WEDNESDAY of HOLY WEEK

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday of HOLY WEEK April 8, 2020 WORD of the DAY And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.” (Matthew 26: 21-25) How shall I live this Word? “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Why does Judas ask this, he knows very well that for 30 pieces of silver, he has sold his ideals, his dreams, his freedom. He knows that for thirty pieces of silver he has sold the Son of God. Certainly it is you, Judas, the traitor! But you are not alone. We are traitors too! “Surely, it is not I” the cause of wars in the whole world? Yes, me too, with my silence, with my superficiality, and the incapacity to build peace even in my little piece of world. “Surely, it is not I” the cause of ecological degradation that is gripping the world? Yes, me too, with my waste, the uncontrolled use of pollutants, the difficulty in separating, selecting,... read more

Padre Pio & the Friendship of Guardian Angels in Times of Need

St. Padre Pio’s life was filled with supernatural phenomena. He could bilocate. He was physically assaulted by the devil. He said that more souls of the dead than of the living climbed his mountain to attend his Masses and to seek his prayers. He had the wounds of the stigmata for 50 years. And, with […] Source: Padre Pio & the Friendship of Guardian Angels in Times of... read more

TUESDAY of HOLY WEEK

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday of HOLY WEEK April 7, 2020 WORD of the DAY Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered [him], “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” (John 13: 36-38) How shall I live this Word? We are very angered by poor Peter who, although he was so loved by Jesus, he denied Him three times. And we judge him, condemn him, and affirm with conviction, ‘I would never have done that.’ This is not true! How many times we too are enthusiastic disciples. We want to change the world with Jesus; we want to follow Him faithfully until death. Then, for even more miserable reasons than that of Peter, who was afraid, we abandon Him and forget about Him. This is what Peter did. Aren’t we just like him? Yes, we are. And like Peter, we know that our God is greater than our sin and that His love saves everything and everyone. We are loved, forgiven, saved, not because we are good and just, faithful and obedient, but only because God is good! Lord, help us to refrain from judging those who live around us, but to look at everyone with good eyes, the same way You look at us! The voice of Pope... read more

SHROUD ON VIRTUAL DISPLAY ON HOLY SATURDAY

Shroud On Television and Social Media April 11, 2020   On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Mons. Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin, announced that on Saturday, April 11, 2020, there will be an extraordinary veneration of the Shroud in the Turin Cathedral, which will be broadcast live on RAI 1 and on social media platforms. According to the official website, it will also be available via www.sindone.org. Currently, the page is only available in the Italian language but includes links to several important pdf documents, so we are also including links to them here, along with English translations of each courtesy of Joe Marino: Intervento dell’arcivescovo di Torino e vescovo di Susa, mons. Cesare Nosiglia, alla conferenza stampa in diretta streaming dall’Arcivescovado di Torino (Italian language pdf version) Intervention of the Archbishop of Turin and Bishop of Susa, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, at the press conference in live streaming from the Archbishopric of Turin (English language pdf version) Comunicato stampa = In preghiera davanti alla Sindone: diretta tv e social sabato 11 aprile (Italian language pdf version) Press Release – In prayer before the Shroud: live TV and social media on Saturday April 11 (English language pdf version) In addition to the above articles that came directly from Turin, there were several other reports in the media (and I expect more to come this week leading up to the event) so we are including links to some of them here. We will update this list if other important articles become available. Shroud of Turin to be shown via TV and social media for coronavirus outbreak by Elise Ann Allen, Senior Correspondent, CRUX, Apr 4, 2020 (English language web article) Shroud... read more
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