April 9, 2017 EASTER SPECIAL

Celebrating 8 Years Online

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Now the next day, the great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of palms and went forth to meet him. And they cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.”

~St. John 12:12-13~

Did You Know?

THAT…1.2 billion Catholics, members of the largest Christian faith in the world, will be celebrating Holy Week this week?

Good News

The newest news on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin

USA Today reports that new testing has pushed the Shroud of Turin back to Christ’s time: The new test, by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy, used the same fibers from the 1988 tests but disputes the findings. The new examination dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ.


In the News

Pope Francis will visit a prison on Holy Thursday

This Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will wash the feet of prison inmates and say Mass at their penitentiary. The Pope will visit Paliano prison south of Rome the afternoon of April 13. He will make a private visit and say the Mass of the Last Supper, Vatican Radio reports.


Picture of the Week

The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is identified as the place of where both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth can be found. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world.

You can take a 360-degree tour of the entire Church and see the actual tomb of Jesus and the exact spot He was crucified on HERE…

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.


Susi’s Weekly Column

Jesus, Lord of Creation

~by Susi Pittman

The union of the divine with the human material in the personage of Jesus Christ—Word of God, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Lord of Creation—is the foundation of all blessings upon man and upon the whole of creation.


Catholic Journeyman

Decorating for Easter

~by Louis Templeman

It is in the observance of a Catholic altar prepared for the Easter celebration that Louis draws upon the paradox of the horrific and sublime.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

All Creation Praises the Lord

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

At Easter we are reminded that ALL creation gives God praise!


Weekly Commentary

Jesus’ lament on the Culture of Death as He is on His Way to the Cross- by Monsignor Charles Pope

As awful as the crucifixion would be, as mightily sinful as it was for us to have condemned the Lord, Jesus says that something worse is coming, something even more awful. What was He talking about? Is it a prophecy for our times? When we read any biblical text, we should ask three questions: What did it mean then? What does it mean now? What does it mean for me?


Catholic Writers

Anne Catherine Emmerich

Anne Catherine Emmerich was an Augustinian nun who was born 8 September 1774 at Flamsche, in the Diocese of Münster, in  Germany and who died at Dulmen on 9 February 1824. During her life she experienced the mystical phenomenon of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, which after a study ordered by her bishop were judged by a panel of physicians and clergy to be authentic. In addition she had mystical visions, the content of which came to be written down by Clemens Brentano, a man who served as her secretary in this regard. Among the most famous of her writings is the The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Mel Gibson movie The Passion of The Christ has caused new interest in the writings of the Catholic mystics Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich. Although the  source of the movie is the Gospels, Gibson nonetheless appears to have taken some inspiration for his artistry from her writings which he acknowledges were important to the spiritual journey which lead him to make the movie.

On 2 July 2003 a decree of a miracle was promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, opening the way for her Beatification.

A Recommended Read

The Dolorous Passion of Christ

~by Anne Catherine Emmerich

Faithful to the Bible story of the Passion and death of Jesus, it fills in many details and is edifying and inspiring beyond belief; plus, it is surprising and heart-rending. It will melt a heart of stone. This book is the best on the Passion we have seen. It is also wonderful on the Blessed Mother’s role in our redemption. Includes a short biography of Sr. Emmerich. A great, great book for the whole family! The audio version is read by Roger Basick.

Sister Emmerich’s account of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, while faithful to the Bible, is heart-rending, edifying and surprising-because of its intimate detail. Based on the visions of this great mystic, The Dolorous Passion recounts in incredible detail the horrendous sufferings undergone by our Saviour in His (it would seem) superhumanly heroic act of Redemption. The Dolorous Passion is a singular book that conveys a lasting impression of the terrible agony of Our Lord’s sufferings for us.

Mel Gibson based his movie, “The Passion” on this book!


Quote of the Week

And behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world.

~ Jesus, The Messiah ~

Behold, I Make all things new!

Geology & Archaeology

Zedekiah’s Cave: A Geological Look

This mysterious cave located east of Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem goes back about 1,000 feet under the northern Old City wall, and about 2,000 years in history. Make that 2,600 years, if you include the legend that gave it its name. It is said that Zedekiah, Jerusalem’s last biblical king, a Babylonian puppet deposed of during the final siege on the city, attempted to flee Jerusalem to Jericho through this cave. He was captured and brought before the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, where his sons were murdered in front of him and his eyes were put out (2 Kings 25:1-6).



