He is Risen! Happy Easter!

Luke 24:5-7

” They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.””

http://olivetree.com/b1/Luk.24.5-7.NABre

Happy Easter, everyone!

I used a photo of Christ the Redeemer that my mom took in Rio.  It was one of her last cruises before she passed on, with Msgr. Craig’s group from St. Francis on a South American cruise.   I made it a bit more sunny than the original.  Thanks, Mom.  Please thank Jesus in person for me.

 

 

 

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Good Friday: God So Loved the World

John 3:16

” For 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.”

http://olivetree.com/b1/Jn.3.16.NABre

These words of faith resonate with Christians of all denominations worldwide.  As we remember the momentous humility and sacrifice on the part of Jesus on this Good Friday, we must also contemplate that His message of LOVE guides us in our daily lives!

This gemstone painting was just completed by my friend, Jim Kuehne of JimsGems.org   – please check out his work.  It’s truly inspired!

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Good Friday: Let Us LIVE to Make Men FREE

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic,
US Civil War Song

Many of us grew up singing Julia Ward Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic in school and we certainly sing this in church on patriotic holidays, like July 4th and Memorial Day.

This final verse has always inspired me.   I personally feel that it has more meaning now, with our country so ideologically divided, perhaps more so than at any time since the Civil War.

Let us learn to put aside our political and religious differences.  Let us recognize and put an end to our bigotry…racial, religious, and otherwise.

WE are America and our diversity is what has made us great, and strong, and free!

God so loved the world that he sent us this only Son.  May we Americans build on that sacrifice to bring freedom to all men, women, and children!

 

This gemstone painting was one of three just completed by my friend, Jim Kuehne of JimsGems.org   – please check out his work.  It’s truly inspired!

I picked this particular work for this post because the shape of the stone struck me as having a deeper meaning.  With it’s resemblance to an arrowhead, it symbolized the fight for freedom and American unity that the Battle Hymn represents.  More importantly, it also can be interpreted as a forward button, as in we as a nation and a people must move forward from division to unity.

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Good Friday: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit

Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, Lord, God of truth.

Psalms 31:6

From the New American Bible, Revised Edition notes:

Into your hands I commend my spirit: in Lk 23:46 Jesus breathes his last with this Psalm verse. Stephen in Acts 7:59 alludes to these words as he is attacked by enemies. The verse is used as an antiphon in the Divine Office at Compline, the last prayer of the day.

This gemstone painting was just completed by my friend, Jim Kuehne of JimsGems.org   – please check out his work.  It’s truly inspired!

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Holy Thursday: Called to Serve

So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.

John 13:12-17

 

 

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