"Jesus transfigured on Mount Tabor wished to show His disciples His glory not to avoid their passing through the cross, but to indicate where the cross leads to."
"The Gospel of this Second Sunday of Lent presents to us the account of Jesus’ Transfiguration (cf. Matthew 17:1-9).
Taking three of the Apostles, Peter, James and John aside, He led them
up a high mountain, where this singular phenomenon happened: Jesus’ face
'shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light' (v. 2).
Thus the Lord made that Divine glory shine in His person, which could be
received with faith in His preaching and in His miraculous gestures.
And, accompanying the Transfiguration on the mountain was the apparition
of Moses and Elijah, 'talking with Him' (v. 3).
'luminosity' that characterized this extraordinary event symbolized the
purpose: to illumine the minds and hearts of the disciples, so that they
could understand clearly who their Master was. It was a flash of light
that opened suddenly on the mystery of Jesus and illumined His whole
person and His whole story.
"Now firmly on
the way to Jerusalem, where He would suffer the condemnation to death by
crucifixion, Jesus wished to prepare His own for this scandal — the
scandal of the Cross –, for this scandal too strong for their faith and,
at the same time, announce ahead of time His Resurrection, manifesting
himself as the Messiah,
the Son of God. And Jesus prepares them there for that sad moment
of so much grief. In fact, Jesus was showing himself a different
Messiah in regard to the expectations, to what they imagined about the
Messiah, how the Messiah was: not a powerful and glorious king, but a
humble and vulnerable Servant; not a lord of great wealth, sign of
blessing, but a poor man who had no place to lay His head; not a
Patriarch with numerous descendants, but a celibate without a home and
without a nest. It was truly a revelation of God turned upside down, and
the most disconcerting sign of this scandalous reversal is the cross.
But precisely through the cross Jesus will attain His glorious
Resurrection, which will be definitive, not like this Transfiguration
that lasted a moment, an instant.
"Jesus transfigured on Mount Tabor wished to show His disciples His glory not to avoid their passing through the cross, but to indicate where the cross leads to.
One who dies with Christ, will rise with Christ. And the cross is
the door of the Resurrection. One who fights with Him, will triumph with
Him. This is the message of hope contained in Christ’s Cross, exhorting
to fortitude in our existence. The Christian Cross is not a furnishing
of the home or an ornament to wear, but the Christian cross is an appeal
to the love with which Jesus sacrificed Himself to save humanity from
evil and from sin. In this Lenten Season, we contemplate with devotion
the image of the crucifix, Jesus on the cross: it is the symbol of the
Christian faith; it is the emblem of Jesus, dead and risen for us. Let
us so regard the Cross as marking the stages of our Lenten itinerary, to
understand increasingly the gravity of sin and the value of the
sacrifice with which the Redeemer saved us all.
Virgin was able to contemplate Jesus’ glory hidden in His humanity. May
she help us to be with Him in silent prayer, and to let ourselves by
illumined by His presence, to bear in our heart, through the darkest
nights, a reflection of His glory" (Pope Francis, 3/12/17).
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"Quick Explanation re Catholic Teaching & Contra-ception"
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Grotto of the Innocents in the Holy Land
St. Thomas More
Our 1st allegiance must be to God (a clip from "A Man for All Seasons").
Catherine of Aragon
"A Queen cherished by the English people for her loyalty, piety, courage and compassion."
Msgr. John J. Ryan
Dietrich von Hildebrand
Blessed Clemens Von Galen
Seven decades ago, he condemned attacks against human life.
The fictional Father Barry's "Sermon on the Docks"
Jesus stands beside us, to strengthen us in our most challenging moments.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, M.D.
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Her speech at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast
The Fictional Aunt Mae from Spiderman II
“Lord knows, kids...need a hero — courageous, self-sacrificing people....I believe there’s a hero in all of us…that keeps us honest…gives us strength…makes us noble…and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most – even our dreams.”
Judie Brown, formerly of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Professor Robert George of Princeton
"people who suppose that prostitution, adultery, fornication, & the like are morally innocent are profoundly mistaken....Laws against intrinsic evils such as prostitution, pornography, drug abuse, & the like, as well as those regulating gambling & alcohol, are justified, in part, by a concern to protect the public environment" (A Clash of Orthodoxies, pp. 101 - 108)