Easter Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Lamentations, Chapter 3, Verse 57
You drew near on the day I called you; you said, “Do not fear!”
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through famine.” (Ps. 33:18-19)
Everyone deserves to experience some unconditional love and many go to great lengths to find it and do not. We were created for love but not earthly love. Earthly love is but a foretaste of the love God has for you. Today love someone with no conditions; just love them. For love alone holds the secret to life. There is hope in the midst of calamity.
Benedict XVI's definition of love…"To love someone is to desire that person's good, AND to take effective steps to secure it"
Why does Jesus greet His disciples with the words, “Peace be to you?” 1. Because He came to restore to men that peace with God, with themselves, with their neighbor, which sin had destroyed. 2. Because peace is a mark of the children of God, as discord is of sinners. 3. Because peace is the greatest of all goods. Therefore it is that He will have His apostles, after His example, give the greeting of peace on entering a house. Finally 4. because He desired to encourage His disciples to confidence by His friendliness.
Why did Our Saviour retain the marks of His wounds after His resurrection? 1. To show that it was the same body which had been wounded during His passion, and to show that He was really risen from the dead. 2. To teach us that we too shall, in like manner, rise with our bodies. 3. To make known to us the greatness of His love, through which He has graven us, as it were, on His hands and feet, and in His heart (Isaias xlix. 16). 4. To impart to us confidence in His endless mercy, and to encourage us to combat against the world, the flesh, and the devil. 5. To prepare a place of refuge, and an inexhaustible fountain of consolation for all the miserable, afflicted, and tempted. 6. To terrify the impenitent, whom, on the day of judgment, He will show how much He has suffered for them, and that they have been the cause of their own destruction. Oh, let us endeavor to think often on the wounds of Jesus, that we may thereby be encouraged to lead pious lives acceptable to God.
O Jesus, grant that the precious blood which flowed from Thy wounds for me and all sinners may not be lost.
INSTRUCTION ON WHAT WE OUGHT TO BELIEVE CONCERNING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
“He opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” Luke xxiv. 45.
Is it free to everyone to read and explain Holy Scripture according to his own opinion? No; that must be done with submission and conformity to the teaching of the Church. Questions of faith cannot be settled by appealing to the Holy Scriptures alone, since they themselves are liable to be misunderstood. For this reason the Church has done wisely in making the printing, reading, and explaining of Holy Scripture depend upon the permission of lawful spiritual superiors.
What, therefore, must one do who desires to read the Holy Scriptures? He must read them, 1. Only with the permission of the ecclesiastical superiors. 2. with the subjection of his own opinion to the decisions of the Church, and the interpretation of the holy fathers. 3. with suitable preparation, by prayer and fasting, as St. Thomas of Aquinas did, and with devotion and care.
 Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.
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