signum-crucis:

Pentecost in 2 minutes

signum-crucis:

Resurrection — Pinturicchio
Take up your cross, therefore, and follow Jesus, and you shall enter eternal life. He Himself opened the way before you in carrying His cross, and upon it He died for you, that you, too, might take up your cross and long to die upon it. If you die with Him, you shall also live with Him, and if you share His suffering, you shall also share His glory.
—”The Royal Road of the Holy Cross”, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) 

signum-crucis:

ResurrectionPinturicchio

Take up your cross, therefore, and follow Jesus, and you shall enter eternal life. He Himself opened the way before you in carrying His cross, and upon it He died for you, that you, too, might take up your cross and long to die upon it. If you die with Him, you shall also live with Him, and if you share His suffering, you shall also share His glory.

—”The Royal Road of the Holy Cross”, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) 

If you guys think Satan hits hard during Lent… welcome to Easter.

lawrenceop:

HOMILY for 2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; Ps 117; 1 Jn 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

St Augustine calls these past Octave days of Easter “days of pardon and mercy”. For when the risen Lord appears to his disciples gathered as a group for the first time, he immediately offers them his forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation. And this is summed up in the phrase, “Peace be with you”. For peace is the first gift of Easter. Not peace in the sense of the absence of military conflict, as such, but something of greater cosmic significance. The peace the risen Christ speaks of is primarily the reconciliation between sinful humanity and God; it is God’s loving mercy and his forgiveness. 

And this reconciliation brought about by Christ’s death and resurrection, by his obedience and loving self-offering, effects a new creation. Like the first (old) creation, God accomplishes the new through his Word and the Holy Spirit. So, on that Easter evening, “the first day of the week”, the incarnate Word speaks the new creation into being, breathing forth the Holy Spirit, and the whole universe is renewed through being reconciled to God. Indeed, God’s Spirit of Love, is, as St Augustine says, “its very self the forgiveness of sins”. So, when Christ gives the Spirit to his disciples, and thus, pours his love into their hearts, he is forgiving them their sins, giving them his peace, and hence, bringing about his new creation – a creation in which God’s own love and peace is given to humanity, and dwells in their hearts; a creation in which we are offered God’s mercy and friendship. This is what we mean by the life of grace, which is initiated in every Christian by the sacrament of baptism.

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pilgrimlog:

Here is an interesting visual representation of the First Glorious Mystery designed by the holy architect of the Basilica of Sagrada Familia, Servant of God Antoni Gaudí. 

What makes this a particularly engaging work of art is that you cannot see any of the faces of the holy women; it’s as if you are walking behind them and discovering the empty tomb on that first Easter.  Of the figures in the tomb, the only one that you can see is the angel. 

Another moving aspect about this depiction of the Resurrection is that you literally have to move in order to appreciate the entire narrative of Gaudí’s art work.  If you actually take a step back, you can see the reason for the Glorious Mystery:  the risen Christ in glory on the rock above the cave.

[Photos:  taken on the Rosary Walk during our pilgrimage to the Basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat]

allaboutmary:

Jesus appears to his mother

allaboutmary:

Jesus appears to his mother

signum-crucis:

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb — Bl Fra Angelico, 1440-41Convento di San Marco, Florence 
Praise to the Holiest in the height,And in the depth be praise;In all His words most wonderful,Most sure in all His ways.
O loving wisdom of our God!When all was sin and shame,A second Adam to the fightAnd to the rescue came.
O wisest love! that flesh and blood,Which did in Adam fail,Should strive afresh against the foe,Should strive and should prevail.
And that a higher gift than graceShould flesh and blood refine,God’s Presence and His very Self,And Essence all divine.
O generous love! that He, who smote,In Man for man the foe,The double agony in ManFor man should undergo.
And in the garden secretly,And on the Cross on high,Should teach His brethren, and inspireTo suffer and to die.
Praise to the Holiest in the height,And in the depth be praise;In all His words most wonderful,Most sure in all His ways.
—Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman, The Dream of Gerontius, 1865

signum-crucis:

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb — Bl Fra Angelico, 1440-41
Convento di San Marco, Florence 

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s Presence and His very Self,
And Essence all divine.

O generous love! that He, who smote,
In Man for man the foe,
The double agony in Man
For man should undergo.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the Cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

—Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman, The Dream of Gerontius, 1865

liferelived:

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY AND ALL DAYS! ALLELUIA!
SO RISE O’ ISRAEL, BLAST YOUR TRUMPETS AND REJOICE IN YOUR NEW FREEDOM WITHIN CHRIST!
It has been a beautiful Lent and I am glad to say I have risen anew with Christ this  Blessed Easter! My spirit found where Christ is calling me and I am gladdened by the thought of it! All my heart wished now is to do His will and no other!
I hope your Lent was as blessed as mine was! I am so thankful and humbled for how much He has given to me these past forty days!
May God bless you all and may you rejoice in the radiance of the newly resurrected Christ!
Vive Jesu!

liferelived:

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY AND ALL DAYS! ALLELUIA!

SO RISE O’ ISRAEL, BLAST YOUR TRUMPETS AND REJOICE IN YOUR NEW FREEDOM WITHIN CHRIST!

It has been a beautiful Lent and I am glad to say I have risen anew with Christ this  Blessed Easter! My spirit found where Christ is calling me and I am gladdened by the thought of it! All my heart wished now is to do His will and no other!

I hope your Lent was as blessed as mine was! I am so thankful and humbled for how much He has given to me these past forty days!

May God bless you all and may you rejoice in the radiance of the newly resurrected Christ!

Vive Jesu!

Easter Sunday

ucatholic:

Christ is risen from the dead!
Dying, he conquered death;
To the dead, he has given life.
Easter Sunday

inspiredprocrastination:

Holy SaturdayThe Harrowing of Hell, Fra Angelico

inspiredprocrastination:

Holy Saturday

The Harrowing of Hell, Fra Angelico

(via inspiredprocrastination-deactiv)

A nice Christian lady just came to the door and began talking about the Resurrection and Jesus

eternallyadoring:

My brother answered the door, so there wasn’t a deep conversation on Catholicism going on (he was too nice to interrupt her). I remained silent, but I wish I could have been all like “HEY LADY I LOVE YOU AND IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT EACH SUNDAY IS A MINI EASTER IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.”

Almost 20yrs years ago, I remember a knock at the door and a man in his 30’s and his son were standing there. The boy was about 8yrs old.

His father said, “We are walking in the neighborhood today, talking with people about Jesus. My son son has something he wants to share with you, would that be o.k.?” I said, “Sure!”.

The little boy started reading from a piece of paper about Jesus. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but the boy was very serious about what he was reading to us. By this time, my wife was standing with me, and we both listened and smiled. The boy did a great job, even though he was a bit nervous. 

When he was finished, we thanked him, and I think I shook the boys hand. We both thanked his dad, too. They didn’t want anything from us, they only wanted to share the Word of the Lord. It was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever experienced in my life.

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