May 27, 2012 – Pentecost Sunday

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May 27, 2012

Pentecost Sunday

 “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you”

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     After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Apostles and disciples experience the risen Lord through his several appearances over a 40 day period.  They are reminded to go to Galilee to experience the Ascension of the Lord, which had been celebrated in the recent past on (Ascension) Thursday, but this Archdiocese and many others now celebrate it on Sunday so as to reach as many of the faithful as possible about this dimension of the Paschal Mystery.

     We read in the Acts of the Apostles that the Apostles and disciples went back to the Upper Room, the Cenacle, where the Apostles had celebrated the Last Supper (The First Mass).  There in Jerusalem, they gathered around Mary, mother of Jesus, and began to pray for 9 (nine) days – the First Novena.  On the 10th day God the Father and God the Son sent the Holy Spirit upon them.

     The Holy Spirit manifested himself first as a sound “like a strong driving wind”.  This imagery hearkens back to the Holy Spirit or breath of God hovering over the waters at the creation of the world.  The Holy Spirit then manifested himself as “tongues of flame“ which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  The Holy Spirit is not only “the Lord, the giver of life” as we pray in the Nicene Creed, but he is also the one who illuminates and sanctifies the Apostles to go and preach boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

     We receive the Holy Spirit at our Baptism, who implants within our soul the spiritual seeds of the divine virtues: faith, hope and love (charity) and imparts the seven divine gifts in order to perfect these three divine virtues as well as the four moral virtues.  We are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, which completes our Baptism and draws us deeper into Jesus and his Catholic Church.  The seven divine gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Knowledge, Wonder and Awe, Counsel, Understanding, Fortitude and Reverence.

      Let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts and minds that we would continue to grow in the saving mission of living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Here is a beautiful invocation to the Holy Spirit: “We beseech You, O God, that the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from You, may enlighten our minds and lead us to all truth, as Your Son promised.”  Amen.

The Peace and Fiery Love of Pentecost,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

May 20, 2012 – The Ascension of the Lord

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 May 20, 2012

7th Sunday of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord

World Communications Day

 

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”

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      I hope all of you had a wonderful mother’s day weekend!  Thank God for all mothers: biological,  spiritual and those who have adopted, for saying “Yes” to cooperating with God who is the giver and sustainer of each human life.

     It is so amazing to think that God the Almighty Father directly and immediately creates each human  child from the moment of conception in his image and likeness.  That is to say, the child has a human soul, a spiritual soul made for the capacity to receive the love of God and the love of their parents and family of faith.  The Lord God created you and I in his image and likeness in order that we would say “Yes” to his grace and continue to live freely by being faithful to the good that he wants for us.

     Of course, not all women are called to bear children, and there are some who want to, are married, but have not yet received that gift of a baby within them.  Some never will, but some of those will hear and open themselves to God’s call to being adopted parents of children.  The last time I heard there were an estimated 2 million women in theUSAwaiting to adopt a new baby. 

     Some women are saying “Yes” to being spiritual mothers and are entering religious communities to pray for the end to abortion and the conversion of our country so that we can rediscover the providential care of God and the plenitude of his saving grace found fully in Jesus Christ and his Catholic Church.

     Every child is destined for heaven, but we cannot get there on our own power.  Our spiritual soul has been wounded by original sin, and we still have the effects of original sin even after Baptism.  That is why we all need to bear the image of Jesus within our souls be saying “Yes” to God’s divine life given to us and sustained in us by his Holy Word and the Sacraments.  We needHoly MotherChurchwho gives us Jesus in the Seven Sacraments in order to enlighten our darkened minds and strengthen our enfeebled wills.  St. Paul writes in the Letter to the Ephesians: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones”…Ephesians 1:18

     We are also made in the image and likeness of our parents such that 23 chromosomes from mom and 23 chromosomes from dad united at conception to make up the developing body of the child who begins to grow immediately.  How?  The cell is alive, that is, it is animated by a spiritual soul, breathed into being by God!  This human soul organizes the body and keeps it growing and replacing cells.  This cell becomes a foot, this cell becomes a hand, this cell becomes an eyeball, this cell becomes the brain stem.  The human soul is like the blue print of a unique, priceless piece of art, a masterpiece created and sustained by God in cooperation with we humans.  Thus, when a person dies, the intellectual soul is separated from the body and it stops growing, it stops organizing and is judged by God in the midst of the community of Saints on how it has responded to grace by growing in love of God by doing his will, or opposing God’s will by sinning. 

