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“He is Risen!”
 
“If God is in first place,
then everything else is in its right place.” 

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The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”

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Easter: April 24th

Easter Thursday

“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’” The Gospel tells of an appearance of Jesus in the Cenacle on the very day of His resurrection. The newly baptized (neophytes) and all Christians with them, must live like the risen Christ, none but a heavenly life and by their manner of living proclaim their faith in Christ.

“This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia!
Let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia!”

Meditation
Shallow minds are easily scandalized at the thought that, despite Christ Jesus’ divine mission and His heroic earnestness in fulfilling it, despite the limitless possibilities of the Sacrifice of Calvary glorified in the power of the Resurrection, even now so many human souls are still sick and diseased, even dead in sin and seemingly lost in impenitence.

But think for a moment of some definite astounding force in nature, as for instance lightning, or even better, of so simple a force as the stroke of a hammer or the approach of a lighted match; notice the vast difference in the effects produced on a block of granite, on a cake of ice, and on a keg of powder. Even so, the definite effect of the same graces upon different individual souls depends on the receptivity of each. Yet never doubt, the doors of the treasury of the merits and fruits of Calvary are wide open; the fountains of the Savior are pouring out heavenly waters to purify and cure and refresh souls; the invitation goes out to all:

“Come, eat My bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you. All you that thirst come to the waters, and you that have no money, make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money! Come! to experience the virtue of the waters, and of the food, and of the medicine, and of the fire. Come and drink lest you die of thirst! Come and eat lest your soul hunger and starve! Come, approach the fire of My charity, to be stirred out of your spiritual coldness and numbness!”

Our Way to the Father by Rev. Leo M. Krenz, S.J.http://www.catholicculture.org/

TODAY’S MEDITATION

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Acts 3:11-26

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant. (Acts 3:25)

Noticing that a crowd has gathered around the man whom they have just cured, Peter takes full advantage of the people’s curiosity. He launches into an address that both explains what has just happened and offers everyone else a share in the salvation that this miracle has revealed.

Although Peter announces that this salvation comes through repentance, he doesn’t just

address the people as sinners guilty of condemning Jesus to death. Rather, he addresses what’s best in their nature and experience. He invites them to take hold of the grace God has already given them. He recalls the God they have always worshipped and reminds them that in Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah, this God is now freely healing people and giving them new life.

Generously, Peter attributes their part in the death of Christ to ignorance rather than to malice. Then he goes on to point to the promised blessing that is rightfully theirs. No wonder so many are eager to believe!

What a model for us as we take up the call to share the gospel! We are surrounded by people who need a savior. How do we view them? How do we talk about them? How do we talk to them? It can be tempting to focus on their shortcomings and sins, but such an approach can lead us to turn our backs on them as being hopeless. It will certainly lead them to keep their distance from us! No one is attracted by condemnation!

On the other hand, we can try to develop a more positive attitude. We can begin by looking for Jesus in each person around us. We can try to identify his image in them and look for ways that they manifest his goodness. Certainly any desire to do the right thing, any impulse of generosity or sense of justice, can show us a way to talk with them about the Lord. If we begin at this spot, we’ll find it easier to help them take one step closer to the God who is already at work in their hearts.

All it takes is an open, respectful heart. The rest is up to God.

“Father, you loved me long before I came to know you. Open my eyes to see how you are at work in every human heart.”

Psalm 8:2, 5-9; Luke 24:35-48

 The Word Among Us

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“If, then, you are looking for the way

by which you should go,

take Christ, because He Himself is the way.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas 

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 month of april

The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The first nineteen days of the month fall during the season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple– a symbol of penance, mortification and sorrow of a contrite heart. The rest of April falls in the Easter season in which white, the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence, is the liturgical color.

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THE HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS FOR APRIL
General:  That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Missionary: That the risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation for 2014
In addition to EVERY SUNDAY
 
Holy Days of Obligation

The Holy Days of Obligation are the days (outside of Sundays) on which Catholics gather together to celebrate the mysteries of our faith as a community. This “obligation” is familial because we are responsible as a family of faith in mutually supporting one another. Gathering together in our parishes and communities on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation helps us to “encourage one another and build one another up…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Holy Days for 2014*

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2014 - Mary, Mother of God – a holy day of obligation
  • Sunday, June 1, 2014 - Ascension of the Lord – a holy day of obligation
  • Thursday, August 15, 2014 - Assumption of Mary – a holy day of obligation
  • Friday, November 1, 2014 - All Saints – a holy day of obligation
  • Monday, December 9, 2014 - Immaculate Conception – transferred to Monday, not a holy day of obligation
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2014 - Christmas – always a holy day
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2015 - Mary, Mother of God – a holy day of obligation

*Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated. 

Other important liturgical days:

  • Ash Wednesday: March 5, 2014
  • Palm Sunday: April 13, 2014
  • Holy Thursday: April 17, 2014
  • Good Friday: April 18, 2014
  • Easter Sunday: April 20, 2014
  • Pentecost Sunday: June 8 , 2014
  • The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sunday, June 22, 2014
  • The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Friday, June 27, 2014
  • First Sunday of Advent: November 30, 2014

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On Angels…

Fr.Reginald Martin

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in his Summa Theologica, “It is … manifest that as regards things to be done human knowledge and affection can … fail from good in many ways; and so it was necessary that angels should be deputed for the guardianship of men, in order to regulate them and move them to good.”

