“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matt. 6:24)

COVETOUSNESS, OR THE WORSHIP OF MAMMON: He who “serves” mammon is the man who fondly considers the gaining and increasing of riches to be the greatest business of life, and neglects the worship of God and the care of his own soul, not even shrinking from such sins as theft, usury and perjury, if they will enable him to add to his wealth.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

HOLY SATURDAY


On Holy Saturday we await at the Lord’s tomb, with Mother Mary and the holy men and women, meditating on Jesus suffering and death. The altars are left bare, and the Sacrifice of the Mass is NOT celebrated anywhere in the world. Only after the solemn Vigil during the night, held in anticipation of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, does the Easter celebration begin, with a spirit of joy that overflows into the following period of fifty days until Pentecost!

The Madonna in Sorrow

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Statue of Jesus lying in the tomb (Monastery of San Joaquín y Santa Ana, Valladolid) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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4 Ways to Read the Bible

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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4 Ways to Read the Bible – wikiHow.

There are a variety of reasons you may wish to read the Bible. It may be that you are Christian but have never read the Bible or have not read the entire Bible. It may be that you are not Christian but wish to read the text so as to understand it and be better able to discuss it with your peers. You may wish to read the Bible for academic purposes, such as to gain an understanding of ancient Near Eastern history. Here are some suggestions to help you get started reading the Bible.

To get the most out of the Bible, take care not to pick and choose certain verses to neglect others. Try to read the entire Bible from beginning to end. This way, you will gain a much better understanding of the biblical context and what the Bible really teaches as a whole.

I recommend the Ignatius RSV Catholic Edition Bible and the Douay Rheims Version, which was translated in English from the original Latin Vulgate.

Continue reading here: http://www.wikihow.com/Read-the-Bible

 

The 1994 Ignatius re-issue of the RSV Catholic...

The 1994 Ignatius re-issue of the RSV Catholic Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #185

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore solicitous for to morrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.” (Matt. 6:33-34)

CARE FOR OUR SALVATION must be our chief concern as Christians. Before everything else we must try to attain to the kingdom of heaven, i. e. to save our souls, and for this end we must live in the grace of God and strive ceaselessly after His “justice.” A true love of ourselves demands this of us, for our soul is more precious than our body, and we ought to seek its interests first.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

deaconjohn1987:

Good post! I pray every day for all Bishops, priests & deacons, and an increase in vocations especially the missionary life! Have a blessed and holy Triduum!

Originally posted on Faith in our Families:

Tonight we celebrate the last supper – the first Mass. We also see Jesus wash the feet of the disciples. In Judaism, the Kohen (a member of the priestly class) has his hands washed prior to performing the Priestly Prayer. Historically, this also included washing the feet, although today they often simply remove their shoes. It is one of the rare instances where foot washing is prescribed, following the command of Exodus 30:20-21 that the priestly class “shall wash their hands and their feet” prior to coming to the altar. The foot washing in John 13 is a prelude to Jesus’ own High Priestly Prayer in John 17. In performing the washing of the feet, Jesus is conferring priesthood on his apostles. It is a way of extending the authority of the Aaronic priesthood to the apostles. 

This lent I decided to drink only water (except on Sunday’s) for the specific…

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SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #184

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

 

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“Be not solicitous therefore, saying: What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things.” (Matt. 6:31-32)

CONFIDENCE IN GOD: Are we, then, to take no thought for the things of this life, such as food and clothing? Yes; we must, according to our abilities, provide for them, but we are not to be over-anxious, and must trust in the goodness, wisdom and power of God. We must work, but we must also pray; for all our efforts will be quite useless without the blessing of God.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

 

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deaconjohn1987:

No, I don’t!

Originally posted on Faith in our Families:

Brace yourself…

“Oh I hate the Easter vigil! It’s sooo long for goodness sake! Why do they have to stick all those baptisms in there?”

I actually heard someone say those words this week. I chose not to reply as it would only have resulted in me having to go confession. Again. 
I have been involved in a lot of discussions recently regarding the ‘best’ way to celebrate Holy Mass. The Trads like the Tridentine, with the air so thick with incense you can hardly see the person next to you at the sign of peace (oh! no, wait… they don’t do that do they?!) The Libs like the folk music and the happy clapping and don’t really mind if the woman distributing Holy Eucharist is wearing jeans and trainers. 
Me? My favorite mass is the beautifully simple 7.30am. No bells or whistles. No happy clapping folk maniacs. No kids…

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