     But we love the Lord of life and salvation.  That is why we freely gather together withHoly MotherChurchto respond to Jesus and the Holy Spirit by praising God the Father.  We have freely chosen to follow God and his commandments above all else, in order to love others appropriately and God who is above all else.

     Peace in Christ,

     Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

May 13, 2012 – 6th Sunday of Easter – Mothers’ Day

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 May 13, 2012

                                                          6th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

 

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.”

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CONGRATULATIONS

and

GOD BLESS

THE NEWLY CONFIRMED MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

 

                                          Anna  Brezina                                                                                                                    Daughter of Tom & Barb Brezina

 

Alicia Davis

Daughter of Larry & Sara Davis

 

Mitchell Dooley

Son of Dave & Mary Dooley

 

Brandon Duban

Son of Dennis & Annie Duban

 

Quinn Duchene

Daughter of Mark & Theresa Duchene

 

Marisa Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

 

Kaylee Kubes

Daughter of Joseph & Karen Kubes

 

Cole Pint

Son of Greg & Marilyn Pint

 

Tia Pumper

Daughter of Kari Pumper & Robert Henrichs

 

Tyler Skluzacek

Son of Bruce & Lisa Skluzacek

 

Blake Skluzacek

Son of Eric & Bobbie Skluzacek

 

Tyler Sticha

Son of Scott & Theresa Sticha

 

Jordan Yetzer

Son of Mike & Barb Yetzer

 

These students received the Sacrament of Confirmation

from Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Cathedral ofSt. Paul.

 

     After the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of flames upon those who were praying with Mary in the upper room, we read this in the Acts of the Apostles: “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”  This is the first mention of the 4 pillars of the Christian life, of which the Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided: The Apostles Creed, The Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, The Eucharist and other Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer.                                                

Congratulations and blessings,
Fr. Thomas McCabe 

 

May 6, 2012 – 5th Sunday of Easter

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 May 6, 2012

5th Sunday of Easter

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”

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                                                                    WELCOME

TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD

 

Congratulations

To the following children

who are receiving their

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Today, Sunday, May 6, 2012

At the 10:00 AM Mass

  

Connor Antony

Son of Brian & Francine Antony

 

Robert Bastyr

Son of Jodi Bastyr

 

Hailey Calliguri

Daughter of James & Marcy Calliguri

 

Madison Dooley

Daughter of Dave & Mary Dooley

 

Margaret Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Melissa Flicek

 

Ryan Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer

 

Macey Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

 

Kylie McWilliams

Daughter of John & Mandy McWilliams

 

Jordan Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer

 

Lily Moravchik

Daughter of Joseph & Christine Moravchik

 

Reice Narum

Son of Christopher & Michelle Narum

 

Carter Pavek

Son of Joseph & Sarah Pavek

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     Jesus speaks to us in the Gospel of John, “Remain in me, as I remain in you…Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit…”  Let us grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit: faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, self-control, and goodness.
      Jesus inspires the Apostle John to speak to our hearts and minds: “Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.” 1Jn 3:24
Congratulations!
Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

April 29, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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 April 29, 2012

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“I am the good shepherd. 

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

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      A boy was on the seashore playing in the sand.  He dug out a pit and began filling it with water from the ocean, but it would seep away almost as soon as he turned his back for more.

     A man observed this boy at play as hewalked along the shore.  He would later be known as one of the greatest saints and brightest minds in the church.  After watching the boy for a time he asked the boy, “What are you trying to do?”  The boy replied, “I am trying to empty the ocean into the pit I have dug.”

     The man was amused and said, “You will never be able to do it because the sea is too vast.”  The boy was undaunted, “Well some men think they can know God, is this as difficult as that?”

