I woke up today still feeling great from last night. I have been meeting with my brothers in Christ from our parish, and the neighboring parish, in catholic fellowship every Tuesday evening for several months. We are preparing for a parish based ACTS retreat in a couple of weeks. The Holy Spirit grabbed us all last night. I am not charismatic by nature, but I can understand how charismatic christians can feel the presence of God in, and around them.
Humor of the Day:
“I am ready to meet my maker. Whether or not my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill
From the Apostles Creed, (continued)
“…[JESUS] SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED …”
Christ’s Passion, death, and burial needs to be understood from a religious viewpoint. They are the proof of the true and absolute love God had for us. His intensity and ability to love are also model of how we are to love Him in return.
Jesus experienced untold pain in those few hours, just as we would if we had been scourged and crucified. He was truly human, so Jesus had fear. This fear was expressed in His prayer to His heavenly father, when He begged. “If you are willing, take this chalice from me. Nevertheless let your will be done, not mine.” Fear was reasonable for Jesus; no form of death was considered more disgraceful than crucifixion, nor more painful.
Christ’s death on Calvary was providential. This pain and suffering was necessary by Jesus, for our sake, as the price of our redemption. Every drop of blood that Jesus shed on Calvary was literally the blood of the living God shed for us – sinners.
The detailed account of the burial, in the gospels, verifies that Christ was truly dead. He was wrapped in a shroud; His body was placed in a cave-like tomb; and that the tomb was sealed with a huge rock. This is evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday, was an historical fact; anticipated by some, and feared by others.
Information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Rose of Viterbo 1234-1252
Before she was able to speak, Rose attempted to pronounce the sweet names of Jesus and Mary; and as soon as she had learned to walk, she asked to be taken to church and to other retired and quiet places to pray. When religious discourses were given, she would listen with great attention.
When Rose was only 3 years old, one of her aunts died. Deeply moved by the sorrow of her relatives, little Rose went to the coffin, raised her eyes to heaven, and prayed silently. Then she placed her little hand on the body of her deceased aunt and called her by name. The dead woman immediately opened her eyes and reached out to embrace her little niece.
The child entertained a great compassion for the poor; she always tried to save some food to give to the poor. One day when she left the house with some bread in her apron, she met her father, who asked her in curt fashion what she was carrying off now. The affrighted child opened her apron and fragrant roses were found in it.
When she was 7 years old, Rose retired to a little cell in her father’s house. There she spent almost all her time in contemplation and in practicing rigorous penance. She prayed much for the conversion of sinners. Meanwhile our dear Lord was preparing her for an extraordinary mission.
Rose was not yet 10 years old when the Blessed Mother of God instructed her to join the Third Order of St. Francis. Shortly after, our Lord appeared to her on the Cross, wearing the crown of thorns on His head and bleeding profusely from all His wounds. Rose, aghast at the sight, called out: “O my Lord, who has reduced Thee to this state?” Our Lord replied, “My love, my deep love for men has done this.” “But,” asked Rose, “who has so pierced and torn Thee?” “The sins of men have done it,” was our Lord’s answer. “Sin, sin!” cried the saint, and she scourged herself to make atonement for the sins of the world.
By divine inspiration, Rose then took a cross in her hand and went up and down the streets and public squares of her city telling people of the terrible tortures our Lord suffered and of the heinousness of sin. Every now and then she would emerge from her solitude to entreat the people to do penance.
The town of Viterbo, which belonged to the Papal States, had revolted against the authority of the pope. Disregard for religion and moral degradation were the order of the day. But the sermons of this little missionary had marvelous results. the people came in crowds to hear her. The stone on which she stood was seen to rise in the air, and she was sustained there by a miracle while burning words issued from her lips. The greater part of the citizenry had already resolved to do penance and to return to the legitimate papal allegiance when Rose and her parents were repelled by the civil authorities.
The result was that she now had a wider field of activity. At Soriano and later at Vitorchiano, her preaching had the same blessed results. In the latter place, a sorceress had done much harm among the inhabitants. Fearing that after her departure this woman would undo the good effected there, Rose was desirous of her conversion. Her initial efforts failed. Then our saint had an immense pile of wood prepared in the public square; fire was set to it, and Rose stepped into the fire and mounted to the top of the pile. She remained untouched for three hours in the midst of the flames, singing the praises of God. The sorceress now cast herself at Rose’s feet and was sincerely converted.
Meanwhile the rightful,authority of the pope had been re-established at Viterbo, and Rose could return. She was now 15 years old and anxious to enter the convent of the Poor Clares. As she had no dowry, she could not be admitted. “Well,” said Rose, “you will not receive me while I am alive, but you will receive me after I am dead.” She and several companions repaired to a secluded dwelling, where they intended to live as a community. The ecclesiastical authorities, however, did not approve of the plan, and Rose returned home. She died 2 years later, filled with the joyous desire of being united with her God.
Two and a half years after her death she appeared three times to Pope Alexander IV, who was in Viterbo at the time, told him to have her body removed to the convent of the Poor Clares. When this was done, her body was found incorrupt; and it has remained in that condition to this day. Miracles are constantly occurring at her tomb. Pope Callistus III canonized her in 1457.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm.,
© 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)