What was the climate and weather of Israel like at the time of Jesus

The climate of Israel in Jesus’ time may not have been quite as warm and dry as it is today. Several references in Scripture would seem to imply that the land was wetter and more suitable for agriculture in the past, not requiring the significant irrigation prevalent in the Middle East now. For example,

And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar (Genesis 13:10).



The Sustained, One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church – Over 2,000 Years Old

According to Catholic tradition, Jesus founded the papacy in the first century, when he chose St. Peter, the leader of the apostles, to be his earthly representative. “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church,” he states in chapter 16 of Matthew. “I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” Those words, which now circle the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, serve as the biblical mandate for the papacy. All popes are considered symbolic descendants of Peter and are thought to hold “Peter’s Chair”

Since then, there have been more than 260 occupants of the papal office. The institution has endured through the defining moments of European history, including the split of the Roman Empire, the bloodbath of the crusades and the rise of the Italian Renaissance. More recently, popes have struggled to reconcile the strict traditions of doctrinaire Catholicism with the realities of modern life, including defending firm stances against abortion and the death penalty. Here, a short history of some of the most notable occupants of “St. Peter’s Chair.”


God’s Green Earth

For lo, the winter has past – Yehoram Gaon

Farm News

Nazareth Village – Israel

Small-town life in the time of Jesus has been authentically recreated at Nazareth Village, just 500 metres south-west of the landmark Church of the Annunciation. On hillside farm terraces growing olives, figs and pomegranates, visitors can encounter a shepherd tending his flock, a carpenter using his tools and a weaver demonstrating her craft. As the seasons pass, a farmer breaks open the ground with a plough pulled by donkeys, crops are planted and pruned, olives are harvested and pressed, grapes are picked and crushed by foot, and wheat is cut and threshed.


Steward Alerts

The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent. From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.


Steward Activities

Shroud 2.0

In the technology era the Holy Shroud becomes “2.0” with the first official App for iPad and iPhone.

For the first time in history the most detailed image of the Shroud ever achieved becomes available to the whole world, thanks to a streaming system, which allows a close-up view of the Cloth: each detail of the cloth can be magnified and visualized in a way which would otherwise not be possible.

This opportunity is made possible by the very high-definition image of the cloth achieved by Haltadefinizione® in 2008. This technology is also used in art field on works such as, among others, the Last Supper by Leonardo, and the most famous paintings by Botticelli.

This application allows to enhance the understanding of the Shroud in an interactive and dynamic way through a real virtual tour along four theme routes, corresponding to four “navigation” options: story from the Gospels, elements of the Cloth, elements of the figure, and scientific aspects.


A Song Before The Lord

Mary did you know?

The Environment

Israel and Environmental Protection

Israel, with a population over 7.8 million today, is the world’s only developed country whose population is growing against a backdrop of population density. To combat pollution of the Mediterranean and Red Sea coastlines, Israel has adopted a multifaceted program of inspection, legislation, enforcement, shore clean-ups and international cooperation, primarily within the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan.

Enforcement of environmental legislation is a top priority alongside environmental education, from kindergarten to university. The public takes part in environmental law enforcement as anti-litter trustees and animal welfare trustees empowered to report on violations of the respective laws. Economic tools are increasingly used to promote environmental improvement, both in the form of financial grants to industries which invest in pollution prevention and in the form of taxes and levies on polluters. In line with the principles of sustainable development, efforts are directed at resource conservation and prevention of pollution in all economic sectors.


The Garden

Wildflowers in the Holy Land

If you could walk the countryside of The Holy Land and the city of Jerusalem, what flowers might you see? Here is list of the sites with special wild flowers, herbs and plants.


Wellness & Nutrition

What would Jesus eat?

There were a variety of foods available in the Holy Land. Chief crops were wheat, barley, olives, grapes; legumes such as lentils, fava beans, chickpeas; and vegetables such as onions, leeks, and garlic. Life was also made sweeter with fruits such as olives, grapes, date palms, apples, watermelon, pomegranates, figs, and sycamores (a low-quality fig eaten mainly by the poor). The people also raised sheep, goats, and cattle, and fished from the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. Wine from the grapes was the main beverage.



And God said, “let there be light…”

The Hubble Telescope has opened our eyes to the endless majesty of God’s creative mind.

Our Holy King, Lamb of God, Lion of Judah


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