Sacred Heart of Jesus Have mercy On Us

Sacred Heart of Jesus Have mercy On Us

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pray for Father Corapi!

     One of Fr. Corapi's more memorable quotes, for it resounds in my mind often, is that "Talk is cheap!" Yes, talk IS cheap. Writing is cheap. Blogging is cheap. Texting is cheap. Chatting is cheap. All perfectly normal and acceptable human behaviors, but that is the underlying problem, these activities are ordinary, natural, and common. The barrage and never ending deluge of commentary in the blogosphere and particularly on facebook, as it relates to the "Fr. Corapi scandal", is getting old and depleted of interest.
     Christ said, " BEHOLD! I make ALL things new! " We are in a renewal process. Fr. Corapi is being renewed in his spirit and soul, despite the appearance of external crisis, as it relates to the state of his vocation. Most of what we hear is self-centered opinion and discussion of speculative 'facts'. And what are the facts? Well, if your eyes are trained to see and hear, you will emphatically be confident in your spirit that Fr. Corapi has been a victim, is currently a holy and obedient priest, and NONE of the accusations are true. A discerning soul does not need evidence, for we know one of God's own and Mary's chosen.
     We have all the angels and saints in Heaven waiting to answer novenas, to intercede, so let us call upon our triumphant brethren who are staring at the face of the Almighty! We have Our Mother and a rosary that should never cease to be used. Carry one with you everywhere you go, and ask your guardian angel to pray the rosary for you during the times you are unavailable. Instead of spending five hours in front of the computer a day, and eight hours earning money; spend one hour daily or even three times a week in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Invest in Jesus, and be assured He will be sewing His graces in you! If people would show up more often to receive His gifts of grace, we could accomplish so much more in terms of prayer.
     Prayer is not complicated. It is not how our mind peruses, or how our intellect produces, or even how our lips move with many words. It is a daily offering of daily duty and vocational obligation. It is a simple surrender and profound submission to the power of the Trinity that resides within. Remember, the SAME power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead, is the SAME power that is inside our mortal tabernacle through baptism. Every time we receive Holy Communion we walk around with the same Jesus that died on the cross, defeating the devil at Calvary, inside our souls. Think about it. There should be no more mourning for Father Corapi, but only rejoicing! Victory IS coming. Vindication is coming! Let us boldly and with much prayer, approach the Throne of Grace, and never look back. Pax Christi.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A letter to John Corapi; priest, brother, and friend.

Dear Friend,
    The good Lord knows of your innocence. We, the faithful people of God, His beloved children, recognize your innocence. You are a victim, following in the footsteps of our Perfect Victim, Jesus. We all feel the sting of your victimization, the violent attack on your vocation, for some us of have suffered such within our own vocation. More significantly,  we feel the sting because we live in sacrificial love for you our brother, our father, and our friend.
     Your life has been a testimony to the truth of II Corinthians ch. 1, vs. 3-5:

" Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.  For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. "

     Christ's sufferings are overflowing onto you Father Corapi, and as a faithful shepherd of the flock, your sufferings overflow onto your brethren; the church militant.  Likewise, those graces and brilliant, spiritually fueled encouragements have overflowed onto all of us throughout your many years of blood, sweat and tears of ministry. Now you have the tears. Many tears. For the future is unknown. You have suffered more than mere betrayal of a confidante, of one you pulled out from the trashcan of a life defiled by self-will. Your good name has been profaned seemingly by one whose person hood epitomizes the filth of sin and evil. An agent of satan dancing the solo incantation of a wicked principality we know as Jezebel. Like Mel Gibson once said in reference to his movie, the Passion of the Christ; satan often comes in the form of a woman or a child. A true mockery of the Madonna and her Child.
     The greatest disturbance is how those in a position to remedy this situation, stand by doing nothing, as you are hauled to the slaughter. Bishops, priests, laypeople, and professional catholics so concerned with their own pride of reputation, refuse to get involved and do the right thing. Hell is full of such persons. Do we not ask the Lord to forgive us for the things we have failed to do? This is how we separate the men of God from the boys of the world. This is how we separate the Marian women from the girls of the world. Through your trial God is showing us where the weeds are sown amongst the wheat within the community of believers. Your enemies are God's enemies, and God's enemies are enemies of the Cross, and the cross is the ONLY WAY we enter Heaven.
     Father Corapi, it is a grace that God should think so highly of you, that he desires for you to carry Calvary etched within your soul, and to permeate His fragrance mystically throughout the world. One can only accomplish such intercession by immolation on a thorn in the crown of Christ. So He gives you such a painful thorn which mediates much, but suspends one in the darkness of despair, depression, discouragement, and disillusionment. The suffocating weight of such a mighty, mystical cross blankets the mind with great torment, and the soul sees no hope, for the Lord holds the hope carved within the palm of His hand; knowing one day His mighty hand will raise you up to new heights.
     We love you our friend, John Corapi. We pray for you daily. God has blessed you with a massive army of sheepdogs. Hang in there. You kept us enduring and hanging in there for many years. Now, our souls and the prayers of the heart uphold you. Never cease waiting on God. In His time not ours. Not a single follower of Christ could keep one hour with Him during His agony. Not a single friend helped Him carry His cross to Calvary; a man had to be forced to assist. So we are so blessed to have each other. God bless.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Black SheepDog

     I have been away for some time now. The challenges, a polite and diplomatic way of saying, the crosses in our respective lives oftentimes require experiential attention; and what I mean by that is we have to surrender to the experience regardless of how insurmountable, tortuous, and just plain awful such events linger within our daily lives. In the aftermath of Lenten season, I was presented yet with another unanticipated occasion to face my worst fears, so to speak, and as time goes on I realize that despite my lack of cooperation and frequent unwillingness, God is continuously trying to teach me to NOT be afraid, and to trust. Easier said than done. If we never have the invitation to battle the big dragon, and sometimes severely so, we never are graced with the privileged opportunity to know our Lord more intimately, and to ultimately witness His powerful action of deliverance and thus victory.
     In one of Fr. John Corapi's teachings, the priest now known as the Black SheepDog, he makes a subtle reference to healing and deliverance, and that NOT being his charism. I beg to differ. The prophetic words of Black SheepDog exist as a mystical, inaudible voice branded in my conscience; and when trials are on the rise and the warfare escalates, I hear that voice booming in my brain with simple words of wisdom that have carried me miles and for years in my suffering. Corapi's personal testimony alone and sharing of events and interaction with the Blessed Mother, are enough to bring the most stubborn to tears and inundate the soul with great consolation and comfort. To me, that is emphatically and experientially evidence of a charism to heal and deliver, similar to the words of Jesus, breathing the efficacious power of the Holy Spirit and freeing people. Through his gift of apostolic preaching, Fr. Corapi clearly revealed a hidden yet obvious gift of healing and deliverance.
    I feel saddened that Fr. Corapi has chosen to step down from public ministry. I feel grieved that he is violently and publicly being scandalized by His own brethren. I feel angry that once again a wonderful and chosen priest of Jesus Christ is being persecuted by Jezebel, satan's bride.  Accusation in today's world, a formidable culture of death, seems to reign over truth each and every time. The power of accusation is that it needs no authentic substantiation, for by mere virtue of its utterance and proliferation, it accomplishes its devastating agenda successfully. More importantly it reveals what we have suspected all along; more of those are blinded by the lie and subject to the influence of the demon, than those few who are aligned with truth and its revealing discernment.
    Those closest to us usually become our greatest spiritual enemies and detractors, and thus enemies of the gospel and of Christ Himself.  Psalm 55 is highly apropos in the case of Fr. Corapi. Especially, the verses 13-15, underscore the intimate pain of spiritual betrayal;

     "If an enemy had reviled me, that I could bear. If my foe had viewed me with contempt, from that I could hide. But it was you, my other self, my comrade and friend, You , whose company I enjoyed, at whose side I walked in procession, in the house of God."

