Pope Francis met with the father of seriously-ill British toddler Alfie Evans in the Vatican before making an appeal, in which he reiterated his call to safeguard the lives of Alfie and of Vincent Laurent.
Pope Francis has asked us all to pray for peace in Syria especially. At 10 pm tonight, we are summoned all over the world beyond the geographical place where we... are located, beyond beliefs or religion, in a moment of recollection, prayer and plea for peace in Syria. The suffering of thousands of children, women and men who have no one to ask for help is abominable. In the eyes of everyone, we feel powerless because we can not do much more than pray. in prayer for peace. * * A strong demand. * We transform our compassion into a strong prayer of supplication. If you can resend please, you are asking for a prayer blanket. * please, word of mouth. * 🙏❤❤❤🙏 #prayforsyria #prayforpeace #popefrancis #allovertheworld #christiansunite
Friends, in today’s Gospel, the risen Jesus appears to his eleven disciples. He does not appear as a Platonic soul, a ghost, or a hallucination. Instead, he can... be touched and seen, has flesh and bones, and can consume baked fish. Against all their expectations, a dead man had returned, through the power of God, bodily and objectively from death.
Even while insisting on this bodiliness and objectivity, we must not go to the opposite extreme. It really was Jesus, the crucified, who had returned from the dead. But he did not come back simply resuscitated to the confines of ordinary space and time. He was not, in a word, like Lazarus, the daughter of Jairus, or the son of the widow of Naim, all people who had been raised only to die again.
Instead, Jesus’ body is transformed and transfigured, independent of the strictures of space and time; it is, in Paul’s language, a “spiritual” body. And the point is this: he has triumphed over death and all that pertains to death. His resurrected body is a foretaste and promise of what God intends for all of us.
Access some wonderful school resources developed by the Education Secretariat for next week's "Let's Talk Family! Let's Be Family! Dublin Diocesan Home/School F...amily Faith Week". Developed as part of the preparations to celebrate WMOF2018, the resources invite families and primary schools to reflect, explore and celebrate the joy of love in family life.
Friends, maybe you've seen informal evangelists at football or baseball games holding up a sign: “John 3:16.” Did you ever wonder what that means?
Well, we hear... this verse from the Gospel of John in today’s reading: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
I think it's good that those people hold up that sign, because in many ways that is the whole Gospel, and even the whole Christian tradition, in miniature. Every cathedral, every church, every poem, every drama, the life of every saint—that's what they're all about.
Christianity does not announce, primarily, our virtue; it doesn't sing our praises; it doesn't exult in human civilization. What it primarily does is announce that message: that even in our sin—you might say, especially in our sin—God loved us. And so what did he do? He broke open his own heart and he sent his own self into our humanity to heal us and offer us eternal life.
Pope Francis on Twitter: I wish to repropose the call to holiness: “Rejoice and be glad”. #GaudeteetExsultate
Read the Exhortation here: http://w2.vatican.va/…/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_201803…
Read the new Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today's world 'GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE' (Rejoice and Be Glad) which was published tod...ay.
This is one short phrase taken from the document which is another beautiful gift to the faithful from our Holy Father:
"I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile. Very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence."
What do you do on Sundays?
Here is a great little video for kids, teaching them about the readings for the second Sunday of Easter (that's this weekend!). Check it out, from Catholic Kids Media.