Pope's Encyclical:
The Joy of the Gospel

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  Does anyone know who this "heretic" was?!  To whom is Pope Francis referring?
  Please let me know:  jdwomi@gmail.com 

"Many thinkers in the Church were persecuted, as well. I think of one, now, at this moment, not so far from us: a man of good will, a prophet indeed, who, in his writings reproached the Church for having lost the way of the Lord. He was summoned in short order, his books were placed on the index [the list of works that were banned or restricted to experts because of their problematic, erroneous and even heretical content], they took away his teaching positions – and thus, this man’s life ended – and it was not so long ago. [Now] time has passed, and today he is Blessed. How is it, though, that he, who yesterday was a heretic, is today a Blessed of the Church? It is because yesterday, those who had power wanted to silence him because they did not like what he was saying. Today the Church, who, thanks be to God knows (how to) repent, says, ‘No, this man is good!’. Moreover, he is on the way to sainthood: He is a Blessed.”  - Pope Francis, homily of April 4, 2014

April 24  

Thursday of Easter Week

World Tuberculosis Day

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

 

Today's Bible readings

 


A very disturbing article. Shame USA, shame, shame, shame!
Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers at US prison

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Why I collect rubbish for Pope

Taking a stand

Navigation Aids      

  Standing up to bullies

"Reform of reform" agenda

Too Western/European 

Abortion - a true story

"Same-sex marriage": two elephants
 in the men's room
     

     Near Death Experiences

Globalisation of Indifference

Tale of Two Brains


John W's other sites: 

www.doctorjesus.org

www.riccicenter.com 

www.simplebible.info 

www.china8.org 

  www.jesustower.com 

www.oneminuteenglish.com 

China Library
 - essential reading for anyone interested
 in China's Christian history

 

 



 

 

 

 


One man reflects on a drug war—and market—without end

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For Communism he was:
The most dangerous enemy in the world

On the other hand:
Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II


Bishops' border Mass may have epitomized a return to witness

A late April 1 joke???

Cardinal Bertone's lavish 6,500-square-foot Vatican apartment

Brunei's Sharia law switch threatens Christianity

Pope
 Francis

Full text

 

143. The challenge of an inculturated preaching consists in proclaiming a synthesis, not ideas or detached values. Where your synthesis is, there lies your heart. 

The difference between enlightening people with a synthesis and doing so with detached ideas is like the difference between boredom and heartfelt fervour. The preacher has the wonderful but difficult task of joining loving hearts, the hearts of the Lord and his people.

 The dialogue between God and his people further strengthens the covenant between them and consolidates the bond of charity. In the course of the homily, the hearts of believers keep silence and allow God to speak. 

The Lord and his people speak to one another in a thousand ways directly, without intermediaries. But in the homily they want someone to serve as an instrument and to express their feelings in such a way that afterwards, each one may chose how he or she will continue the conversation

The word is essentially a mediator and requires not just the two who dialogue but also an intermediary who presents it for what it is, out of the conviction that “what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” 


Yesterday at Hei Ling Chau Drug Treatment Centre, an inmate asked about a book I promised to give him some weeks ago. When I checked my notebook, I found I'd forgotten his book, so I said sorry and promised to bring it next time ...to which he wittily replied in court room judicial language: "that's ok. I give you another chance"!

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


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John W
   mini-Blog

On yesterday's blog, below, a video from China in 2005.

Today, another video from China - English classes in Zhaoqing in 2007

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Thursday, please bless the people of South East Asia & the Pacific

On this 24th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Inner Mongolia
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

   China 'world's most Christian nation' in 15 years

April 23  

Wednesday of Easter Week

World Book and Copyright Day,
 
English Language Day

Today's Bible readings

YouTube of today's first reading:
Walking and leaping

 


Chris McDonnell
(Wed UK blogger)

Walking a dusty road together  (A beautiful reflection on today's Gospel)

The Joy of the Gospel asks each one of us to walk beside others whose journey may be difficult and whose feet are sore. The arm to lean on, the hand on the shoulder, the attentive listening to their story, all are reflective of the Emmaus Road

atican II - Renewal (2)

Hans Küng: 
 
Letter to bishops  

Revolution to stop authoritarianism 

Fr Joseph Ratzinger: 
Writings on Vat II 

Robert Mickens:  
Vatican Implosion

Nicholas Lash:     Vatican II: 
Of Happy Memory - and Hope?

Robert McNally:  
Crisis & Criticism in the Church 

Priests 9 Masses a day
 - need to ordain married men

The evil of compulsory celibacy

Link between compulsory celibacy and sexual abuse

Why are women not being
 ordained to priesthood?
   (updated)


This website's 
Reflections on the 16 documents
 of Vatican II 

 

 

 


Ethnic massacre in South Sudan
Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic church, the United Nations said.
Let's keep SS in our daily prayers:
Jesus, Risen Lord, please give peace to South Sudan

Reflection of an inmate in a Hong Kong prison:
When a child is born
Often when a child fails, or does not live up to his parents’ expectations, they experience disappointment, forgetting that that ‘failure’ may well be the path to success. God, of course, has no plans for anyone to fail, but can use each failure as a lesson

Chicago police face overwhelming gun crime as 45 people shot over weekend  (Jesus, please help US bite the bullet on gun laws)

Happy Birthday! Frederick Ozanam  An inspiration for people aged around 20!

Wealth inequality is back with a vengeance
In many developed countries the top 10 per cent, and even more worryingly the top 1 per cent, control an increasing proportion of their country's wealth

North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime

A plague of killer robots

Francis encountering curial opposition, cardinal says

Bishops need to be courageous, listen to the people 
(re married men being ordained priests)

1984 Document criticised Tridentine Mass permission


Pope Francis

 

Full text

 
Words which set hearts on fire

142. Dialogue is much more than the communication of a truth. It arises from the enjoyment of speaking and it enriches those who express their love for one another through the medium of words. This is an enrichment which does not consist in objects but in persons who share themselves in dialogue. 

A preaching which would be purely moralistic or doctrinaire, or one which turns into a lecture on biblical exegesis, detracts from this heart-to-heart communication which takes place in the homily and possesses a quasi-sacramental character: “Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ”. 

In the homily, truth goes hand in hand with beauty and goodness. Far from dealing with abstract truths or cold syllogisms, it communicates the beauty of the images used by the Lord to encourage the practise of good.

 The memory of the faithful, like that of Mary, should overflow with the wondrous things done by God. Their hearts, growing in hope from the joyful and practical exercise of the love which they have received, will sense that each word of Scripture is a gift before it is a demand.


Three prisoners are being executed via firing squad. The police are about to execute the first one when he yells EARTHQUAKE!
The police go running and the prisoner escapes before the police realize there's no earthquake. 
Right before they execute the second one, he yells TORNADO!
Of course, there is no tornado, but the prisoner escapes before the police reralize that.
It was the turn for the third to be executed. The police go "Readyyy... Aim..."....and the third man yells "FIRE!"

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


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John W
   mini-Blog
The Easter Monday public holiday gave me a chance to catch up on a few things, one of which I've been meaning to do for some 9 years! - to put on line a 2005 TV video report of my team's work for the poor in Zhaoqing, China.  The TV report is now linked at this file of photos of the visit.  TV report is in Chinese, but its pictures are worth checking 

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Wednesday, please bless the people of East Asia

On this 23rd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Guangxi
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

What does it mean that
 Jesus is risen?


 It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death

It means that the love of God can transform our lives and let desert places in our hearts bloom

Pope Francis,  Easter 2013

April 22  

Tuesday of Easter Week

 

International Mother Earth Day 
Theme this year:   Green Cities

Today's Bible readings
In the Gospels, the first person
 to see the Risen Jesus is ..........
?


 

Ron Nikkel:  Jesus Incognito
 Why Mary did not recognize him is a mystery; if ever there was someone she should have recognized it was the man who was her friend and teacher, the man she dearly loved.  How could she have mistaken Jesus for the gardener?  
If Jesus was standing next to us or walking down the street with us or grilling fish on the shore of a lake – would we recognize him?

Vatican II & Renewal (1)

16 Documents of Vatican II

A Call to Action
Assn Catholic Priests Ireland

Bp Pat Power
Bp Geoff Robinson
Bruce Duncan
Catalyst for Renewal
Catholica
Catholics for Ministry  
Catholics for Renewal 
STANDUP4VATICAN2
The Swag
VII - Voice of the Church

We Are Church

 


Excellent articles on Mission
 
Hugh McMahon SSC

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 The Sacred Treasure of the Poor

“I have finally come to realize why Jesus has such a passionate love, yes, a passionate love for the poor and the outcasts. He could see clearly how an arrogant and self-righteous society had stripped millions of his poor of their dignity and pride as God’s children and reduced them, even in their own eyes, to nothing more than unwanted trash. Now I understand why he took pride in identifying himself as the Good Shepherd and homeless himself, because he himself was treated by the leaders of his own people as trash to be eliminated.”


 

Growing up behind bars: 1,500 children being raised by parents in Bolivian jails 

 

John Allen:
What the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II tell us 

Pope
 Francis

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141. One cannot but admire the resources that the Lord used to dialogue with his people, to reveal his mystery to all and to attract ordinary people by his lofty teachings and demands.

 I believe that the secret lies in the way Jesus looked at people, seeing beyond their weaknesses and failings: “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” ; Jesus preaches with that spirit. 

Full of joy in the Spirit, he blesses the Father who draws the little ones to him: “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes”. The Lord truly enjoys talking with his people; the preacher should strive to communicate that same enjoyment to his listeners


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how I helped bail out an inmate who asked for help.  Since then that inmate has been doing a few jobs for me. Last week another inmate (in a separate section of the prison, with no access to first inmate) asked for bail out help. I told him I'd get someone (the first inmate) to take the bail money to court for him today. When I showed the first inmate the name of the second inmate he looked stunned: second inmate was the guy he had a fight with ....which is why both were in detention .....with the same bail (HK$500...which neither could afford)....both due to go to court at same trial at end of next month.  Both men now aware of what's happening today ....and have promised to be friends in the future. 

This website's Tanzania File  (updated yesterday with news re two new African women arrested at HK airport recently)
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


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John W
   mini-Blog

Noticing God's presence in a busy city (c.f. yesterday's mini-Blog, below):

Yesterday I spotted God on the metro ....in the form of kindness ....when a teenage girl  gave up her seat for an old lady  

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please bless the people of South Asia

On this 22nd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Zhejiang
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

Full text of Pope's Easter Message ...which becomes a beautiful prayer as he goes along

Foster love as globe celebrates Easter
(Editorial, The Citizen, Tanzania)

We are an Easter people
- a grandmother with cancer

          

              April 21 

         Easter Monday

 

 

 

Today's Bible readings

The day after Easter we joyfully keep thinking about what happened - like supporters whose team yesterday won the Grand Final!


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Darlene Starrs

(Canada)

Happy Easter Everyone! 

Ordaining married men might well stymie the cause of women, however, with a precedent in place, where local Churches are encouraged to solve particular ecclesial problems, it seems reasonable to assume that the solution of ordaining women is a future possibility

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Daniel Daring
Easter Reflection:

He saw and believed
To believe that Jesus is alive means to commune with Him, to recall His words recorded in the Gospels, and to sense His presence when everything tries to tell you that He is absent

On Good Friday the theme of financial greed was mentioned in Pope Francis' services. As I thought about this, the phrase "economic apartheid" came to mind as a description of what is happening in the world.  

When I Googled "economic apartheid" I found a book with this very title. A book written some years ago which raises the same concerns as Pope Francis. In fact, one review of the book, at this Amazon link, has the words: "the old claim that this wealth trickles down to benefit others is simply false, and Collins and Yeskel give facts and figures to demonstrate its falsity".  This is the same claim that Francis makes. See this Washington Post report: Pope denounces "trickle-down" economics.

Bottom line: in the same way that people around the world exposed and opposed apartheid in South Africa until it collapsed, so now people around the world need to expose and oppose "economic apartheid" until it collapses


Police accused of missing chance to catch major crime bosses


Church leaders attack asylum policies

Interactive Bible Quiz - Genesis

Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!

Pope
 Francis

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140. This setting, both maternal and ecclesial, in which the dialogue between the Lord and his people takes place, should be encouraged by the closeness of the preacher, the warmth of his tone of voice, the unpretentiousness of his manner of speaking, the joy of his gestures

Even if the homily at times may be somewhat tedious, if this maternal and ecclesial spirit is present, it will always bear fruit, just as the tedious counsels of a mother bear fruit, in due time, in the hearts of her children.


Seen on tea shirt in HK:
Nobody's perfect.
I am nobody

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


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John W
   mini-Blog

To counter a feeling of sadness that Easter means so little to most people in Hong Kong, I reflected yesterday on Pope Francis' words: look for God's presence in a busy city. So, as I walked along the road to Tai Lam Prison, I thought about God's presence in the ground we walk on, in the trees and plants and flowers by the road, in the birds of the air, in the kindness of people helping each other (especially parents helping tiny children and people helping older people....where there is love, God is there), in the service and patience of bus drivers, in the cloud above (a reminder of the Holy Spirit) etc etc.  Our job as humans: to be more aware of God's presence, to grow in appreciation of his love, to discover his love in our world, in our lives, in our hearts ....and respond to that love.

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Monday, please bless the people of Europe and Russia

On this 21st of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Yunnan
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

April 20  EASTER  SUNDAY

Readings & Reflection (ACP)

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
The One who is ever-present
“Do not be afraid; go an tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me”.  Jesus does not go away; He goes ahead. He goes ahead of us to our homes and work places.  “The living Jesus” is an ever-present reality in the lives of His believers whether in Galilee, Rome or any other city, town, and village of the world

At this link (thank you Peter for sending it!)


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Holy Saturday: Waiting to cross over
At the very point of our failure and betrayals, when we taste our own impotence and limit, if we are not afraid to live in his absence, we discover him.

Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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Newness, harmony, mission

Engagements of Pope Francis

Zenit.org - reports from Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for checking
 this website each day

 


 

St Paul on Metro/Tube/MTR!
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Little girl telling the story of Jonah
 - brilliant!

 

 


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Pope's Good Friday services:  Financial greed condemned

60 Minutes - Video and full script: 
Pope Francis' first year filled with surprises


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Finding strength, community in the washing of feet
My husband and I chose to wash one another's feet during our wedding ceremony as a symbol of our love for each other and for our world
(... many more wedding feet washing photos here!)

Making a Mess in the Abbey Church: Foot Washing 2014
- check comment #4 re bishop washing feet at women's prison!


The story of Betty Wong in Hong Kong
- why she is very unpopular with HK netizens

(If anyone can find this story in Chinese media, please let me know: jdwomi@gmail.com )


The Seedy Side of Sainthood: John Paul II Canonized Too Fast?

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'Heaven is for Real' is a compelling story, not a canned sermon

c.f. my file: Near Death Experiences 


Melbourne's Father Bob Maguire turns to hip hop in bid to tackle homelessness


Pope
 Francis

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139. We said that the people of God, by the constant inner working of the Holy Spirit, is constantly evangelizing itself. What are the implications of this principle for preachers? 

It reminds us that the Church is a mother, and that she preaches in the same way that a mother speaks to her child, knowing that the child trusts that what she is teaching is for his or her benefit, for children know that they are loved. 

Moreover, a good mother can recognize everything that God is bringing about in her children, she listens to their concerns and learns from them. The spirit of love which reigns in a family guides both mother and child in their conversations; therein they teach and learn, experience correction and grow in appreciation of what is good.

 Something similar happens in a homily. The same Spirit who inspired the Gospels and who acts in the Church also inspires the preacher to hear the faith of God’s people and to find the right way to preach at each Eucharist

Christian preaching thus finds in the heart of people and their culture a source of living water, which helps the preacher to know what must be said and how to say it.

 Just as all of us like to be spoken to in our mother tongue, so too in the faith we like to be spoken to in our “mother culture,” our native language, and our heart is better disposed to listen. This language is a kind of music which inspires encouragement, strength and enthusiasm.


Easter - we again use "Alleluia" (after not using it for 6 weeks of Lent). So, this alleluia joke:

A man bought a donkey from a preacher. The preacher told the man that this donkey had been trained in a very unique way (being the donkey of a preacher). The only way to make the donkey go, was to say, "Hallelujah!" The only way to make the donkey stop, was to say, "Amen!"

The man was pleased with his purchase and immediately got on the animal to try out the preacher's instructions.
"Hallelujah!" shouted the man. The donkey began to trot. "Amen!" shouted the man. The donkey stopped immediately.

"This is great!" said the man. With a "Hallelujah" he rode off, very proud of his new purchase.

The man traveled for a long time through the mountains. As he headed towards a cliff, he tried to remember the word to make the donkey stop. "Stop," said the man. "Halt!" he cried. The donkey just kept going.

"Oh, no..." ..."Bible...Church!...Please! Stop!!," shouted the man. The donkey just began to trot faster. He was getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

Finally, in desperation, the man said a prayer..."Please, dear Lord. Please make this donkey stop before I go off the end of this mountain, In Jesus name, AMEN."

The donkey came to an abrupt stop just one step from the edge of the cliff.

"HALLELUJAH!" shouted the man.


This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


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John W
   mini-Blog

A few days ago in a detention centre hospital, a 40 year old man said to me "I'm back again for using drugs. I don't feel like living. I can't stop taking drugs, and each time I go back on drugs, I'm put back in detention. My situation is hopeless".
I gave him a copy of Dr Jesus (with stories of many hopeless situations being changed), a copy of the Simple Bible (by which many people in hopeless situations have received new energy and courage to rebuild their lives) and a copy of Dook Hoi (the story of a famous HK addict who came off drugs after being arrested and put in detention about a dozen times), with a prayer that the books would light a fire of faith in his heart to discover the power of the Risen Lord, the Source of Hope

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless the people of Africa

On this 20th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Sichuan
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

April 19 HOLY  SATURDAY

Bishop Bill Wright's 2014 Easter Message:  

YouTube      Text

 

  Bible readings  (for tonight's Easter Vigil)

 

There are about 3,000 people on Death Row in the US. Most countries no longer have a Death Row, since the death penalty has been abolished.  Yesterday as I shared some Good Friday thoughts at a service for prison inmates, it struck me that when "Adam & Eve" chose death instead of life, they consigned themselves and their descendants to Death Row.  A staggering thought: I was born on Death Row!  Meaning: no access to eternal life, Heaven shut. Then as in A Tale of Two Cities and as in the true story of St Maximillian Kolbe,  someone took my place and I was freed from Death Row. Someone died in my place...on Good Friday....and then rose from the dead to destroy the power of death. "And we will live for ever more because of Christmas Day" ...and Good Friday...and Easter Sunday".    What place closed down some time after 3pm Good Friday?


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Pope Francis kisses feet of women and Muslim man in Maundy Thursday rite (Guardian)

HuffPost report (with video)     MailOnLine report

The unjust treatment
 of Bishop Bill Morris

 

 

Tribalism lives on, 
for better and for worse

 



 

 

 

 


Tanzanian man on a cross for nine years now
- tied to cross on top of his roof for 4 hours each day during Lent 

Vatican and bishops' conferences urged to consider married priests following signal from Pope Francis

Pope
 Francis

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138. The homily cannot be a form of entertainment like those presented by the media, yet it does need to give life and meaning to the celebration. It is a distinctive genre, since it is preaching situated within the framework of a liturgical celebration; hence it should be brief and avoid taking on the semblance of a speech or a lecture

A preacher may be able to hold the attention of his listeners for a whole hour, but in this case his words become more important than the celebration of faith. If the homily goes on too long, it will affect two characteristic elements of the liturgical celebration: its balance and its rhythm. 

When preaching takes place within the context of the liturgy, it is part of the offering made to the Father and a mediation of the grace which Christ pours out during the celebration. This context demands that preaching should guide the assembly, and the preacher, to a life-changing communion with Christ in the Eucharist. This means that the words of the preacher must be measured, so that the Lord, more than his minister, will be the centre of attention.


Holy Saturday tomb joke:
There were once some music fanatics who were fascinated with the works of Ludwig von Beethoven. They listened to, and played everything that he had ever written. Finally, after years of saving, they went to Europe to see where this legend had been buried.
When they got to the cemetery, they found the tomb where his body had been laid. However, one of the fanatics saw that the door was left slightly ajar. They turned to each other, wondering if they should look in, or shut the door. They decided to look in, just out of curiosity.
Upon looking in the tomb, they saw a very strange sight. Beethoven was sitting at a desk, frantically erasing copies of everything he had ever written! "Beethoven, sir!," one of them exclaimed, "What are you doing?!"
Beethoven turned calmly to the group, and answered them. "I'm decomposing..."

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Yesterday at Hei Ling Chau Drug Treatment Centre, I had a prayer service with about a dozen older inmates who are regarded as "impossible to help". Began with washing of feet (after reading out loud together John 13.1-15), then  reading together of the Passion (sections of Matthew 26-27), then veneration of the Cross, then Communion.  For Communion we stood in a circle and then knelt in a circle, asking Jesus for hope and courage

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The liturgical context

137. It is worthy remembering that “the liturgical proclamation of the word of God, especially in the eucharistic assembly, is not so much a time for meditation and catechesis as a dialogue between God and his people, a dialogue in which the great deeds of salvation are proclaimed and the demands of the covenant are continually restated”.

 The homily has special importance due to its eucharistic context: it surpasses all forms of catechesis as the supreme moment in the dialogue between God and his people which lead up to sacramental communion. The homily takes up once more the dialogue which the Lord has already established with his people

 The preacher must know the heart of his community, in order to realize where its desire for God is alive and ardent, as well as where that dialogue, once loving, has been thwarted and is now barren 



The cardinal joked that he likes prison Masses because the congregants "are the only people who never come late or leave early and don't care how long I preach!"
(See above, Cardinal Dolan story)

1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given


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Good Friday was when a young Eugene de Mazenod was tsunamied by the love of Jesus.
May Good Friday always have a powerful effect on our hearts .... and give us courage to live better lives as Christians

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