     We become one body, mystically unified particularly through the liturgy, culminating with the reception of the Eucharist; and the same members of our common being, walk out the door and sell us for thirty pieces of silver, or less. In a time of prosperity, especially spiritual growth and gain, an enemy will never remain hidden. We come to understand the meaning of, " the heart of man is deceptively wicked."
     I am grateful for the Black Sheepdog. Through trial and persecution, and grave suffering, he has come to understand perhaps that in today's evil times, it is insufficient to guard and to guide the flock, but his lifelong training has prepared him to engage in the greatest warfare yet to unfold; it is now time to fight with the one on one combat, to remove the enemies and invaders of the sheepfold, and to prevent further invasion, entry and contamination. The enemy is not always an obvious and drooling demon licking its chops, but can be a man disguised with a popular clerical reputation or a women disguised by religious knowledge and piety. The enemy has invaded the sheepfold but not as a witch or a warlock, but as a shepherd, a religious, or seemingly saintly lay person.
    God bless the Black Sheepdog.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Found this on facebook. So true.

The Spirit of God is a spirit of peace. Even in the most serious faults He makes us feel a sorrow that is tranquil, humble, and confident. This is precisely because of His mercy. The spirit of the devil, instead, excites, exasperates, and makes us feel, in that very sorrow, anger against ourselves. We should, on the contrary, be charitable with ourselves first and foremost. Therefore if any thought agitates you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives you peace, being the Spirit of Peace, but from the devil. St. Padre Pio

Friday, February 18, 2011


This is an excellent article by Michael H. Brown. He is presenting a facet or view of what too many are experiencing. Interesting


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Journey to Therese needs to be closed down.

Facebook's Adele Darnowski is really trying to make a name for herself. Scandalizing a priest to pursue your own need for attention is NOT the way to do it. In this article, of course, Adele does not give her full name and location. Just as on her Journey to Therese blogspot, the comments are filled with remarks authored by anonymous. Focus on your children, for you have many, and not a priest you claim to have been victimized by. God bless.

The Truth about Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

I had to reread and rethink this article. At first, I had reservations but Jenn Giroux has written some exquisite articles, inspired I do believe, about motherhood and pro-life matters. She came to the defense of Mel Gibson during his hour of crisis. She offers the same for Fr. Euteneuer. Worthwhile. I just wish Jenn Giroux would publish her work elsewhere. I post it only because it has merit but I did have to retrieve it off of the rag mag website.

Renew America has become the 'Catholic Inquirer.'

I am speechless at the malevolent cruelty of self-proclaimed catholics. Satan can cite scripture better than any of us, and clearly after reading Tom O'Toole's latest round of trash, I have learned that satan is also highly skilled at quoting the catechism. Renew American may offer the disclaimer that it does not endorse its writer's articles necessarily, but like every other rag mag, if you publish opinionated trash, you have offered your seal of approval. So let's see....HLI, removed...Renew America, removed...Journey to Therese by Adele Darnowski, removed....and the list will grow I am certain. I have never understood people who endorse something or someone so highly, and then scandalize the same with such diabolical violence in the next breath. Clearly, people who do not stand for something, fall for EVERYTHING. All three sources of 'fact', will probably be writing articles in the near future that Elvis is alive and well. God bless you all, but time to shake the dust of our sandals, and keep moving toward the Truth.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Join the novena! Pray for our beloved priest Fr. Euteneuer

Fr. Euteneuer's Hour of Agony

Friends. The ensuing scandal brewing and spewing it ugly, contaminating filth, of course could only be the wicked intoxicant concocted by the spirit of Jezebel.  Wicked, vile, principality who attacks the authentic prophets of God. The good news is we ultimately know the final fate of Jezebel, and her recruits. A woman with the blog, Journey to Therese, Adele Darnowski, speaks with an authority on the matter that presents no factual evidence, makes verbal claims unsubstantiated, and supports her attack on Eutenueuer with a litany of 'anonymous' comments. I do believe she lives in Canada. Clearly she was not witness or present at the exorcism she claims involved the violation of a woman. Pure scandal, pure license, pure accusation, purely calumniating gossip. Anyone who believes an iota of her claim, is part of the satanic agenda crucifying the man. I am ashamed to admit I followed her blog and was clearly fooled. Beware of sheep in wolves clothing, and by their fruits you will know them. Adele, you need to read John Paul Jackson's Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit. God bless Fr. Tom, and Lord intercede on behalf of him, in light of all the malevolent accusers.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Have you been baptized with the mystical fire?

