TGIF. Today is a “Day of Penance” for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.
The Annual March for Life is today in Washington, DC. If you are unable to join fellow Americans in Washington, DC you can still stand and be counted by going to www.VirtualMarchforLife.com now. It’s very easy to do and will only take seconds.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
“If there were no God: there would be no atheists.” (G. K. Chesterton)
He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3: 13-15)
Jesus went up to the top of mountains (glorified hills too most of us) here, and elsewhere in the gospels. The mountain is significant, as it is associated with solemn moments and acts in the mission and self-revelation in Jesus’ life. Other scriptures about mountains in regards to Jesus can be found in Mark’s Gospel (cf. Mark 6:46; 9:2-8; 13:3).
Jesus acts with authority as he summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve men from the very low caste in society, whom he also named apostles, that they might be with him in His earthly mission. They not only witnessed His life and death, they also became the first models of how we are to witness in Jesus’ life as well. Jesus literally made them as apostles, to extend his messianic mission through them as His successors.
These successors became the Catholic Church’s first bishops, and with Peter being the first Pope. They were given the authority to pass on their line of succession by ordaining more bishops, and by maintaining the apostolic line of the Pope, up to present day. The order of Melchizedek is a great genealogical line of my Catholic family.
“Jesus, thank you for starting the Catholic Church, and giving us teachers of the faith infused with your Holy Spirit. Please keep all priests, bishops, and Pope Benedict XVI in your loving care. Amen.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #22:
The local fraternity is to be established canonically. It becomes the basic unit of the whole Order and a visible sign of the Church, the community of love. This should be the privileged place for developing a sense of Church and the Franciscan vocation and for enlivening the apostolic life of its members.