April 1, 2015
Holy Week is a time of great penance and reflection. It is the most important time to reflect on Jesus’s approach to the Cross. As Jesus’s Passion approaches, it is a special time to reflect on what He did for me, my family, and the World ; how Jesus willingly chose to go through torture, humiliation, and execution for ll of us, knowing that many would turn their backs on Him. I think about the twelve Apostles and their last week with Jesus before His Crucifixion on Good Friday. I will contemplate the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Scourging at the Pillar, and the rest of the sorrowful mysteries. Like St Ignatius of Loyola suggests : I will try to imagine being at these actual places and take part in what happened.
Look at Jesus’s hands as He turns the simple bread into His Body. Watch His hands as He holds the chalice of wine and turns it into His Blood. Watch Jesus wash the feet of His Apostle’s ; always teaching us through His Word and His action’s. Imagine the way Jesus felt knowing that Judas was going to betray him for thirty pieces of silver. Can you imagine? Betray your Creator, whom you just spent the last three years of your life with ?
To be honest, every time I commit a sin, I betray Jesus! Every time I sin, I add a lash to His Scourging. Every time I sin, Jesus sweats a tear of blood because of me. Every time I sin, I strike the nail through His hands and His feet. Every time I sin, I pierce our Lord through His precious side! Let me never forget dear Lord that you carried and assumed all of my personal sins onto yourself!
Jesus in His human nature, literally took all of the sins of mankind into and onto His body. Can you imagine the actual weight of all of mankind’s sins ; past, present, and future? I have a hard time living with my own sins, never mind someone else’s. Think about it. Can you imagine carrying around someone else’s sins? Jesus didn’t just do it for those who love Him. Jesus chose to take the sins of those who hate him to! Thank you Jesus!
Holy Week Video from Spain with a live link for Holy Week Events ! Click on En Directo and you will have live feed of Holy Week from Spain. Here is a link for the schedule of Holy Week events.
Here is a link to live Holy Week events in Spain!!!
Have a truly Holy Week !
How Do We Practice What We Learn?
September 18, 2014
Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed continued…
; the third day He rose again from the dead
In this post I am going to be not so much catechizing on What we believe, but more on how we put what we believe into practice. So, how we can practice and grow in our faith. It is of course an excellent practice to learn as much as one can about our beautiful Catholic Faith, but we must put this knowledge and faith into practice, to truly grow into a deeper more fruitful relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! All Catechesis, must be Christ-centered!!!
Being a member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate demands that we not just grow in our doctrinal and catechetical learning, but also spiritually. We need to have a balance of doctrinal and spiritual development, that balances ones complete make up as a Marian Catechist and as a member of the Church Militant on earth. I believe it can become a temptation at times to believe because we are learning about God, that we are getting to know God in a better way. I have to say that this is not always true. In fact, many of the so-called brightest theologians and scripture exegetes have turned out to be heretics, apostates and in some cases even atheists! One that immediately comes to mind is Martin Luther and John Calvin, their are many , many more. In fact, they are in our midst today ,and not just an anomaly of the distant past.
We can actually put into practice what we learn in the Articles of the Apostle’s Creed. How you say? Certainly, on Sundays and our Holy Days of obligation we attend Mass faithfully. Even more, if at all possible, we should be attending Holy Mass as often as possible, not just limited to the Holy Days of obligation. Their are other pious practices that will help us to grower closer to our Lord and His Holy Mother. The daily praying of the Holy Rosary is actually praying, and meditating on the Gospel itself! Another practice that Marian Catechists do is to pray the daily Angelus at least two times a day.
Traditionally, Wednesdays were a day to especially honour St Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and the chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I can tell you from personal experience, that St Joseph’s intercessory ability is awesome! He has helped me in many tough situations. Please build a strong relationship with this most great Saint, second only to Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) . Here is a link to an ancient prayer to St Joseph that I choose to say everyday, it can also be used as a 9 day Novena prayer. Once again, prayers to St Joseph are very powerful and always answered! This is what my patroness Saint, Teresa of Jesus says of St Joseph, “I know by experience,” says St. Teresa of Avila, “that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me.”
