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MARCH 31, 2013

EASTER SUNDAY

 

Dear Family of Mary TV!

 

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN!!!!

 

ON APRIL 2ND MARY TV WILL STREAM – LIVE – OUR LADY’S APPARITION TO MIRJANA (www.marytv.tv )

 

8:00 am Medjugorje time (2:00 am EDT) – Live streaming begins.

8:45 am Medjugorje time (2:45 am EDT) – Apparition

9:30 am Medjugorje time (3:30 am EDT) – Live streaming ends.

 

(Note: Medjugorje is now on Daylight Savings Time.  Our previous update was incorrect.  Please note the new time difference above.)  

 

If it rains on Tuesday, the apparition may be moved indoors.  Please pray that we will be allowed to stream from the indoor location in that case.     

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TOGETHER LETS GIVE THIS GIFT TO OUR LADY….

 

He is Risen!!  Alleluia!!!

 

Denis Nolan

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Authentic Hope

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

ALLELUIA!

 

 

BROTHERS and sisters, how can we not feel hope on this glorious day? And yet, I know in reality, many of you are uneasy as we read headlines of the beating drums of war, of economic collapse, and growing intolerance for the Church’s moral positions. And many are tired and turned off by the constant stream of profanity, lewdness and violence that fills our airwaves and internet.

It is precisely at the end of the second millennium that immense, threatening clouds converge on the horizon of all humanity and darkness descends upon human souls. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, from a speech (translated from Italian), December, 1983; www.vatican.va

That is our reality. And I can write “be not afraid” over and over again, and yet many remain anxious and worried about many things.

First, we have to realize authentic hope is always conceived in the womb of truth, otherwise, it risks being false hope. Second, hope is so much more than simply “positive words.” In fact, the words are merely invitations. Christ’s three year ministry was one of invitation, but the actual hope was conceived on the Cross. It was then incubated and birthed in the Tomb. This, dear friends, is the path of authentic hope for you and I in these times…

 

AUTHENTIC HOPE

Let me say, simply, that hope comes from a living and intense relationship with Hope Himself: Jesus Christ. Not just knowing about Him, but knowing Him.

The first of all the commandments… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength… (Mark 12:29-30)

So many Catholics today live without hope because their relationship with God is almost non-existent. Why?

…prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father… —Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), n.2565

Yes, many people today, and perhaps some of my readers, are chasing after prophecies of the future, darting about the internet for the “latest”, busy, busy, busy… but never enough time to pray. Hope springs from a personal encounter with Jesus; lasting hope springs from an ongoing encounter with God through a life lived for Him, and Him alone.

When we pray properly we undergo a process of inner purification which opens us up to God and thus to our fellow human beings as well… In this way we undergo those purifications by which we become open to God and are prepared for the service of our fellow human beings. We become capable of the great hope, and thus we become ministers of hope for others. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved In Hope), n. 33, 34

Here, we see that hope is tied, not only to prayer, but to a willingness to be vessels of hope:

…the second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)

To the degree that we hold back from either of these commandments, that we keep a part of ourselves out of His reach and the reach of our neighbour, is the degree to which we begin to lose hope. Everytime we sin, we lose a little hope because we have ceased following Him who is Hope itself.

This is what I mean when I say that true hope is conceived on the Cross and born in the tomb. Obedience, the surrender of our will to God’s will, means a dying to self. But we must stop seeing this surrender of self as a loss, and begin to see it with the eyes of faith!

If water is to become hot, then cold must die out of it. If wood is to be made fire, then the nature of wood must die. The life we seek cannot be in us, it cannot become our very selves, we cannot be itself, unless we gain it by first ceasing to be what we are; we acquire this life through death. —Fr. John Tauler (1361), German Dominican priest and theologian; from theSermons and Conferences of John Tauler

The “hope” we seek cannot live in us except by following Christ’s pattern of dying to self.

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus… he emptied himself… becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him… (Phil 2:5-9)

Emptied of self, the old self, so that the new self, the true self, may live. In other words, we live by God’s will, not our own, so that His life may dwell in us and become our life. We see this pattern in Mary as well: she empties herself in her “fiat”, and in exchange, Christ is conceived in her.

Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? …I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you! (2 Cor 13:5; Gal 4:19)

We must stop watering down these words and realize that God is calling us to a radical revolution of our lives. He is not interested in saving us a little, sanctifying us a bit, transforming us to a degree. His desire is to utterly raise us into the very Image in which we were created.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:6)

We are so sad when we are asked to pray, or fast, to mortify or live moderately. It is because we fail to see the interior and hidden joy and hope that only comes to those who enter the journey. But my friends, we are now living in extraordinary times where we must be ready to give much, much more.