    St. Augustinemust have been awed by the reply given by this boy at play.  The story may not be actual, but it does point out the infinite mystery of God and our thirst for him.  And like the boy at play, undaunted by the seeming impossibility of the task,St. Augustinegave his capacious mind to the task of meditating upon the infinite God-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

     The Holy Trinity is the central mystery of our Christian faith.  God is infinitely powerful and mysterious, and although incomprehensible, God is not unintelligible.  In other words, we can grow in our understanding of God, but never fully comprehend him, because our minds are finite.

     Like thirsty ground, we care called to drink in God continually.  Although we will never be filled on earth, if we persevere in our quest for the truth of God, in heaven we will be supremely happy to know that our minds will never be without the refreshing water of glory and knowledge of God and all his creation.

     How are we able to receive this great gift of knowledge?  By the grace that comes through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  For we do not naturally possess the power to hold on to thoughts of God, nor live out his call of holiness. Rather, we need his assistance of grace in his sacraments to maintain a living faith.

     Before his conversion, Augustine seemed to be a lonely figure, once brilliant, but unable to quench his thirst for truth.  His early, sinful life is evidence of his drinking from many wells that filled his mind with worldly wisdom, but nothing was good enough, nor was he at peace with himself.

     Finally, Augustine converted to Jesus Christ and his Church.  He found the ancient font of Eternal Truth in the Catholic Church, and the everlasting source of grace in the person of Jesus Christ.  Instead of isolating himself further by drinking from shallow or poisonous wells,St. Augustinedove into the church and entered into Holy Communion by communicating with the Apostles, Saints and faithful disciples.  He realized that God was not isolated, but revealed himself through his Son as God living in community: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

     May the good Lord satisfy our thirst for divine love now and forevermore through our Catholic church community.  May God continue to call men and women to serve him and his people as priests and religious brothers and sisters.

 

In Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe    

 

April 22, 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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April 22, 2012

3rd Sunday of Easter

Earth Day

“Peace be with you.”

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          On Saturday, April 2, 2005, approximately 10:00p.m. inRome, God took to himself John Paul II, Servant of the Servants of God.  To many Catholics the timing of his death seemed to be very symbolic.

           It occurred on the First Saturday of the month at which devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus is observed.  It also occurred on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion to which John Paul II recognized and established for Catholics throughout the world when he canonized St. Marie Faustina in the Jubilee Year 2000.  Those who participate in this devotion draw down God’s mercy, his greatest attribute, upon the world, and a special grace for themselves.

          When Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Woe-tee-ya) was elected Pope October 16, 1978, he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and proclaimed his first words, “Praised be Jesus Christ!”

          He was born the second of two sons to Karol, his father, and Emilia Kaczorowska, his mother, who died giving birth to a third child-stillborn-in1929.  The young Karol could not foresee the death of his older brother Edmund, a doctor, in 1932 and the growing darkness of Nazism and Communism.  

          He made his first Holy Communion at age 9, was confirmed at age 17, and entered Krakow, Poland Jagiellon University, which was closed by the Nazi’s a year later in 1939.  In 1942 he joined the “underground” seminary (school for aspiring priests) and pioneered an “underground” theatre as part of the resistance force.  He was ordained a priest inKrakowon November 1, 1946.  On July 4, 1958 he was appointed auxiliary bishop ofKrakowby Archbishop Baziak.  On January 13, 1964 he was named Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul IV, who elevated him to the cardinalate on June 26, 1967.  Eleven years later he became the Pope, the universal Shepherd of Christ’s Catholic Church.

          As Pope he has welcomed an average 1 million people to theVatican CityinRome.  He established 64 diplomatic relations with countries for the first time.  He has traveled the world over, leading the faithful in the worship of God; encouraging and admonishing them to stay fully connected to Christ.  He founded Populorum Progressio Foundation for the indigenous peoples of Latin America, thePontificalAcademiesfor Life and Social Sciences, as well as established World Youth Day, where millions of youth throughout the world would spend time in his presence.

