Friday in the Octave of Easter
118, verse 4-6
4 Let those who FEAR the LORD say, his mercy endures forever. 5 In danger I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against me?
When can we say, “His mercy endures forever!” It is when we have received it and given it away. Everybody needs to forgive somebody.
Forgiveness will unleash a power in your life that is underrated and often ignored. It is underrated mainly because it is underused. We fail to capture the power of forgiveness because we are afraid of it, because we have grown comfortable in our familiar wounds, or because we are sinfully stubborn. But the power is there waiting for us.
R. Hunt outlines there are three parts to forgiveness:
1) Receiving Forgiveness
which involves experiencing God and forgiving yourself.
2) Deciding to Forgive.
3) Sharing Forgiveness.
Friday In the Octave of Easter
He revealed Himself in this
What does St. John the Evangelist mean
when he reports to us that the disciples “dared” not ask Jesus “Who
are you?” After all, the Beloved Disciple had told Peter that
this was the Lord. Today’s Gospel passage suggests some unresolved
ambiguity. While the miracle of catching 153 fish convinced the disciples
who He was, there was still some reason for them to ask His identity. His
miracle convinced them, but His appearance did not.
So the Risen Jesus, in His glorified
Body, was the same person, yet somehow different. He had the same two
natures—human and divine—yet He was somehow different. The Resurrection
narratives demonstrate some of the ways in which Jesus was different after His
rising from the dead: most famously—as we will hear this coming
Sunday—the Risen Lord had a physical body that could pass through solid matter.
The point here is that in His Risen
Body, Jesus looks different to His disciples. He looks different enough
to cause some confusion in their minds: at least enough confusion for
them to be tempted to “dare” ask Him “Who are you?” For ourselves,
regarding both our meditation and our speaking to the Lord in prayer, we should
ask: do we expect the Lord to appear to us in some certain way? How
might God want to surprise us in making Himself known to us, and in showing us
Easter reminds us of these
fundamental requirements of the Christian life: the practice of piety and
patience. Through piety we live detached from human frailties, in purity of
mind and body, in union with Christ. Through patience we succeed in strengthening
our character and controlling our temper so as to become more pleasing to the
Lord and an example and encouragement to others, in the various contingencies
of social life. The Resurrection of the Lord truly represents—and for this
reason it is celebrated every year—the renewed resurrection of every one of us
to the true Christian life, the perfect Christian life which we must all try to
live. "The Resurrection of Christ is the sacrament of new life." My
beloved brothers and children! First of all let us look closely at our pattern,
Jesus Christ. You see that everything in His life was in preparation for His
resurrection. St Augustine says: "In Christ everything was working for His
resurrection." Born as a man, He appeared as a man for but a short time.
Born of mortal flesh, He experienced all the vicissitudes of mortality. We see
Him in His infancy, His boyhood, and His vigorous maturity, in which He died.
He could not have risen again if He had not died; He could not have died if He
had not been born; He was born, and He died so that He might rise again.
o Easter Friday was
a favorite day for pilgrimages in many parts of Europe. Large groups would take
rather long processions to a shrine or church, where Mass would be offered.
Easter Friday is a favorite day for
was an essential part of Jesus’ religious life. As God was one, so he had only
one holy city, Jerusalem, to which he called his people to make pilgrimage:
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God.”
These Tri-annual pilgrimages were required at the feast of unleavened bread
(Passover), at the feast of the weeks (commemoration of the Torah & the 10
commandments) and the feast of the booths (Sukkoth). Christ by his sacrifice
has created a heavenly Jerusalem which is not in a geographic location but is
Eucharistic and is located in the tabernacle of every Catholic Church.
Jerusalem has still retained an attractive power, because it contained the
monuments of the Lord’s passion and is one of the most popular pilgrimage
sites. A modern Catholic map of the world will offer many possible destinations
for pilgrimage. Jerusalem and Rome remain favorites as well as the Marian
shrines of Lourdes and Fatima. Also, since the middle ages travelers have also
thronged to Santiago de Compostela, the shrine of St. James in Spain. Yet, here
is the greatness of our God: we need not go to the far ends of the earth to go
on pilgrimage as God lives with us in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and we can
always find local shrines to make small pilgrimages. We could also make a
pilgrimage to visit with holy people we know, or travel to honor the graves of
our ancestors, friends and mentors. A pilgrimage is sacramental: an outward
sign of an inward grace. It reminds us that we are wayfarers on earth till we
are taken up into heaven.
Catholic pilgrimages for your “bucket list”
you follow in the footsteps of Jesus or the saints, a holy pilgrimage is an
opportunity to enrich one's faith.
The holy pilgrimage has been a
Christian tradition since the first recorded spiritual journey, in which a
bishop named Mileto from Sardis in Asia Minor traveled to the Holy Land in
around 160 to visit “the
place where [things described in the Bible] were preached and done.
“In the 4th century,
pilgrimages following the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles became
popular after Constantine’s
mother, St. Helena, visited Jerusalem, discovered what is thought to have been
the True Cross, and built churches over holy sites related to Jesus’ life. To walk the same path as
Jesus and his followers, and to see with one’s own eyes the places mentioned in
Scripture, was more than just travel, it was meant to hasten an interior
journey as well. Rome became a major destination for European pilgrims in the
7th century after the Muslim conquest of the Holy Land limited the number of
Christians allowed to visit the holy sites there. The Crusades themselves were
considered a form of pilgrimage, and pilgrimages to the Holy land increased in
the late Middle Ages, partly due to the guidance of the Franciscan friars who
were entrusted with the guardianship of the holy sites.
