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Saturday, April 19, 2014

HolyHaiku Easter Resurrection

The Resurrection
is the ultimate proof of
His love and mercy

Sidnote: “ 'If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain' (1 Cor 15:14) .The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings. All truths, even those most inaccessible to human reason, find their justification if Christ by his Resurrection has given the definitive proof of his divine authority, which he had promised" (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #651).

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Friday, April 18, 2014

HolyHaiku Sorrowful Mysteries

Contradiction's sign -
History's diving line -
accept     Love     or not -
How can God be sad?
Some will freely spurn His love.
Our love consoles Him.
sin carries burden
Eternity enters time
cross carries freedom

The King of Glory
Crowned in all Obedience
Humbled for us all

Christ had died for me
Love so great laid down for friends
Hope dies not also

Watching her Son die
Perfectly takes up her cross
A Mother's heart pierced
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

HolyHaiku Holy Thursday Eucharist

Unbound Love for all -
Sacrifice on Calvary -
Made present for all -
Sidenote: This #holyhaiku highlights the deep theological connection between the Holy Eucharist and the sacrifice of Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday. The ancient custom of molding the image of the crucifixion on the host is an apt expression of the mystery. The very words which Jesus used as he instituted the Eucharist ("... my body given for you ... my blood poured out for the forgiveness of sins ...") point to the close connection. The Mass is the place where we are most intimately placed in communion with the one offering of Jesus...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Comedy of Lent

It’s always a comedy, folks; it is never a tragedy. Even in lent we should remember that any time Jesus predicted his death, he always made mention of his resurrection.

You cannot even imagine the curtain to close once he’s placed in the tomb only to be opened with the stone three days later. No, there is no period only an ellipse, a dramatic pause. The movement of life continues through the false climax of the crucifixion to the real climax of the resurrection. If they were not so tightly knit together we would surely have neither one. For how could our Lord have seen his crucifixion to the end if he didn’t have his resurrection sustaining and propelling him? And what resurrection would there be if he was unable to fully complete his salvific act of self-offering? 

Please remember—always remember—that for Christ the story never ends with his crucifixion, and so it is for you, the Christian, the other Christ also. You may dwell there. You may meditate on the mystery of his passion, of course. And surely You will participate in it yourself, but it is precisely this reason why you cannot stay there, because neither did he.

We must always live with the resurrection in the forefront of our minds. Otherwise we will look like pickled peppers, and our Pope told us not to do that.

+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
Paterson, NJ 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Stations of the Cross HolyHaiku

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Palm Sunday

Jesus Drawing Near
Hosanna in the Highest
Humble Messiah

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Freedom and Truth

Once at St. Lucy’s Shelter in Jersey City, I met a homeless man who taught me something about how the truth sets us free. He is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for about a year. He mentioned a few times how humbling it was to be in a shelter situation since he had a college education and had done very well in the film industry. He spoke very articulately about how drinking had eventually caused him to lose everything and to isolate himself, too proud to ask any of his friends or co-workers for help.

After spending some time at the Salvation Army and now at St. Lucy’s, he is getting back on his feet. What was most impressive, however, was the apparent joy and glimmer in his eye as he spoke about how he was much more free than ever before in his life. He didn’t care anymore about all of the material goods he used to have—as long as he had a sandwich and a cup of coffee, he was content; although he was looking forward to the privacy of his own room again. He is a Christian man who has come to realize that he can’t simply rely on his own strength. Although not a Catholic, he was eager to receive a rosary and learn how he could pray with it.

Our Saviour’s line about “the poor you will always have with you, but me you will not always have” (Jn 12:8) sometimes throws us off a bit, as if we don’t need to be concerned about the poor. Our Lord was in fact quoting the Old Testament (Dt. 15:11), and was speaking to Judas, who was more concerned about his bank account than helping the poor anyway. But this homeless man came to realize as a poor man how the Lord Jesus is truly our greatest treasure, the Truth Himself, who sets us free. Paradoxically, we realize that we always have Jesus with us in the poor, who will always be with us. Where there is humble poverty, we find the truth that sets us free.

+ Fr. Richard Roemer, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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