          The Pope has a special gift that comes from the office of St. Peter, found in the Gospel of Luke; the gift of being the visible head and principal unifier of the Christian faith.  At the Last Supper Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon!  Remember that Satan has asked for you, to sift you all like wheat.  But I have prayed for you that your faith may never fail.  You in turn must strengthen your brothers.” (Lk. 22:31-32)  That is why Catholics believe the Pope is infallible when teaching from the chair of St. Peter with regard to faith and morals.  However, he is not impeccable (without sin) and he needs our prayers as all of us strive to follow Christ perfectly as Jesus says, “Be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48)

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe

 

April 15, 2012 – Sunday of the Divine Mercy

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April 15, 2012

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday of the Divine Mercy

 

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

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The first step of faith is to believe that God exists.  By “God” we mean an Infinite Being who is All Powerful, All Good, All Just and All Merciful.  Sometimes people have trouble believing in God because they see the cruelty of the world around them.  Just imagine how the Jewish people were tested in their faith when God permitted the NAZIS (National Socialist Party of Germany) to detain and begin to exterminate 6 million of their fellow Jews.  How can an All Powerful, All Good God allow that to happen?

     God has given us free-will, that we might freely choose to love Him above all things, and appropriately within all things, in order to attain heaven for all eternity after we die.  We all must die, but of course, we do not want anyone to die tragically like the Jews did in that genocide.  But unfortunately people freely chose to vote for Hitler and his National Socialist Party, and choices have consequences.

     When a person chooses freely to love other things more than God, and thereby chooses to live away from God who is deserving of all our love, they help create a disordered life on earth, and if they do not repent, they have chosen to live away from God’s order for all eternity – they have chosen hell.

     But how do we know how to love God?  God has revealed it in the Bible: “Beloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him.  In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.  For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.”  1 John 5:1-3

     Clearly, God has given us his Ten Commandments of life and love that we might grow in his life and love.  Jesus has perfectly lived God’s Commandments, even to the point of death, and thus he is the Source andSummitof our faith and salvation.  Since Jesus is the Author of Life and Love, and was perfectly innocent, then his death is the most tragic of all.  But through his suffering he offers forgiveness to all sinners who can choose to repent – before they die – and thus be able to be saved.  However, they must go through a certain degree of purifying fire depending on their lack of cooperation in the Church’s mission of salvation, that they be made perfect in order to enter the fullness of heaven.  Why does God give sinners a chance to repent and has created a place of purgation?  Because God is All Merciful and All Just.

     Since all of us are imperfect in our love of God and one another, we need to make reparation for our sins and seek God’s greatest attribute – his Divine Mercy.  We experience God’s Divine Mercy fully in the Sacrament of Confession and penance, of which we read about in today’s Gospel.  Also, we can read the lives of the Saints who lived out this Divine Mercy, like Saint Maria Faustina.  The following is from her diary, which has been reviewed by the Magisterium of the Church, and found to be free of any doctrinal errors.

#367.  The Lord Jesus said to Blessed Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.  If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them, and it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.”

#441.  Blessed Faustina also wrote in her diary, “Once the image (of the Divine Mercy) was being exhibited over the altar during the Corpus Christi procession [June 20, 1935].  When the priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and the choir began to sing, the rays from the image pierced the Sacred Host and spread out all over the world.  Then I heard these words: “These rays of mercy will pass through you, just as they have passed through this Host, and they will go out through all the world.”

       All of us are called to participate in God’s work of Divine Mercy.  The ABC’s of God’s mercy: “Ask” for God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Confession; “Be” merciful; “Constantly” trust in Jesus’ mercy.  What does mercy look like, look to Jesus himself.  The mission of mercy is one: to save body and soul.  Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, etc.  Spiritual Works of Mercy: Instruct the uninformed about Jesus, etc. 

     An anonymous donor has given the parish the Divine Mercy image for our edification. Divine Mercy devotional aids can be found near the image.  Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Father Thomas McCabe

 

April 8, 2012 – Easter Sunday

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 April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

of the Resurrection of the Lord

ALLELUIA!

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                                Jesus Christ has risen! 

                              Alleluia! 

                               Sin and death have been conquered! 

                              Alleluia!

