Humor of the Day:
Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
The Burial of Jesus,
The 7th Sorrow of Mary – Mark 15: 46-47
The lifeless body of Jesus was locked in the tomb for three days.
The closest I have ever come to burying an immediate family member is my Mother this past April. It was a devastating, and highly emotional, event for me and my brothers. I am sure this would be magnified many times when it comes to a son.
Mary saw her beloved son tortured beyond what can even be imagined. She saw her son carrying a cross through the city streets while being ridiculed and mocked by those that hated Him. She saw her son hanging on the cross, in pure and total agony. And finally, she saw her son being impaled with a spear in order to hasten His death.
Picture Mary holding the lifeless body of Jesus, covered head-to-toe with blood, sweat, and other body fluids. His body pierced and torn by thorns, whips, nails the size of railroad spikes, and a large spearhead. The pure agony Mary had to go through in witnessing, experiencing, and ‘feeling’ all that had happened to her only earthly son.
Mary, we love you. Please love us the way you loved your son, Jesus. Mary, our heavenly mother, be with us now and at the time of our deaths, as you were with your beloved son. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: FREI GALVAO, THE FIRST BRAZILIAN SAINT
Antonio de Santa Ana (ne Antonio Galvao de Franca, 1739-1822), a Franciscan priest who founded the “Recolhimento” (Retreat) of Our Lady of the Conception and Divine Providence, today known as the Convent of Light.
The Franciscan charism, lived out in the spirit of the Gospel has borne significant fruits through [Frei Galvao’s] witness as an ardent adorer of the Eucharist, as a prudent and wise guide of the souls who sought his counsel, and as a man with a great devotion to the Immaculate Conception of Mary, whose ‘son and perpetual servant’ he considered himself to be.
Frei Galvao prophetically affirmed the truth of the Immaculate Conception. … The Virgin Most Pure, who conceived in her womb the Redeemer of mankind and was preserved from all stain of original sin, wishes to be the definitive seal of our encounter with God our Saviour. There is no fruit of grace in the history of salvation that does not have as its necessary instrument the mediation of Our Lady. In fact, the saint gave himself irrevocably to the Mother of Jesus from his youth, desiring to belong to her for ever, and he chose the Virgin Mary to be the Mother and Protector of his spiritual daughters.
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)