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Hour of Mercy: Passion according to St. Mark

Douay Rheims, Mark 15:

[1] And straightway in the morning, the chief priests holding a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council, binding Jesus, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate. [2] And Pilate asked him: Art thou the king of the Jews? But he answering, saith to him: Thou sayest it. [3] And the chief priests accused him in many things. [4] And Pilate again asked him, saying: Answerest thou nothing? behold in how many things they accuse thee. [5] But Jesus still answered nothing; so that Pilate wondered.

[6] Now on the festival day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded. [7] And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder. [8] And when the multitude was come up, they began to desire that he would do, as he had ever done unto them. [9] And Pilate answered them, and said: Will you that I release to you the king of the Jews? [10] For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him up out of envy.

[11] But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them. [12] And Pilate again answering, saith to them: What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews? [13] But they again cried out: Crucify him. [14] And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him. [15] And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

[16] And the soldiers led him away into the court of the palace, and they called together the whole band: [17] And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon him. [18] And they began to salute him: Hail, king of the Jews. [19] And they struck his head with a reed: and they did spit on him. And bowing their knees, they adored him. [20] And after they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own garments on him, and they led him out to crucify him.

[21] And they forced one Simon a Cyrenian who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and of Rufus, to take up his cross. [22] And they bring him into the place called Golgotha, which being interpreted is, The place of Calvary. [23] And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh; but he took it not. [24] And crucifying him, they divided his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. [25] And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

[25] “The third hour”… The ancient account divided the day into four parts, which were named from the hour from which they began; the first, third, sixth, and ninth hour. Our Lord was crucified a little before noon; before the third hour had quite expired; but when the sixth hour was near at hand.

[26] And the inscription of his cause was written over: THE KING OF THE JEWS. [27] And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. [28] And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith: And with the wicked he was reputed. [29] And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it up again; [30] Save thyself, coming down from the cross.

[31] In like manner also the chief priests mocking, said with the scribes one to another: He saved others; himself he cannot save. [32] Let Christ the king of Israel come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. [33] And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour. [34] And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [35] And some of the standers by hearing, said: Behold he calleth Elias.

[36] And one running and filling a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave him to drink, saying: Stay, let us see if Elias come to take him down. [37] And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the ghost. [38] And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom. [39] And the centurion who stood over against him, seeing that crying out in this manner he had given up the ghost, said: Indeed this man was the son of God. [40] And there were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joseph, and Salome:

[41] Who also when he was in Galilee followed him, and ministered to him, and many other women that came up with him to Jerusalem. [42] And when evening was now come, (because it was the Parasceve, that is, the day before the sabbath,) [43] Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counsellor, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. [44] But Pilate wondered that he should be already dead. And sending for the centurion, he asked him if he were already dead. [45] And when he had understood it by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

[46] And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking him down, wrapped him up in the fine linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewed out of a rock. And he rolled a stone to the door of the sepulchre. [47] And Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of Joseph, beheld where he was laid.

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It’s First Thursday

In this Year of Priests, the Holy Father has offered a Plenary Indulgence, under usual conditions, to those who, while in church, commit all priests to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

It’s First Thursday–No Fooling!

In this Year of Priests, the Holy Father has offered a Plenary Indulgence, under usual conditions, to those who, while in church, commit all priests to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

St. Dismas was a Terrorist

“With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left.” (Mk 15:27).

I do not know how anyone who has meditated dutifully on the passion of our Dear Lord, and certainly anyone who has been blessed with the gift of holy tears (which St. Teresa of Avila says is one of the most important spiritual gifts we can receive), can ever approve of torturing another person in the same manner as our Lord.

“But they’re terrorists,” people reply.

Our Lord allowed Himself to be crucified in place of one terrorist, Barabbas (of whose later conversions there are pious stories), and was crucified in between two terrorists.

And it was one of these two terrorists, the man known to tradition as St. Dismas, who gave us one of the most basic prayers of Christian tradition: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Lk 23:42).

To which simple act of faith, after a lifetime of sin, Our Lord replied, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk 23:43).