                                    The Easter Octave, or eight days of Easter,           

                                ends next Sunday – now called “Divine Mercy  

                                Sunday.”

     Jesus’ mission of mercy continues through his faithful people who orient their lives to glorify God, not themselves.  He has raised up saints in the past to remind us how to fervently live out his mercy.  For example, Faustina Kowalska was born of a Polish peasant family in 1905.  She was very prayerful as a young girl.  She was inspired to go to the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925.  She received the habit on April 30, 1926.  In the convent, she received many extraordinary visions of Jesus, and she began to record them in a diary as the Lord instructed her.  Sister Faustina died October 5, 1938, after living the Christian faith heroically, even amid her rapidly declining health.  Many miracles were attributed to her and verified.  She was beatified on the Sunday following Easter in 1993 (Mercy Sunday).

     Her last miracle was verified, and she was canonized inRome, April 30, 2000.  The following is from her diary, which has been reviewed by the Magisterium and found to be doctrinally without error:

#367.  The Lord Jesus said to Blessed Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.  If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them, and it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.  For them I will dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy.  I desire to bestow my graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them.  You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept.  In this way you will console My Heart.”

#441.  Blessed Faustina wrote in her diary, “Once the image (of the Divine Mercy) was being exhibited over the altar during the Corpus Christi procession [June 20, 1935].  When the priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and the choir began to sing, the rays from the image pierced the Sacred Host and spread out all over the world.  Then I heard these words: “These rays of mercy will pass through you, just as they have passed through this Host, and they will go out through all the world.”

     An anonymous donor has given the parish the Divine Mercy image for our edification.  Thank you.

     All of us are called to participate in God’s work of Divine Mercy.  The ABC’s of God’s mercy: “Ask” for God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Confession; “Be” merciful; “Constantly” trust in Jesus’ mercy.  What does mercy look like, look to Jesus himself.  The mission of mercy is one: to save body and soul.  Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, etc.  Spiritual Works of Mercy: Instruct the uninformed about Jesus, etc. 

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe

 

                           There are Divine Mercy Novena brochures in the        

                            main entrance of church, which can be prayed

                            nine (novena) days before Divine Mercy Sunday.

April 1, 2012 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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 April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself.”

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 Every grace, every good gift, comes from the cross of Jesus Christ. And so we have this Lenten Season to rejoice in the risen Lord whose death has brought us new  life through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But the cost of receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit was the death of Christ.

  This historical event occurred in the Holy Land and every Good Friday we take up a collection for the Franciscans who have custody of theHoly Land. Here are some interesting facts about how our sacrificial gift helps secure the historic sites of Jesus’ ministry.

  The specialInternationalFranciscanProvincewhich cares for the Holy Places is called the ‘The Custody of theHoly Land.’ The friars of the province come from 22 lands and work in the countries ofIsrael,Jordan,Egypt,Lebanon,Syriaand the island countries ofCyprusandRhodes.

  The friars also conduct the InternationalSeraphicCollegeof the Holy Land and staff the Holy Land Delegation in Romeand direct the Information and Press Bureau in Milanand 69 Information Offices called Commissariats of the Holy Landaround the world.                                                                                      Mission Churches

Shrines – 74, Basilicas – 5, Churches – 64, Parishes – 35.                          

Educational and Cultural Activities

Schools – 22,  Catechetical Centers- 8, Franciscan Biblical Institute/Museum -1, Christian Information Center – Jerusalem -1, Center for Oriental Studies – Cairo -1, Film Center — Cairo – 1.

Professional Activities

Vocational Schools for Boys – 2,DomesticSchoolsfor Girls – 5, Workshops andTrainingCenters– 7, Publishing House,Jerusalem– 1.

Social and Charitable Activities

Homes for the Aged – 3, Summer Camps – 2, Medical Dispensaries – 10, Orphanages – 3.

Special Housing for the Poor

Free Housing – 300 Families, Low Rent – 200 families, St. James – 42 Apartments,  In Bethany – 20 Apartments.

