During this time of Lent, we are reminded of the need to work on ourselves — to decide for holiness, which requires renunciations and ongoing conversion — to persevere in faith.
“Lord every nation on earth will adore you.” Psalm 71
New Mystical Body
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love.”
“Jesus’ life on earth finished not with his death on the Cross but with his Ascension into Heaven. It is the last of the mysteries of his life here on earth. It is a redemptive mystery which together with the Passion, Death and Resurrection makes up the Pascal Mystery…The Ascension strengthens and nourishes our hope of attaining Heaven. It invites us always to lift up our heart and seek the things that are above. Our hope is very great because Christ himself has gone to prepare a dwelling place for us.
“The mission of the Church is to continue always the work of Christ, to teach men divine truths and to make known the demands these truths impose, to help men follow God’s way through the grace of the sacraments.
” Jesus wishes each of us to remain in his place, sanctifying the world from within, improving it and placing it at the feet of God. Only thus will the world be a place where human dignity is valued and respected, a place where men live in peace, in true peace, the peace which is so closely linked with God.” Francis Fernandez, In Conversation With God
Artwork: The Ascension, Jacobus of Kokkinobaphos, 1208
“I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you. I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations, to open the eyes from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.” Isaiah 42: 6
“Whatever may be the historical and prophetic periods within which Isaih’s vision is set, we can well say that his words are fully fulfilled in Christ, in the Word who is his own but also ‘of the Father who sent him’ (Jn 5:37); in his Gospel which renews, completes and vivifies the law; and in the Holy Spirit who is sent by virtue of Christ’s redemption through his cross and resurrection, thus fully what God had already announced through the prophets in the old covenant. With Christ and in the Holy Spirit there is a new covenant, of which the prophet Ezekiel had prophesied as the mouthpiece of God: ‘I will give you a new heart and a new spirit: I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances…and you will be my people, and I will be your God'(Ez 36: 26-28).” Saint John Paul II, The Spirit – Giver of Life and Love, 1996
“The words of Jesus and His love are the only light and hope in the darkness of today….”
Our destination should be a definitive life with God — “the eternal Bethlehem,” as one saint put it.
And from our hearts we sing to her: Hail Holy Mother, you gave birth to the King, whose name is eternal; she who has conceived has at the same time the joy of motherhood and the glory of virginity. Fernandez, “In Conversation with God”
Artwork: El Greco (1541-1614)
Hopefully the selfies in the cathedral will bring people deeper into the reality of the Holy Family.
“May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; and the fullness of his message live within you.” Col. 3:15.16