The Center of The Christian Faith

The Center of The Christian Faith

  The Resurrection Icon of Victory   At the center of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ and His Resurrection from the dead. As such, the Icon of the Resurrection is the most celebrated, the most common, the most cherished, the most instructive.     It is all of these things because the Orthodox Icon of the Resurrection is not content with simply showing us the Risen Christ, or the empty tomb; the Victory shown in the Icon of the Resurrection is complete.   Link   Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life. Alleluia   ...

The New and Living Way

The New and Living Way

  Lamentation Anthony van Dyck c 1634-1640     Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,   and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.   Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful  ~   — Hebrews 10: 19-23    ...

In the Cross….

In the Cross….

  The Crucifixion With Mary and St John El Greco c. 1541-1614   Jesus has now many lovers of His kingdom, but few bearers of His cross. {…}   In the cross is salvation, in the cross is protection against our enemies, in the cross is infusion of Heavenly sweetness, in the cross is strength of mind, in the cross joy of spirit, in the cross height of virtue, in the cross the perfection of holiness.   There is no salvation of soul, or hope of everlasting life, but in the cross.   Take up therefore your cross and follow Jesus, and you shall go into life everlasting.   —Of the Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis   Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have Mercy on Us.   +PAX   Photo...

Jesus, My Feet Are Dirty

Jesus, My Feet Are Dirty

  Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet Ford Madox Brown 1852-6     Jesus, come my feet are dirty.   You have become a servant for my sake, so fill your basin with water; come, wash my feet.     I know that I am bold in saying this,  but your own words have made me fearful:     “If I do not wash your feet, you will have no companionship with me.” Wash my feet then, so I may be Your companion.     —Origin   +PAX...

To Walk With the Suffering of Christ

To Walk With the Suffering of Christ

   Jesus Enters Jerusalem Monastery Sveti Jovan Bigorski in the Republic of Macedonia  19 C   Today’s gospel is a clear reminder that the heart and soul of the wisdom of Jesus is found in this story of his passion and death.   Since his suffering came from his unselfish loving, it follows that we must try to discern the causes of our own suffering. Not all suffering comes from loving. Indeed, it is far more likely to come from frustration or disappointment because we cannot have everything we want.   {..} To walk with the suffering Christ is to feel the pain that inevitably accompanies the kind of love that sacrifices for the sake of others.   —Demetrius R Dumm, OSB     Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord....

Meatless Friday..

Meatless Friday..

   Eggless Leek and Potato Latkes With Chunky Applesauce    I know, I’m meatless every day; so what’s the big deal about Friday? During Lent, I try to find very basic meals to add the element of fasting for the Lord.. However, these were so popular, I may have to move them to another day of the week:       DILLED YOGURT 1 cup unsweetened plain soy yogurt 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill     LATKES   6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (11/2 lb.) 1 pinch salt 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for frying, if necessary 1 medium leek, white and pale green parts halved and cut into 1/4 -inch-thick slices (22⁄3 cups) 2 Tbs. plain dry breadcrumbs 6 sprigs dill, for garnish     1 | To make Dilled Yogurt: Stir together...

Solemnity of St Benedict

Solemnity of St Benedict

    This day blessed Benedict in the presence of his brethren ascended directly from his cell toward the East into heaven; this day, his hands raised, he breathed forth his soul in prayer; this day he was received by the Angels into glory. —(Vespers Mag. Ant.)     My prayer today is for all past, present and future monks, nuns and oblates of St Benedict who seek to follow the holy rule in their lives. Though we are “scattered far and wide,” may we be given the graces necessary through our promise of obedience, conversatio and stability, to be a people of prayer and peace.   The life which St Benedict wished his monks to lead was one in which full scope was to be given to the growth of supernatural motives and supernatural virtues....

Fall in Love, Stay in Love

Fall in Love, Stay in Love

  Christ in the Desert Ivan Kramskoi 1872   Isn’t He beautiful? Seeking His face; this has been the test of my Lenten journey.   Have you ever found yourself going along in your spiritual life saying your prayers, fulfilling the duties of your vocation, hungering for a closer union with God but, if I’m honest, allowing the cares and worries of the world to choke the Word in my life?   My spiritual director instructs me time after time…   Don’t pray on emotion….just pray; whether you feel the skies have opened and sense the consolation of God, or your Breviary might just as well be the newspaper.   Just pray, confess, keep seeking Him. Tell Him you love Him. And trust.   Enter an unexpected trial...

The Secret Source

The Secret Source

  Christ With the Woman Taken in Adultery Guercino 1621   The Fifth Sunday of Lent   It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it,   that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms:  unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal – so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight.   However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly. —CCC 1851   Oh my Jesus, how I love Thee…Thank you...

No Disciples….Without the Cross

No Disciples….Without the Cross

Crucifixion of St Peter Caravaggio 1601   Pope Francis’s first homily via ~  catholicherald.co.uk     We walk in the light of the Lord. God said to Abraham: walk in my presence… Walk – our lives are a journey. When we stop there is something wrong. We must keep on moving. In the presence of God, in the light of the Lord, trying to live that irreproachability that God demanded of Abraham.    Build. Build the Church.    To build the Church with rocks. Rocks are consistent, material things, they are heavy, they are marked by the Holy Spirit. Building the Church that is the bride of Christ. That is another movement in our lives, the building up of the Church.    And now, confession. We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if...

Tears of Joy – Habamus Papam

Tears of Joy – Habamus Papam

   Pope Francis      When the white smoke finally appeared today and the bells of St Peter rang indicating the election of the 266th successor of St Peter, I held my breath until the curtains behind the balcony parted and the announcement was made:   Cardinal Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires   I didn’t know who he was; I’d never seen him before, but when he walked out on the balcony I was struck by his profound humility.   He bowed asking the people to pray silently for him, then recited the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be– together—with the people— and upon his face an expression of peaceful surprise combined with wonder when he first spoke;   “As you know, the duty of the conclave...