If the United States were truly the Christian nation that Republicans claim it is, then we would not be treating anyone this way. And our approach to Islamist terrorists would not be to torture them but to reach out to them with the Gospel. I say, lock them in a room and make them watch EWTN 24/7, and send exorcists in to deal with them.

But when I read the defenses of waterboarding and other forms of torture online, I hear the cackle of the crowds who abused Our Lord. I hear the taunts of every schoolyard bully. When faced with any kind of challenge to their views, the neocons and Warhawks immediately turn bullies. Rather than offering any kind of intellectual defense of their indefensible positions, they merely attack, calling for gang violence against those who disagree with them, engaging in name-calling. In a recent discussion, where I quoted the Sermon on the Mount, the reaction was not to even try to explain how they could be Christian and support such actions but merely to attack me for quoting Scripture!

It scares me. I used to hold as a standard that conservatives, even on areas I disagreed with them, did not resort to the kind of Satanic malice one finds among liberals. Go to Huffington Post or RH Reality Check or Democratic Underground, and cussing and violence and ad hominem attacks are course of the day. Go to most conservative sites–until the past couple years–and you would see mostly reasoned discourse.

Now, when a new coalition is all so important, when faithful Christians should realize that the Republican Party has failed us, we are divided by the very issue which, after Abortion, ought to unite us.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Jesus forgave us from the Cross for committing the worst atrocity of history against Him, yet we think that an atrocity against our country–an atrocity our government knew about in advance and failed to prevent–justifies hatred and malice towards our “enemies.”

“Lord, I thank you that I am not like this terrorist,” said the Pharissee. . . .

“Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Master, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”

Look down upon me, Good and Gentle Jesus,
while I place my heart before You
and ask You to fill it
with a deep and lively
faith, hope, charity
And true penance for all my sins.
Help me never to sin again.
I contemplate Your Five Most Precious Wounds
Having before my eyes
that which the Holy Prophet David
Spoke long ago concerning Yourself:
“They have pierced my hands and my feet;
They have numbered all my bones.”

Oh, My Jesus, release all my affections and draw them upwards.
Let my crucified heart sink forever into itself into the mysterious wound left by the entrance of the lance.

I kiss the wounds in your sacred Head,
with sorrow deep and true;
May every thought of mine this day
Be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred Hands,
With sorrow deep and true;
May every touch of my hands this day
Be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred Feet,
With sorrow deep and true;
May every step I take this day,
Be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wound in Your sacred Side,
With sorrow deep and true;
May every beat of my heart this day,
Be an act of love for You.

Amen.

It’s First Thursday!

In this Year of Priests, the Holy Father has offered a Plenary Indulgence, under usual conditions, to those who, while in church, commit all priests to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

It’s First Thursday

In this Year of Priests, the Holy Father has offered a Plenary Indulgence, under usual conditions, to those who, while in church, commit all priests to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

A Sudden, Unprovided Death

Pray that God will save you from a sudden, unprovided death.

And do your best to ensure you don’t put yourself in that situation!

Despite what freemasons ordained as priests may have told you, Hell is real, and it is eternal.

It only took one thought against God for the fallen angels to be sent to Hell for all eternity, yet God gives us chance after chance after chance.

Jesus even told St. Faustina that He calls out to every soul three times in the split moment between life and death–but most say no.

Our Lady of Fatima told the children that the vast majority of people end up in Hell, and mostly because of sexual sins. She showed them Hell, and they saw people they knew personally who had died recently! Other saints have had similar visions.

Don’t take the chance. Go to Confession monthly; every two weeks as possible, and as soon as possible when you are conscious of mortal sin.

Pray, pray, pray to stay in a state of grace. Don’t listen to the “Spirit of Vatican II” types: the Church still grants indulgences, and strongly encourages them.

If you go to confession every two weeks, stay free from attachment to sin, receive communion daily, and each day practice one of the devotions to which a plenary indulgence is attached (e.g., read the Bible for a half an hour or spend a half an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament), the you can potentially get a plenary indulgence every day (apply some of them to the souls in Purgatory, particularly your relatives, and get even more graces!)

God is Merciful, but we must avoid the sin of presumption!!