So on Fridays, in commemoration of Jesus’ Passion and Death on the Cross, we are obliged to perform some act of penance or mortification. Ouchhh!!! Did you say mortify? Yes, I did! This does not mean, nor do I suggest that you whip or flag yourself half to death. Some people still may do this, but any penance or mortification should also be discussed with one’s spiritual advisor! I am only touching on a couple suggestions. This can be as simple as abstaining from meat, or having a computer fast for that day. It is meant to help unite yourself with our Lord and His Passion and death. A small token to add to the Mystical Body in Heaven and Earth. It also helps us to aquire virtue, especially in temperance. Practicing penance and mortification helps by bringing our unruly passions into check through practice. Remember, we “practice our Faith”. I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth! It is a tough one for me, but its easier when I offer it up to our Blessed Lord ! It helps to bring that particular passion into check.
Of Course, we cannot forget the day dedicated to our Lady, Saturday. Saturday is the day that we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary. We honour our Lady, whose Faith remained unshaken on that Holy Saturday, and never faltered. She had Faith and Hope that Her most Holy Son, Jesus Christ would indeed rise from the dead, as He said He would. In honour of Her, we can light a votive candle for Our Lady’s intentions, or honour her by just spending a little more time meditating on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. For those who have a devotion to our Blessed Mother, I might suggest the book True Devotion to Mary by St Louis Marie de Monfort . This book is a masterpiece of Marian devotion and is a favourite of mine and was a favourite of St John Paul II. His papal motto “Totus Tuus”, meaning, all yours, was borrowed from St Louis de Monfort!
Til next time,
may Almighty God Bless us, and protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves!!!
Christ’s Capacity for Suffering
July 21, 2014
Fourth Article continued…..
It is a Dogma of the Church, ” De Fidei definita ” that Christ’s human nature was passible. Jesus chose to adopt passible flesh in order to make atonement for our sins, also to demonstrate the fact that He did have a human nature, and also to be a model of patience for mankind. The word passible isn’t a word that might be familiar to all. A quick definition of passible is “capable of feeling or suffering; susceptible to sensation or emotion.” Once again, Jesus chose and willed to suffer and die for us to make satisfaction for the sins of mankind. The reason I bring up the topic of Christ’s Capacity for Suffering is because it is important for us to realize what our Lord and Saviour did for us. His Passion, from the last supper to the Cross was all for us. Jesus was mocked, spat on, beaten, tortured over and over again and He could have stopped it at any moment, but He did not. He willingly, lovingly accepted all of the suffering to atone for ALL of OUR SINS ! How quickly do I flee from suffering, the smallest amount. I should remember what our Lord endured always, and ask Him to accept any suffering I have and use it to help convert the world to Our Lord! Do not waste your suffering my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, offer it to the Lord and His Immaculate Mother for the conversion of the world to the Catholic Church! Jesus didn’t have the distractions of mind that you and I have, if anything Jesus felt perfectly every single blow by the Roman guards and Jewish Temple police. He felt every thorn and every sensation of the pain that coursed through His precious body. When His precious body was scourged at the pillar, He experienced every lash of satans whip much more than you or I could because of His innocence. The wood of the Cross that He willingly chose to carry to the spot of crucifixion, would He have not experienced the weight of that cross like no other, of course. Jesus truly experienced every single moment of His Passion in the true present like no other, He experienced every feeling of pain, loss and suffering. He fully experienced the human emotions of being falsely accused, abandoned by His best friends, how it is to be jailed and tortured. He was made fun of, and mocked in the cruelest possible way. He did all of this for us. How do we pay Him back? We can’t!
But we can say thank you, we can pray, we can try and love even those whom we may not like. We can go to Church regularly and visit the most Blessed Sacrament, we can use the Sacraments that He left for us, we can give alms to the needy. We can tithe to the Church, something many Catholics resist. So many blessings come from tithing, truly, don’t be afraid to tithe, the blessings will be tenfold! We can truly honour our earthly father and mother and follow the commandments and the precepts of the Church and realize that they are for us, for our happiness. We can evangelize our friends, family and co-workers. These are just a couple of ways we can say thank you to Our Dear Lord! Thank you Jesus, thank you for all you have done and all you do for us all!!! In JM+JT Lee