Have you been baptized with the mystical fire?
Mary untie our knots.

Jesus I Trust In You

Jesus I Trust In You

Suffering and the Cross part 1

Suffering & Cross What can we learn from suffering? Sometimes we get stuck asking the question “Why do we suffer?” instead of asking “What can we learn through suffering?” When we ask this question, we realize that God allows the things he hates (e.g., sin and suffering) so that the things he loves (e.g., virtues, compassion, love, and new life) may grow. Sometimes suffering is necessary to achieve some good. In the Gospel of John (16:21), Jesus speaks of the suffering of a woman in labor. Although her pain is great, her joy is complete with the birth of her child. Sometimes when we are in the midst of suffering, it is difficult to see the good that can come out of it. However, whether it is the birth of a child or the development of a virtue, good often does follow from suffering. Suffering helps bring us closer to others. Through our own sufferings and heartaches, we come to understand the pain of others. Just as Jesus shared in our sufferings, we too are called to share in the sufferings of others. Suffering helps us to be better Christians and more Christ-like. In many respects, suffering is a gift, as it can teach us to be better Christians by teaching us about patience, humility, and compassion. Think about Job in the Old Testament. Job was a wealthy and revered man who was blessed with good health and a large family. And, in the eyes of the Lord, Job was good and righteous. However, Satan stripped Job of his earthly possessions, his family, and his health. Although Job endured great suffering, he remained steadfast in his faith in God. Moreover, his great suffering helped to purify and strengthen his love for God. Recall too the lives of the saints and martyrs. In Philippians 1:12-13, we read that St. Paul was not concerned with his own suffering; rather, he was pleased that his “imprisonment in Christ’s cause worked out to the furtherance of the gospel.” Likewise, St. Stephen and thousands of other martyrs not only grew closer to God in their suffering, but they chose a life (and death) of great suffering for their love of Christ. In their suffering, they remembered the Lord’s promise that “Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:10-12). And, most importantly, recall the passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As St. Francis de Sales reminds us, “Look intently and frequently on Christ Jesus, crucified, naked, blasphemed, slandered, forsaken and overwhelmed by every kind of weariness, sorrow and labor. Remember that your sufferings are not comparable to his in quality and quantity, and that you can never suffer for his sake anything equal to what he has suffered FOR YOU.” How amazing is God’s love for us! Our powerful, all good, and everlasting Lord – the Creator of the entire world – humbled Himself to take on the form of a man, and not just any man, but a slave. And, He obediently accepted death – death on a cross – because of His infinite love for us (Philippians 2:7-8). Suffering reminds us to look ahead to our eternal life with God. Sometimes, suffering forces us to take a time-out from this life. When we suffer, we are forced to ask the hard questions in life. We are forced to examine the meaning of life, and the meaning of death. And, we are forced to consider that this world makes no sense at all unless there exists some greater plan for us. Through it all, suffering inspires us to look ahead to the possibilities of eternal life – a life of truth, beauty, justice, and love – with God. The Lord reminds us to “Have no fear of the sufferings to come . . . remain faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10).Through our own sufferings, then, we are called to remember the sufferings of other Christians and of Christ Himself. Through our sufferings, we are called to be faithful to God, and to turn to Him for comfort. And, we are reminded that true peace and happiness can NEVER be found in this world; rather, as Christians, we must set our sights on the next world – and our eternal life with God. How are we to endure suffering? In modern society, we are taught