23As for me, far be it from me to sin
against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you and to teach you the good and right
way. 24But you must FEAR the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart, for you
have seen the great things the LORD has done among you.
here is reminding the Israelites at the coronation of Saul that even though
they now have a king like all the other nations they are not to be like all the
other nations; that they must serve first the Lord of heaven and earth. Yet,
they did not nor could not; they like all men needed a savior. “We have no king but Cesar.”
According to Tradition, when St. Veronica saw Jesus’ fall beneath the weight of the cross He carried to his pending crucifixion, she was so moved with pity she pushed through the crowd past the Roman Soldiers to reach Jesus. She used her veil to wipe the blood
” In character, in manner, in
style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We live in a complicated world; with
taxes and devices and every imaginable complication the world can provide.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just take some time to keep things simple? To
winnow life down to the bare essentials and hold onto it like the precious
thing it is? Simplicity Day encourages you to do just that, to let go of all of
life’s complications and live a day… simple. Simplicity Day was born out of a
need to be free from the complications of the world and to allow ourselves to
just be simple. Celebrate life through simplicity by turning off your devices,
getting rid of complicated things and just let life be about living for a day. One
of the great conundrums of the modern world is that the more opportunities and
options you have the less happy you’re going to be. Some of the happiest people
in the world have been determined to be those who live in uncivilized areas
concerning themselves only with what they’re going to eat that day and where a
good place to sleep is. We can learn much from them, though few of us would
want to go to such extremes. However, we can all benefit from just cutting out
the things that make our lives difficult. Simplicity Day is about getting rid
of these complications and culling from your life what doesn’t bring you joy.
How to Celebrate Simplicity Day
Step away from the computer and find a sunny
nook with a cup of tea and a book to pass the time.
Walk in the forests or through fields and just
feel the sun on your skin and the sounds of birds and insects. These moments
will be the ones that can truly set you free. During these long moments take
the time to relax and consider how you want to proceed in your life.
What can you cut out that buries you under
complications that bring no benefits? Are there people or things you can remove
that will make your life a little happier each day by the removal of these
These questions can lead you to a simpler,
happier life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have peace of mind? Simplicity Day can
lead the way.
Catechism of the
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION
TWO-I. THE CREEDS
BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Article 4-"JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED,
DIED AND WAS BURIED"
Paragraph 3. JESUS CHRIST
624 "By the grace of God"
Jesus tasted death "for everyone". In his plan of salvation, God
ordained that his Son should not only "die for our sins" but
should also "taste death", experience the condition of death, the
separation of his soul from his body, between the time he expired on the cross
and the time he was raised from the dead. the state of the dead Christ is the
mystery of the tomb and the descent into hell. It is the mystery of Holy
Saturday, when Christ, lying in the tomb, reveals God's great sabbath rest after
the fulfilment of man's salvation, which brings peace to the whole
Christ in the tomb in his body
625 Christ's stay in the tomb
constitutes the real link between his passible state before Easter and his
glorious and risen state today. the same person of the "Living One"
can say, "I died, and behold I am alive for evermore":
God [the Son] did not impede death
from separating his soul from his body according to the necessary order of
nature, but has reunited them to one another in the Resurrection, so that he
himself might be, in his person, the meeting point for death and life, by
arresting in himself the decomposition of nature produced by death and so
becoming the source of reunion for the separated parts.
626 Since the "Author of
life" who was killed is the same "living one [who has]
risen", The divine person of the Son of God necessarily continued to
possess his human soul and body, separated from each other by death:
By the fact that at Christ’s death
his soul was separated from his flesh, his one person is not itself divided
into two persons; for the human body and soul of Christ have existed in the
same way from the beginning of his earthly existence, in the divine person of
the Word; and in death, although separated from each other, both remained with
one and the same person of the Word.
"You will not let your Holy
One see corruption"
627 Christ's death was a real death
in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union
his body retained with the person of the Son, his was not a mortal corpse like
others, for "divine power preserved Christ's body from corruption." Both
of these statements can be said of Christ: "He was cut off out of the land
of the living", and "My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will
not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption." Jesus'
Resurrection "on the third day" was the proof of this, for bodily
decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death.
"Buried with Christ. . ."
628 Baptism, the original and full
sign of which is immersion, efficaciously signifies the descent into the tomb
by the Christian who dies to sin with Christ in order to live a new life.
"We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk
in newness of life."
629 To the benefit of every man,
Jesus Christ tasted death (cf Heb 2:9). It is truly the Son of God made man who
died and was buried.
630 During Christ's period in
the tomb, his divine person continued to assume both his soul and his body,
although they were separated from each other by death. For this reason the dead
Christ's body "saw no corruption" (Acts 13:37).
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night,
perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do, make the day special.
Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Holy Priests, Consecrated, & Religious notice I haven’t found a link to someone living to emulate-any suggestions-please post.Unite in the work of the
Freedom Ring Day 6 Freedom from Envy
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus