed that the third Monday of every February was "George Washington's birthday" even though his historically accurate birthday is either February 11, 1731, or February 22, 1732. So how did it come to be known as "Presidents' Day?" According to Prologue, the magazine of national archives, it was thanks to a department store, which noted that it cleared more inventory when its sales promotions were tailored to include all American Presidents instead of just the first.
Over 50,000 pilgrims from around the world gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to listen to Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus.
The Holy Father reflected on the Sunday’s Gospel, which spoke of Christ’s desire to fulfill the Law of Moses. This ‘fulfillment’, he said, “requires a greater justice, a more authentic observance.”
For the first time our Diocese sung a selection of liturgical prayers from Ba’utha in English. Anyone who owns a copy, or has used the Emmanuel prayer book should have noticed in the English side that there is a section for Ba’utha. Father Andrew Younan worked long hours not only translating all of the Ba’utha prayers into English, but he also translated them in a way that they could still be sung using the same tones and melodies that are use in the Chaldean.
Jonah’s reaction to the Ninevites’ repentance and God’s acceptance of them sheds light on his desire to have run away from God in the beginning. He, in fact, tells us himself: “For I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and that you repent of evil” (Jonah 4:2). This he says before he tells God he would rather die than to live.