that happiness is the ultimate goal. And, moreover, happiness is equated with immediate gratification, pleasures of the body and the palate, and possession of the “conveniences” created by modern technology. In this conception of happiness, suffering doesn’t seem to have a place. Yet, as Christians, we know that we are called to a life of holiness, and that the path to holiness often involves suffering. We believe that Christ saved us by His suffering, and that “we must work out our salvation in the same manner, through suffering and afflictions, enduring the injuries, denials and discomforts we meet with all possible meekness” (St. Francis de Sales). For Christians, then, suffering does have its place. If we are to be holy, we must endure our trials in accord with God’s will. When an evil happens to us, we must do all we can to remedy the situation. If we are at fault, we must humbly admit our transgression. And, if the evil is caused by another, we must bless that person and “never repay injury with injury” (Rom. 12:14, 17). We must be patient in our suffering – we must not complain or seek pity from others. We must consider the suffering of other Christians before us – and of Christ Himself. We must offer up our suffering to Christ. We must remember that our time on this earth is short and our trials shall quickly pass. Above all, we must pray. The great mystic Thomas à Kempis said that we should always let Christ’s promises strengthen and console us. Receiving Him will be a reward beyond all measure. Thomas à Kempis “speaks” for Christ as follows: “You will not labor here for long, nor will you always be burdened with sorrows. . . . The hour will come when blood, sweat and tears will be no more. All that passes away with time is of little importance, and it passes away quickly. Whatever you do, do it well . . . bear adversity with courage. Eternal life is worth all these battles – and more ... Oh, if only you could see the everlasting crowns of the saints in heaven and how much glory they now enjoy – those same saints who, when they were alive, were held in utter contempt by the world and were thought unworthy of even drawing breath . . . Are not all painful labors to be endured for eternal life. It is no small thing to lose or gain the kingdom of God! So, lift your face to heaven. Look at me and all my saints with me, they who in this world have had great contention. They are now joyful, they are now consoled, they are now safe, they are now at rest, and they will forever remain with me in my Father’s kingdom.” What is meant by redemptive suffering? Pope John Paul II wrote: “In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each man, in his sufferings, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ” (Salvifici Doloris). St. Paul likewise realized that his sufferings had redemptive power: “I find joy in the sufferings I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Colo. 1:24). Some people are concerned that St. Paul’s words imply that Christ’s passion was insufficient for our redemption. Before Christ died, He cried out, “It is finished,” meaning that He had accomplished our redemption. But, as Pope Pius XII said in his encyclical on the Mystical Body (Mystici Corporis Christi): “In carrying out the work of redemption Christ wishes to be helped by the members of His Body. This is not because He is indigent or weak, but rather because He so willed it for the greater glory of His spotless Spouse (Church). Dying on the Cross, He left to the Church the immense treasury of the Redemption. Towards this she (the Church) contributed nothing. But when those graces come to be distributed, not only does He share this task of sanctification with His Church, but he wants it, in a way, to be due to her action. What a deep mystery . . . that the salvation of many depends on the prayers and voluntary penances which the members of the Mystical Body offer for that intention, and on the assistance of pastors of souls and of the faithful…” Jesus wants to honor us, the members of His Mystical body by participating in His redemptive mission (Colo.1:24). Compiled by Fr. Herman (Feb. 11’07--the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes).