Those who challenge this new paganism are faced with a difficult option. Either they conform to this philosophy or they arefaced with the prospect of martyrdom. —Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Rome;www.therealpresence.org

No less than ordinary individual Catholics can survive, so ordinary Catholic families cannot survive. They have no choice. They must either be holy—which means sanctified—or they will disappear. The only Catholic families that will remain aliveand thriving in the twenty-first century are the families of martyrs. The Blessed Virgin and the Sanctification of the Family, Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

THE REALM OF FAITH

Ah! You see, these words may frighten some. But’s that’s because they do not realize the divine exchange that will happen. Your faith, if lived out intensely and personally with God through prayer and obedience, will acquire a hope that no man can take, no persecutor can suffocate, no war can diminish, no suffering annihilate, no trial wither. This is the secondary message of Easter: the complete giving of ourselves to God by entering into the night of faith, the tomb of complete abandonment to Him, produces in us all the fruits of the Resurrection. All of them.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with everyspiritual blessing in the heavens… (Ephesians 1:3)

This is no time to hold back any longer, to keep a part of yourself to yourself. Give everything to God, no matter the cost. And the more it costs, the more powerful the grace, reward, andresurrection of Jesus in your life in whose image you are being renewed.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin… Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. (Rom 6:5-6, 11)

I truly believe Our Lady has been coming to us all these years to help us to be emptied in these times so that we may be filled—filled with the Spirit of God that we may become living flames of love—living flames of hope in a world that has become so dark.

Be prepared to put your life on the line in order to enlighten the world with the truth of Christ; to respond with love to hatred and disregard for life; to proclaim the hope of the risen Christ in every corner of the earth. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Message to the Young People of the World, World Youth Day, 2008

Our Mother is demanding of us…. fasting, prayer, conversion, etc. But that is because she knows it will produce in us Jesus: it will produce in us authentic hope.

We cannot hide the fact that many threatening clouds are gathering on the horizon. We must not, however, lose heart, rather we must keep the flame of hope alive in our hearts. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, January 15th, 2009

Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us. —POPE FRANCIS, Palm Sunday homily, March 24th, 2013;www.vatican.va

 

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii

Work for the Good of the Priesthood

Deacon

 

It was odd. The atmosphere was very quiet, and yet, so disquieting. It was sterile for sure, and there was, what one would call, a “deafening silence” in the room. This tonal void was broken only by the constant tempo of the metronome of life. A digital wonder of modern science developed to assure all that life had not yet left us. “Beep, beep, beep…” Oh, how Pete and I depended on that constant sound, hoping with an almost frantic nervousness, that this annoying rhythm would not end soon.



 

Pete would later comment how the gurgling sound of Father Dean’s breathing made it almost impossible to understand what he was saying.

We had visited him only months before. He was so full of life. Jokes were told. Introductions to other priests and friends were provided. Suddenly, a more serious discussion began. “I’m dying,” he said emphatically to us, “and it won’t be long.” There was that all too familiar awkward pause of reflection. Then, with complete peace and a kind of inner joy, he exclaimed, “I’m ready. I believe in the Resurrection!”

 



I remembered that conversation well, as Pete and I now sat here keeping our solemn silent vigil at the death bed of our beloved Alter Christus. I also remember his final words to us that day: 

 



“I only ask one thing from you and all of those who are part of your ministry. Please continue your work for us priests!”

 



It wasn’t long after Pete and I left that he was gone. Father Dean had prepared well, and was amazingly peaceful and thankful to be “finally on his way,” as he put it. It is truly a grace from God that we humans can fall so much in love with another person we hardly knew just months earlier. We had spent so much time helping him over these past few months that it was hard to imagine not having him in our lives. 

 



Several weeks after his passing, we received a note from an attorney who was settling Father Dean’s modest estate. He had left us a small sum of money from his life insurance. The note read, “so that we could continue the work for the good of the priesthood”. 

 



We want to thank you for making our mission to care for thousands of Catholic priests like Father Dean possible again and again. I ask you to please consider making a special donation as part of your Easter thanksgiving of $100 or more so that we can continue to assist many more priests like Father Dean who so urgently depend on our care during this Holy Easter season.



 

Gratefully in the Risen Christ, 

 

Joseph R. Maher, KCHS

President

 

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Easter

 

What does it mean to say that “Jesus is risen?” A translation, perhaps adapted especially for non-believers could be, “hope exists.” 

 
Jesus, I Trust in You
 
 
If we look deeply beneath all of our disordered desires, our brokenness and our selfish concerns what we discover ultimately is the hope that there exists unconditional love. Not only that unconditional love exists but that it is eternal and does not end after this life. The Easter proclamation that “Jesus Christ is risen” fulfills this hope deep within us. 
 
In many of the Resurrection accounts in the New Testament those to whom Jesus appears to are often found afraid (Mt 28:5), amazed (Mk16:5), seized with trembling and bewilderment (Mk 16:8), terrified (Lk:24:5), downcast (Lk 24:17), near despair (Lk 24:21), weeping (Jn 20:15) and lacking in faith (20:25). After their encounter with the Risen Lord they are all transformed from within because the ultimate hope of their souls is confirmed. Unconditional love exists and has blasted through space and time and is available to us for all eternity. How can one not be overwhelmed with joy at such good news?
 
