Humor of the Day:
Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church!
From the Apostles Creed, (continued):
“… HE [JESUS] DESCENDED TO DEAD, AND ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN …”
Two articles of faith are stated in this portion of the Apostles Creed. First; Christ died and His soul visited the souls of the faithfully departed in, what has come to be called, the Limbo of the Fathers. Secondly: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave on Easter Sunday.
Christ held that there was a ‘state of being’ for the soul of the departed just. It was a state of total happiness. This ‘place’ was temporary, and was replaced by heaven when the Messiah (Jesus) came to establish His kingdom. This only makes sense in that heaven can only exist if Jesus (God) is there.
By the same ‘free will’ from which He chose death, Jesus also had the free will to chose to conquer death, and return to the human life before his crucifixion. To me, it is interesting how he had to prove to some (namely Thomas) that He was real, risen, and in human form. We should thank Thomas for his doubt. Alleviating Thomas’ doubt gave proof that Jesus truly did return from the dead, and not just a spirit appearing as a ghost of some type.
Information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #5:
Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity. The faith of St. Francis, who often said, “I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except His most holy body and blood,” should be the inspiration and pattern of their Eucharistic life.