But St. Thomas was a latecomer when it came to embracing the comforting theology of guardian angels. St. Bernard preached about them 200 years earlier, and Sts. Basil and Jerome 600 years before him. They based their faith, of course, on the Scripture passage in which Jesus admonishes his listeners, “See that you do not despise not one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Mt 18:10).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels” (No. 334), and “from its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession” (No. 336). Belief in a personal guardian angel is not an article of faith, but is a logical conclusion from Jesus’ words, which apply to every person, not only baptized Christians.

Guardian Angels

 Love is the flower,
 
Mercy is the fruit.
 
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The Eight Beatitudes form the core of the Christian life. As Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, they are the “promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example.” That happiness is not in the future but now for those who conform their lives to Christ.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

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Lo,there he hangs,
Dying figure pinned against the wood.
God, grant that I might love Him
even as I should.
I draw a little closer to share His love divine,
and I softly hear Him whisper,
“Oh foolish child of mine, if now I should embrace you,
My hands would stain you red,
and if I bent to kiss you,
My thorns would pierce your head.”
‘Twas then I learned in meekness
That Love demands a price;
‘Twas then I knew that sorrow was just
The Kiss of Christ.

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“You can reach heaven

from any place on earth.”

St. Samthann

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“Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory! Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you…”

BOOK OF TOBIT 12:6

  

 Powerful Daily Prayer

Angelus

This is the famous painting about a famous prayer:

In this 19th century work by the French painter Jean-Francois Millet, a farming couple prays the Angelus.

the “Angelus”

This prayer is well suited to the artist’s subject matter: two humble people paying homage to our Lord and His Blessed Mother in the Hail Mary, as well as in Gospel verses recalling His Incarnation as the Word entered the World. Its name comes from its opening words in Latin, “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ.”

This wonderful prayer evolved from a recitation of three Hail Mary’s following an evening bell around the 12th century to its present form (with morning and midday recitations) in the 16th century.

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
   
 Hail Mary, full of grace,
    The Lord is with Thee;
    Blessed art thou among women,
    And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners,
    Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
    Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
    Hail Mary, etc.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

May the Divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse, as shown above.

Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, you can pray it at anytime especially at NOON. It is still accompanied by the ringing of a bell (the Angelus bell) in some places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland.  

Suggestion:  Set the alarm on your cell phone for 12:00 noon, to remind you to stop the busyness of the world for a moment to pray this powerful prayer.

A PRAYER BY ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

My LORD Jesus Christ, Who because of Your love for men remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament, full of pity and of love, awaiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present here on the altar. I adore You, and I thank You for all the graces You have bestowed on me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me Your most holy Mother Mary to plead for me, and for having called me to visit You in this church.

I now salute Your most loving Heart, and that for three ends: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, to make amends to You for all the outrages committed against You in this Sacrament by Your enemies; thirdly, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in the Blessed Sacrament and in which You are least honored and most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am very sorry for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. With the help of Your grace, I purpose never to offend You again. And now, unworthy though I am, I consecrate myself to You without reserve. I renounce and give entirely to You my will, my affection, my desires and all that I possess. For the future, dispose of me and all I have as You please.

All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly. I recommend to You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who had the greatest devotion to
the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.

Finally, my dear Saviour, I unite all my desires with the desires of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to the Eternal Father, and beseech Him, in Your name and for love of You, to accept and grant them. Amen.

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The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

JESUS

Jesus, believe in me as I believe in You. (petition)

So I can continue to walk on reaching out to others. Amen.

CANDLE“Try always to advance more in charity; enlarge your heart with confidence for the divine gifts which the Holy Spirit is anxious to pour into it.”  St. Padre Pio

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 ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA

is often called the Lily of the Mohawks.  Born in 1656 near modern-day Auriesville, NY, Kateri converted to Christianity as a teenager.  Rebuked by her tribe for her new faith, she fled to Canada, where she spent the rest of her short life living within a Christian mission.  Vowed to chastity and devoted particularly to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Holy Cross, Kateri spent long hours in church conversing prayerfully with her Savior.  A serious illness toward the end of her life allowed Kateri to conform herself more perfectly to Christ Crucified.  Finally succumbing to her illness, Kateri died peacefully just before her 24th birthday.

Pope John Paul II beatified Kateri in 1980, making her the first Native American to receive this honor. On December 19, 2011, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVl signed a decree acknowledging a  miracle attributed to the intervention of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, (1656-1680) the first native North American to be raised to sainthood. She was canonized on October 21, 2012.

As a side note, “Kateri” is a French-Indian derivation of “Catherine.”  When she was baptized, Kateri took St. Catherine of Siena as her heavenly patron.

Home Page – Kateri Shrine – Fonda, NY

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“Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold

them frequently in spirit.

Without being seen, they are present with you.”