         As they have for centuries, over 300 Franciscan Priests and friars, together with 130 Sisters, serve all God’s people in theHoly Land. Many come from all over the world to study and live where Christ was born, died and rose in glory.                                          

      They care for the Holy Places which felt the feet of Christ and saw His Apostles and followers begin to teach His Way of Life. They care for the new orphans of war, teach the young about Christ’s love and forgiveness, justice and mercy.  

      Ever since St. Francis journeyed to the Holy Land and demonstrated his Catholic Christian faith to the Muslim leaders around 1200 A.D. Franciscans have been respected as the custodians of theHoly Land. We pray for the peace of Christ in every land. Wherever there is great good, evil fights it tooth and nail. The nails of Christ prove this spiritual truth.  Praise God for sharing this incredible ministry of Christ’s sacrificial love.   

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe  

Please give generously to the Holy Land Fund on Good Friday at the Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m. (beginning in the Church and processing outside for 1 hour), and at the

MARCH 25, 2012 5th Sunday of Lent

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MARCH 25, 2012

5th Sunday of Lent

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself.”

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                                A Lenten reflection on the Divine Person, Jesus Christ.  Below is a probable, external historic account describing the person of Jesus Christ as it  was found in an ancient letter written to Caesar by Publius Lentulus, the predecessor of Pontius Pilate as Governor of Judea.  The original Latin manuscript is said to be in the possession of the Caesarini family ofRome.

      I have learned, O Caesar, that it is your wish to know what I narrate to you.  There lives in this time in Judea a man of singular character and of great virtue whose name is Jesus Christ.  The people and the barbarians esteem him a prophet, but his followers hold him as divine and adore him as the immediate offspring of the immortal God, the creator of all things that are and have been made.

     In truth, O Caesar, wonderful things are performed every day by this Christ.  He is endowed with such unparalleled virtue as to call back the dead from their grave s and to heal every kind of disease with a single word or touch.

     He is a man of noble stature and of very beautiful countenance, tall and elegantly shaped.  His appearance, in which majesty resides, is amiable and reverent such that those who look at him are compelled to admire him.

     His forehead is smooth and very serene.  His eyes are bright, clear and serene.  He is of very modest countenance.  In appearance he is the most beautiful man that could be seen or imagined, just like his mother who is the most beautiful young person who has ever been seen in these parts.

     He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness and invites with the most tender and persuasive language.  His entire presentation, whether in word or in deed, being elegant, grave and strictly characteristic of so exalted a being.  No man has ever seen him laugh, but the whole world beholds him weep frequently.  So persuasive are his tears that no one can refrain from joining in sympathy with him.  He is very moderate and wise.  In short, whatever this phenomenon may turn out to be in the end, he seems at present to be a man of exquisite beauty and divine perfection, in every way surpassing the children of men.

     But if your majesty, O Caesar, desires to see him as you wrote and made known to me in former letters, I will send him to you at once.

     In learning he is an object of wonder to the entire city of Jerusalem.  He has never studied at all, yet he knows all the sciences well.  He wears sandals and goes bare headed.  Many laugh at him from a distance, but in his presence they tremble.  It is said that such a man has never been heard of in these parts.  In truth, as the Hebrews tell me, there has never been heard such advice and such sublime doctrine as this Christ teaches.  Many of the Jews hold him to be divine and they believe in him while others accuse him to me as being contrary to your majesty, Caesar.  I am very much annoyed by these malicious “Hebrews”. It is acknowledged that he has never done harm and those who have had dealings with him say they have received from him benefits and health.

     But to your majesty, O Caesar, and to your obedience I am most devoted; whatever you shall command me will be executed.

     Farewell.  From Jerusalem…the most faithful and most obedient,  Publius Lentulus.

It is not possible for me to authenticate this external evidence of Jesus Christ.  As with any historical fact (facts that can’t be repeated like physical science) one has to place one’s trust in another.  The Bible of course is internal evidence that Jesus was like this: majestic, simple, emotional, loving, fair in his treatment to Pharisees and disciples alike.  But again,  we trust that God has revealed this and we meditate on it with the help ofHoly MotherChurch.

 Peace in Christ, 

Father Thomas McCabe