Suffering and The Cross part 2

Suffering & The Cross The Shrine at Lourdes was chosen last year for the World Day of Prayer, because it was the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In fact, it was on Dec. 8, 1854, that Blessed Pius IX, affirmed that “the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from every stain of original sin.” At Lourdes, Mary, speaking in the local dialect, said: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” With these words, did not the Virgin perhaps wish to express the bond which joins together health and life? Just as death entered the world through original sin, so through the merits of Jesus Christ, God preserved Mary from every stain of sin, and salvation and life came to us (Rom. 5:12-21). The original plan of God for creation was thereby restored in Christ. The great work of Redemption, accomplished through the precious blood of Christ, began with the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In Jesus, every person is called to the fullness of holiness (Col. 1:28). Just as Jesus is the source of life which overcomes death, Mary is the solicitous mother who comes to the assistance of her children, obtaining for them health of body and soul. This is the message that the Shrine of Lourdes constantly presents to devotees and pilgrims. This is also the meaning of the physical and spiritual healings that take place in the grotto of Massabielle. From the day of her apparition to St. Bernadette Soubirous, Mary’s prayers “cured” pain and sickness, restoring health of body to so many of her children. However, her intercession achieved even more surprising miracles in the souls of believers, opening their hearts to re-encounter her Son Jesus, the true response to the most profound aspirations of the human heart. The Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her at the moment of the Incarnation, transforms the souls of countless sick people who turn to Him. Even when they do not obtain health in body, they can always receive something even more important—conversion of heart, the source of peace and of interior joy. This gift transforms their existence and makes them apostles of the cross of Christ, vessels of hope even when confronted with the most difficult trials. Suffering is part of the human condition, and man has to learn to accept and overcome it. But how can we do that, if not through the cross of Christ? In the death and resurrection of the Redeemer, human suffering finds its most profound meaning and its salvific value. The entire weight of the tribulations and sufferings of the human race is condensed in the mystery of a God who, assuming our human nature, denied Himself even to the point of making Himself “sin on our behalf” (2 Cor. 5:21). On Golgotha, He was weighed down with the sins of every human creature and, in the solitude of abandonment, cried out to the Father: “Why have you abandoned me?” (Mt. 27:46). From the paradox of the Cross flows the response to our most unsettling questions. Christ suffers for us. He takes upon Himself the suffering of all and redeems it. Christ suffers with us, giving us the possibility of sharing with Him our own sufferings. United to the sufferings of Christ, human suffering becomes a means of salvation. That is why the believer can say with St. Paul: “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the Church” (Col. 1:24). Sorrow, accepted with faith, becomes the door for entering into the mystery of the redeeming suffering of the Lord. This is a suffering which does not take away peace and happiness, because it is illuminated by the splendor of the Resurrection. At the foot of the Cross, Mary suffers in silence, participating in a very special way in the sufferings of her Son. She became the mother of all people, ready to intercede so that every one can obtain salvation. It is not difficult to understand this singular participation of Our Lady in the salvific role of Christ. The miracle of the Immaculate Conception reminds believers of a fundamental truth. It is only possible to attain salvation by participating with docility in the plan of the Father, who willed to redeem the world through the death and the resurrection of His only-begotten Son. He wanted to show how He loves us. He wanted to show the horribleness of sin and the displeasure we earn by our disobedience to His commandments. He wanted us to know the costliness of attaining heaven. He also wanted to tell us how sin is infectious, like a ripple in a lake. With Baptism, the believer is inserted into this salvific plan and is freed from original sin. Sickness and death, although they continue to be present in our earthly existence, nonetheless lose their negative meaning. In the light of faith, the death of the body, conquered by the death of Christ (Rom. 6:4), becomes the obligatory passage to the fullness of immortal life. I recall what Mother Teresa said when she visited our seminary in Madras in the year 1963: “You are to become apostles of joy, to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus through joy. You have heavy crosses waiting for you in your future ministry. Remember the passion of Christ ends always in the joy of Resurrection; so when you feel in your own heart the suffering of Christ, remember the Resurrection has to come, the joy of Easter has to dawn. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Christ.” I know this has been repeatedly told to her sisters. God is love, and we are truly called to become instruments of His love on earth, not to become apostles of compromise of God’s teachings for the sake of peace. We do a disservice to our fellow man if we do not point out their error and ignorance. We are called to lift the veil of untruth and error and show the beauty of God and His plan for human beings. At Christmas in the Eastern Church, there is a practice of embroidering the swaddling clothes with the Sign of the Cross. Also, the figure of the Divine Infant is presented with arms extended, as he would be on the Cross. We have the same kind of baby Jesus in our parish. In those symbolic ways is presented the unity of the mystery of redemption, joy, and sorrow. From the wood of the crib to the wood of the cross, the mystery is one. The poverty, the abandonment, the rejection which Jesus suffered on the Cross, He already experienced at His coming. We need to understand that life should be the same. Just as beneath the Cross there was the comfort of loving hearts, so at Bethlehem He was greeted with the joyful welcome of pure hearts and the song of the angels. When we celebrate His coming every year with special solemnity, we greet Him with the age-old song, “Venite adoremus”, “Come let us adore Him.” Beneath the Cross, our prayer of worship is the same: ‘We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.’ In our lives, punctuated by the interplay of Bethlehem joy and Calvary sorrow; we are certain that the same love that made Him come and made Him die for us, is always beside us. This is the mystery of the Cross. Pray to Our Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help that she may help every Christian witness to the fact that the only authentic response to sorrow, suffering, and death is Christ, our Lord, who died and rose for us. Compiled by Fr. Herman April 11, 2004