God bless you,
Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR

Sacred Heart Friary
Ft. Worth, TX
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Resurrection Musings: Christ’s Return

 

It’s a unique experience to live with Jesus. As friars our friaries (yes, that’s really what they’re called) all carry a chapel, and our chapels, of course, all house a tabernacle: this is where Jesus is present in the Eucharist always. In a real and mysterious way—a really mysterious way at that—we live under the same roof as the Lord. After having that experience for days and weeks and months and years, I’ve found that if I’m away for some time, I do miss Him very much. In fact, I’ve come to say that “home is where the tabernacle is” because Jesus is home. 

 
 
 
Yet, there comes a dreadful time every year when Jesus leaves. We are left alone in a friary with an empty chapel—with no Jesus. After Mass on Holy Thursday through Good Friday all the way until the evening of Holy Saturday, the chapel is stark, empty and easily avoided. Of course, it’s not without reason that we do this, and not just us but all Catholic Churches around the world; we enter into that severe, barren time in the history of the world when Jesus died. And this is the fruit: love—clinging-to-his-flesh and kissing-his-wounds kind of love of the resurrection! One year I was so overcome by joy and gratitude that I could hardly sit still in the chapel and I kept penning little reflections conveying this moment, a moment that history felt once and continues to feel like the happy waking from a recurring nightmare whenever one enters into the reality that death is more a beginning than an end. 
 
This is one such musing: 
 
To see you again, Jesus! I was without compass in your absence—no bearings, no hopes—restless and lonely. But you’re here now, and heaven is in reach; like an orphaned child, I am reaching. Lord, having you back in the tabernacle gives me reason to smile again. My heart quickens and I can laugh again. 
 
O mighty Resurrection, descend into my little heart that I may be transformed; a new creation, a new man alive with new life in a new way—living and new! 
 
Everything is different today, and I will never be the same again.
 
+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
Most Blessed Sacrament Friary
Newark, NJ
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“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:1-3

March 31, 2013
Easter Sunday 

Dear Friends
“Alleluia, the Lord is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!” This declaration and response should be on our lips on this most holy of days. The light has overcome the darkness and life has overcome the power of death. Even nature (here in the northern hemisphere at least) celebrates renewed life. 

What happened to Jesus Christ on the first Easter Sunday also occurs in us. The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins put it this way, “Let Him Easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.” The new light and spirit of Easter should pervade our lives. The bishops of England wrote some years ago that the whole Christian community rises with Christ. Indeed, as they said, “We are an Easter people!”


Almighty God, Who for our redemption gave Your only begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy, grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may rise and evermore live with Jesus Christ in the joy of the resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Risen Lord.
Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors



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Urbi et Orbi
Easter message and Urbi et Orbi blessing of the Holy Father
 

At noon, from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica, the Holy Father Francis addressed the over 250,000 people overflowing St. Peter’s Square and those who were following the celebration by radio or television. He delivered his Easter proclamation—“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden!”—and made a strong appeal for peace throughout the world. He then imparted the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing. Following is the full text of the Pope’s message:

“Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter!”

“What a joy it is to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons… Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin or of evil! Love has triumphed! Mercy has been victorious! God’s mercy always triumphs!”

“We too, like the women who were Jesus’ disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. God’s love can do this.”

“This same love out of which the Son of God became man and followed the way of humility and self-giving to the very end, down to hell—to the abyss of separation from God—this same merciful love has flooded Jesus’ dead body with light and transfigured it; has made it pass into eternal life. Jesus did not return to his former life, to an earthly life, but entered into the glorious life of God and He entered there with our humanity, opening us to a future of hope.”

“This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of human beings from the slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness. Because God is life, life alone, and we are his glory, the living person.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all time and for everyone, but the power of the Resurrection, this passing from the slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our everyday lives. How many deserts, even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all, the desert within, when are lacking love for God and neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us. God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).”

“So this is the invitation that I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy! Let us be loved by Jesus! Let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”

“And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.”

“Peace for the Middle East, in particular between Israelis and Palestinians who struggle to find the road of agreement: that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long. Peace in Iraq: that every act of violence may end. And above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort. How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?”

“Peace for Africa, still the scene of bloody conflicts. In Mali: may unity and stability be restored. In Nigeria, where attacks sadly continue, gravely threatening the lives of many innocent people, and where great numbers of persons, including children, are held hostage by terrorist groups. Peace in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Central African Republic where many have been forced to leave their homes and continue to live in fear.”

“Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow.”

“Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century. Human trafficking is precisely the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century! Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! Made the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of creation.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, to all of you who are listening to me, from Rome and from all over of the world, I address the invitation of the Psalm: ‘Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for his mercy endures for ever. Let Israel say: “His mercy endures forever”.’ (Ps 118:1-2).”

“Dear brothers and sisters who have come from all over the world to this Square, the heart of Christianity and to all of you joining us via the media, I repeat my wishes for a happy Easter! Bring to your families and your nations the message of joy, of hope, and of peace that every year, on this day, is powerfully renewed. May the Risen Lord, who defeated sin and death, sustain us all especially the weakest and those most in need. Thank you for your presence and the witness of your faith. A thought and special thanks for the gift of these beautiful flowers that come from the Netherlands. I affectionately repeat to all of you: May the Risen Christ guide all of you and all of humanity on the paths of justice, love, and peace!”

Then, in Latin, Pope Francis imparted the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing.