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Do Not Be Afraid, Go And Tell The Word That Jesus Is Alive. 

Do Not Be Afraid, Go And Tell The Word That Jesus Is Alive. 


*Do not be Afraid; Go and Tell The World that Jesus is Alive*

_(Monday 22nd April 2019. Read Acts 2:14-33, Psalm 16 and Matthew 28:8-15)_

_*“And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me’” (Matthew 28:9-10).*_

When Jesus appeared to the women, the first thing He said was: “Do not be afraid…” The simple truth is that we cannot preach Christ by word and example unless we grow above our fears. So long as fear lingers in our hearts, we cannot convince the world of our faith.

Fear pulls us down. Fear is that second voice that makes a mockery of our Faith. Fear is responsible for our double-mindedness at times when it comes to the things of God. Fear prevents us from speaking the truth thereby making us tools in the hands of the evil ones.

The soldiers who witnessed the resurrection went to the chief priests to report what had happened, but rather than spreading the message to the whole world, they were silenced with money. Just as Judas betrayed Jesus because of money, the soldiers who guarded the tomb, the first witnesses preferred money to speaking the truth.

The soldiers could not spread the truth because of money. Could it also be the case that our love for money acts as an obstacle in preventing us from spreading the message of Christ? Could it be the case that I am not able to tell the world about Jesus because I am too afraid of losing money?

In our first reading, we saw how Peter got up to give an address on the day of Pentecost. This was the same Peter who was too afraid to own up before a little maid that he was one of Jesus’s disciples. The same Peter who denied ever knowing Christ. Fear is truly a weapon Satan uses against us.

Dear friends, let nothing stop you. *Jesus is no longer in the tomb, He has triumphed over death*. Let nothing frighten you, not even a death threat should prevent you from speaking boldly about Christ. *Go and tell the world that Jesus is Risen*.

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, give me the courage to face my fears especially those preventing me from serving you wholeheartedly, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of Easter Octave. Bible Study: Acts 2:14-33, Psalm 16 and Matthew 28:8-15).*

-Fr. Abu.

Prophesy: The Chastisement Will Begin With France. 

Prophesy: The Chastisement Will Begin With France. 


​PROPHESY: “The chastisements will begin with Paris.”

“In Rome, the storm will be the blackest. The storm of Rome is even worse than the storm in France. All the wrath of the ungodly is in Rome. All the anger of the wicked is focused on the Holy See. (But), The chastisements will begin with Paris”

– (Marie Julie Jahenny Catholic Mystic Stigmatic).

“Tell them, Father, that many times the Most Holy Virgin told my cousins Francisco and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many nations will disappear from the face of the earth. She said that Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation.

– (Sister Lucy of Fatima to Father Fuentes 1957).

The Madonna speaks: “The hour of the justice of God is close, and will be terrible!” “Tremendous scourges are impending over the world, and various nations are struck by epidemics, famines, great earthquakes, terrific hurricanes, with overflowing rivers and seas, which bring ruin and death.” “If the people do not recognize in these scourges (of nature) the warnings of Divine Mercy, and do not return to God with truly Christian living, ANOTHER TERRIBLE WAR WILL COME FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST. RUSSIA WITH HER SECRET ARMIES WILL BATTLE AMERICA; WILL OVERRUN EUROPE. The river Rhine will be overflowing with corpses and blood. Italy, also, will be harassed by a great revolution, and the Pope will suffer terribly.”

– (Prophecy of Blessed Elena Aiello Stigmatic).

Brave Priest Miraculously Saves The Blessed Sacrament And The Crown Of Thorns During The Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral. 

Brave Priest Miraculously Saves The Blessed Sacrament And The Crown Of Thorns During The Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral. 

If death cannot claim a victory, neither can fire.

It’s not every day that someone performs an act of bravery that simultaneously expresses the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, but Father Jean-Marc Fournier, did just that. As the flames engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Monday, Father Fournier—who serves as the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade—ran into the cathedral with a team of firefighters to save the Blessed Sacrament and Jesus’ Crown of Thorns.  

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Before the fire and after the fire pictures of the Notre Dame Cathedral

As MSN reports:

Father Fournier is an absolute hero,’ a member of the emergency services said.

He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear.’

There is a popular narrative going around about the Catholic priests of the world that paints them in a very bad light, as though the crimes of some are the crimes of all. But as I read this account of Father Fournier, one thing kept coming to mind. I truly believe that every priest I personally know, when put in that same situation, would have done exactly the same thing. That is not to discount the heroic actions of Father Fournier; quite the contrary, it is to exalt the very dignity of the priesthood itself and the quiet heroism of those who live up to their callings.

To be sure, watching the fire of Notre Dame will go down as one of those “Where were you when?” moments, and each of us Catholics will have a lasting impression. And in addition to Father’s act of heroism, there was something else that struck me about these events that will remain with me.