St. Francis de Sales

PRAYER TO THE INFANT OF PRAGUE
 
O Infant of Prague, who said, “The more you honor me, the more I will bless you,” give us the strength to bear the burden of daily life in this sinful world. Give us a firm purpose of amendment and a resolve to lead a better life. Help us endure our afflictions and sorrows with patience and courage. Finally, O beloved Infant King if it be your will grant my petition (mention petition here). But whatever you choose, give me the strength to submit to your will in all things. Amen.
 
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LORD, JESUS CHRIST, I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR MY SINS. HAVE MERCY ON ME. In Your name, JESUS, I ask You for the grace to forgive myself. I ask your forgiveness for hurting others. I ask for the grace to forgive all those who have hurt me in this life, and especially the one person who has hurt me the most. I renounce forever Satan, ALL the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self Lord JESUS, now and forever, you are my Lord, God, SAVIOR AND REDEEMER. Please heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, mind and spirit for my greater service in Your Kingdom. Allow me to lead other souls to You through my good example. JESUS I trust in you! Come Lord JESUS, cover me with Your most precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, I praise You, I thank You, I glorify Your name, JESUS. I love You JESUS WITH MY WHOLE HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND MY WHOLE BEING. O’ Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with Holy Raphael the Archangel and all the holy Angels and Saints, pray for us! Amen.

 
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For those who believe in God no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not believe in God no explanation is possible.
Prologue to The Song of Bernadette.

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 Holy Raphael says in Chapter 12 in the

BOOK OF TOBIT  12:7-10

7 A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you.

Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold;

for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life;
10 but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies. 
 

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Rosary Meditation: to Jesus thru Mary

4th sorrowful mystery in the Domincan rosary Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross.

4th sorrow on the Servite Rosary Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross.

4th Station of the Cross: Jesus meets Mary

“O’ Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

“Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

 
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“Praise the Lord, who is so good!” (Psalm 136:1)

The  A-B-C’s of DIVINE MERCY

A- Ask for Mercy

B- Be Merciful

C- Completely trust in JESUS

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“Guard your eyes that they may not look upon anything contrary to purity; your ears, that they may not listen to evil conversation; your mind, by banishing from it all suggestive thoughts; your heart, by stifling impure desires at their very birth.”

– St. John Baptist de la Salle

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USCCB – (NAB) – New American Bible

Jesus is performing His miracles today as he did when He walked the face of this earth. The following are His documented miracles 2000 years ago. Go to our Testimonial page to read some of His healing miracles today through the intercession of the Holy Archangel Raphael.

MIRACLES OF JESUS CHRIST

Healing Miracles

Recipient Matthew Mark Luke John
Official’s son       4:46-54
Possessed man    1:21-27 4:33-37  
Peter’s in-law 8:14-15  1:29-31 4:38-39  
Many at sunset 8:16-17  1:32-39 4:40-41  
Leper 8:1-4  1:40-45 5:12-15  
Paralytic 9:1-8  2:1-12 5:18-26  
Man at Bethesda       5:1-17
Withered hand 12:9-13  3:1-6 6:6-11  
Crowd in Galilee 4:23-25      
Centurion’s son 8:5-13   7:1-10  
Widow’s son     7:11-17  
2 demoniacs 8:28-34  5:1-20 8:26-39  
Jairus daughter-1 9:18-19  5:22-24 8:41-42  
Unclean woman 9:20-22  5:24-34 8:49-56  
Jairus daughter-2 9:23-26  5:35-43 8:49-56  
2 blind men 9:27-31      
Dumb man 9:32-34      
Touching clothes 14:34-36  6:53-56    
Crowd in Galilee 9:35      
Few in Nazareth    6:1-6    
Gentile’s daughter 15:21-28  7:24-30    
Deaf man    7:31-37    
Multitude 15:29-31      
Epileptic boy 17:14-21  9:14-29 9:37-42  
Blind man        9:1-41
Blind/dumb man 12:22-24   11:14-15  
Man of Bethsaida    8:22-26    
Stooped woman     13:10-17  
Man with Dropsy     14:1-16  
Lazarus raised       11:1-45
Ten Lepers     17:11-19  
Crowds in Judea 19:1-2      
Bartimaeus 20:29-34 10:46-52 18:35-43  
Many in Jerusalem 21:14      
Ear of Malchus     22:47-53 18:10-11
Resurrection 28:1-10 16:1-20 24:1-53 20:1-31

Other Miracles

Event Matthew  Mark Luke John
Water to wine       2:1-11
1st catch of fish     5:1-11  
Calms a sea 8:23-27  4:35-41 8:22-25  
Feeds 5000 14:13-21  6:32-44 9:10-17 6:1-13
Walks on water 14:22-33  6:45-51   6:15-21
Feeds 4000 15:32-39  8:1-10    
Money in fish 17:24-27      
Tree withered 21:18-22 11:12-24    
2nd catch of fish       21:1-14
 
 
 The Works of Mercy

We must work in the Vineyard and not return to GOD

with empty hands! 

 THE CORPORAL ACTS
  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To visit the imprisoned;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To shelter the homeless;
  • To bury the dead.
THE SPIRITUAL ACTS
  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To admonish the sinner;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the sorrowful;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.