Today, Christians continue to make
pilgrimages to enrich their spiritual lives. Taken in the spirit of prayer, a
pilgrimage can be as life-changing today as it was in the time of St. Jerome,
who in the 4th century wrote, “We
will have a clearer grasp of Scripture after we have gazed with our own eyes on
the sites where the events of our salvation unfolded.”
Here’s a glimpse of a few sacred places
to complete any Catholic’s
modern pilgrims can travel to walk the same path as Jesus and his followers,
and visit the sites of the miracles and apparitions:
Pilgrims to the Holy Land and
Jerusalem follow in the footsteps of Jesus, from the Church of the Nativity in
Bethlehem where Jesus was born to the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy
Sepulcher where he was laid to rest. For the last 800 years, the Order of St.
Francis has had guardianship over these holy sites and is today working to
ensure that Christians continue to exist in the birthplace of Christianity. By
offering pilgrimages in the Holy Land, they can help fulfill that
· When to visit: The busiest times in Holy Land are during the major Christian and Jewish feasts in spring and fall.
The shrine in Fatima, Portugal,
marks the spot where Our Lady of the Rosary appeared to three shepherd children,
Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta, between May and
October of 1917. Pilgrims from all over the world gather for the torch-lit
processions held every day, but especially on pilgrimage days in May and
· When to visit: Pilgrim’s travel to Fatima all year round, but the best-attended processions are held on the 13th of May and October.
Camino de Santiago
The Way of St. James or El Camino
de Santiago became a major pilgrimage destination during the Middle Ages. Tradition
tells us that St. James’ remains
were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried.
Medieval pilgrims traveled from their homes to what is now the city of Santiago
de Compostela, receiving penance for the expiation of sins by undertaking the
Today, the pilgrimage has enjoyed a
resurgence in popularity, among believers as well as non-believers in search of
a retreat from modern life. Pilgrims’
hostels or albergues welcome
travelers along the way and can be found along the routes in Spain, France and
· When to visit: July and August are the busiest months on the Camino. Pilgrims traveling during April, May, June and September enjoy warm weather without the crowds.
Ireland has a long tradition of holy pilgrimages, dating
back to St. Patrick’s
fast on what is now known as Croagh Patrick in 441. In the pasts few years, the
Pilgrim Paths foundation has been restoring the ancient penitential paths and
has so far created five guided walks. After pilgrims get their “passports” stamped after completing
each of the five routes, they receive an Irish Pilgrim Paths completion
certificate from Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo.
to visit: This
European pilgrims headed to Rome along the Via Francigena to
follow the paths of the martyred saints and early Christians. Emperor
Constantine erected basilicas over the tombs of Peter and Paul, which attracted
the faithful from all over Europe.
Today a modern pilgrim
would similarly visit St. Peter’s
Basilica, attend a papal audience with the successor to St. Peter, take a tour
of the Catacombs, the Vatican museums, and the ancient churches of the Eternal
to visit: Winter
is the best time to visit Rome if you want to avoid the crowds. Spring and
fall, outside of Easter week, offer mild temperatures without the crowds of
Millions of pilgrim’s flock to southwestern France each year
to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is there that the Blessed Virgin
Mary appeared 18 times in 1858 to a young peasant girl, St. Bernadette
Soubirous. In one of her appearances, she told St. Bernadette to drink from the
grotto’s spring. Many
of the sick and suffering claim to have been miraculously cured by the spring’s healing waters.
to visit: The
quiet season at Lourdes is between October and March. During peak season,
beginning at Easter, there are usually about 25,000 pilgrims a day visiting
Even before Pope John Paul II’s canonization, a spiritual journey to his homeland in
Poland had become a popular pilgrimage among Catholics. An itinerary might
include a visit to Karol Wojtyla’s
childhood home in Wadowice, the shrine of the Black Madonna at Jasna Gora
Monastery in Częstochowa, and the beautiful Tatra Mountains where John
Paul II skied. Other must-visit sites: The Shrine of Divine Mercy and the
martyred St. Maximilian Kolbe’s
cell at Auschwitz.
Divine Mercy Novena
Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so, I bring into
the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who
are very dear to You, and yet who must make retribution to Your justice. May
the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the
flames of purifying fire, that in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may
Father turn Your most merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who
are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the
sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His
most sacred Soul was flooded, manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under
Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way than through the Wounds of
Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to
Your goodness and compassion. Amen.
Fasting: Wednesdays and
Fridays (Water/Juice and bread only, if medically allowed, otherwise as
by the USCCB)
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Catechism of the Catholic Church
PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER
SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
CHAPTER THREE-THE LIFE OF PRAYER
Article 2-THE BATTLE OF PRAYER
Article 2-THE BATTLE OF PRAYER
2725 Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response
on our part. It always presupposes effort. the great figures of prayer of the
Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he
himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves
and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from
prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we
pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ,
neither can we pray habitually in his name. the "spiritual battle" of
the Christian's new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer.
PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 31. Pilgrimage.