There are those who believe that the Catholic Faith has been abandoned by both clergy and laity alike. They are wrong. There are still priests like Father Fournier. There are French children who tearfully said the Rosary outside their beloved cathedral. There are those who sang songs in prayer to their Heavenly Mother. There are Catholics, not only in France but around the world, who prayed for the safety of the brave fire fighters as they attempted to save their nation’s precious treasure.

There are reports that the Catholic Faith in France has been lost. That’s not what I saw yesterday. Rather, yesterday’s events served as a reminder that Our Lady has a special love for the people of France that fire cannot destroy nor diminish, and that many Catholics in France return that love.

There were many news outlets that claimed that Notre Dame had been destroyed—that the terrible fire would finally erase the place of worship for many Catholics. There may even be those who are so hostile to the Catholic Faith that they celebrated the destruction. But, especially as pledges of millions of euros are made to rebuild the cathedral, we have every reason to believe the events of this terrible fire will serve instead to strengthen the faith of Catholics in France and around the world.

On Sunday, Catholics everywhere will celebrate Easter once again. Once again, we will be reminded of how Jesus conquered death with His Resurrection. As First Corinthians puts it, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

If death cannot claim a victory, neither can fire. And in this light, with our eyes continually focused on the death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, we might ask, Fire, where is your victory?

The Man Of Sorrows – Wednesday Of Holy Week. 

The Man Of Sorrows – Wednesday Of Holy Week. 


​THE MAN OF SORROWS.

Wednesday of Holy Week.

Presence of God – O suffering Jesus, grant that I may read in Your Passion Your love for me.

MEDITATION

[Two passages from the prophet Isaiah contain lessons] (62:11 – 63:1-7; 53:1-12) which describe in a very impressive way the figure of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. It is the suffering Christ who presents Himself to us, covered with the shining purple of His Blood, wounded from head to foot. “Why then is Thy apparel red, and Thy garments like theirs that tread in the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the Gentiles there is not a man with Me.” All alone Jesus trod the winepress of His Passion. Let us think of His agony in the Garden of Olives, where the vehemence of His grief covered all His members with a bloody sweat. Let us think of the moment when Pilate, after having Him scourged, brought Him before the mob, saying: “Behold the Man!” Jesus stood there, His head crowned with thorns, His flesh lacerated by the whips; the brilliant red of His Blood mingled with the purple of His cloak, that cloak of derision with which the soldiers had clothed their mock king. Christ was offering Himself as a sacrifice for men, shedding His Blood for their salvation, and men were abandoning Him. “I looked about and there was none to help; I sought, and there was none to give aid” [Is 63:5] (Roman Missal). Where were the sick whom He had cured, the blind, who at the touch of His Hand had recovered their sight, the dead who were raised to life, the thousands whom He had miraculously fed with bread in the wilderness, the wretched without number who in countless ways had experienced His goodness? Before Jesus, there was only an infuriated mob clamoring: Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Even the Apostles, His most intimate friends, had fled; indeed one of them had betrayed Him: “If he that hated Me had spoken great things against Me, I would perhaps have hidden Myself from him! But thou, a man of one mind, My guide, and My familiar, who didst take sweetmeats together with Me” (Ps 5:13,14). We read these words today, as on all the Wednesdays of the year, in the psalms of Terce. To this text which is so deeply expressive of the bitterness Jesus felt when betrayed and abandoned by His own, there is a corresponding response at Matins:

“Instead of loving Me, they decried Me, and returned evil for good, and hate in exchange for My love” (Roman Breviary).

As we contemplate Jesus in His Passion, each one of us can say to himself, ‘dilexit me, et tradidit semetipsum pro me’, ‘He loved me, and delivered Himself for me’ (Gal 2:20); and it would be well to add, “How have I repaid His love?”

COLLOQUY

O sweet Jesus, I understand what You must be feeling! O good Jesus, meek and loving! You suffered martyrdom by the many wounds caused by the scourging and the nails. You were crowned with thorns. How many, O good Jesus, were they who struck You! Your Father struck You, since He did not spare You, but made You a victim for all of us. You struck Yourself when You offered Your soul to death, that soul which cannot be taken from You against Your will. The disciple who betrayed You with a kiss struck You too. The Jews struck You with their hands and feet, and the Gentiles struck You with whips and pierced You with nails. Oh! how many people, how many humiliations, how many executioners!

And how many gave You over! The heavenly Father gave You for us, and You gave Yourself, as St. Paul joyfully says: ‘He loved me and delivered Himself up for me.’

What a marvelous exchange! The Master delivers Himself for a slave, God for man, the Creator for the creature, the innocent One for the sinner. You put Yourself into the hands of the traitor, the faithless disciple. The traitor handed You over to the Jews. The Jews delivered You to the Gentiles to be mocked, scourged, spit upon, and crucified. You had said these things; You had foretold them, and they came to pass. Then, when all was accomplished, You were crucified and numbered among the wicked. But it was not enough that You were wounded. To the pain of Your wounds, they added other ignominies and, to slake Your burning thirst, they gave You wine mixed with myrrh and gall.

“I weep for You, my King, my Lord, and Master, my Father and Brother, my beloved Jesus” (St. Bonaventure).

(Adapted from Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D.).

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