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Human suffering

An inspiring Homily at Palm Sunday Mass last week made me reflect on a question that many of us have probably asked ourselves at least once at some point in our lives: Why do good or innocent people have to suffer, or why do bad things happen to good human beings? If God is loving and merciful, why would He let us suffer? We could start by taking a closer look into our Christian Faith for some answers.

Although Resurrection is a central part of our Faith, we must not forget that Jesus Christ humbled Himself by becoming a man to speak to us in our level so that we could know the Eternal Father. When we meditate on His incarnated life and His suffering, we are inspired to learn to live and be like him; this is why we celebrate His sacrifice at Mass every Sunday. Meditating on the events that led to Christ’s suffering upon the cross helps us put into context our own tribulations in life, and to  contemplate that we too can be sanctified through enduring and uniting our suffering with that of Jesus Christ.

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Today is Palm Sunday where we start Mass with the Procession of Palms to celebrate the victorious entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem but it ends in recounting the Crucifixion, with Our Blessed Lord being nailed to the Cross. Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the need to persevere in the Love for Our Lord even when others condemn and ridicule Him. Ave Maria!

Mar 28 – Homily: Of Palms and Nails – Video – Catholic Online.

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The Virgin Mary with Angels

Today I thought I’d write about the antagonism expressed by most non-Catholic Christians in regards to the Blessed Virgin Mary and/or the Catholic views on Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Most protestants tend to become emphatically averted  towards Catholicism because of Mary and it is not uncommon to hear people blaspheme and insult the Virgin Mary, because of their strong opposing opinions on the subject. It seems that however well-meaning and good intentioned they may be, many  fail to acknowledge the importance of the Holiest woman of all times, the one who carried Jesus in her womb. 

One obvious question that comes to my mind is why would any one who loves Jesus choose not to honor His mother? Certainly, God wouldn’t have chosen Mary to become the mother of Jesus,  if she wasn’t very special.  Would God choose any-one else but  the most worthy woman to be  the Mother of Christ, Who comes from the Father and is One with the Father?

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and will name him Jesus.  Lk 1:30-31 

Anyhow, it seems that  such resentment is caused either because of ignorance or prejudice, or both.  Unfortunately, there are many Christians who believe that Catholics worship Saints, or that we hope to get to Heaven through faith in Mary rather than in God! When in fact,  Catholics hold that salvation is a free gift of God and that there is nothing we can do to for ourselves to ‘deserve’ or ‘earn’ our salvation. In spite of their faith in God, Catholics  rely entirely on His mercy and grace to gain eternal salvation. 

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In my previous post I said that today I would be writing about Easter and the meaning of its celebration for Christians all around the world.  As I researched on the subject, I realized that there are many wonderful websites already available on online with a wealth of information on what is the most important Feast of Christianity: Easter. 

In spite of this, I decided to take up the challenge and write about it anyways. I will try, however, not to concentrate on the historical or biblical information, but rather on my personal experience,   and hopefully I can help you reflect on your own perception, or even learn something new from this post.   

As many of you may know, the season of Easter begins with the observance of a 40 days period from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. This period is observed by Christians as a time of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, and it is called Lent – in my native language we call it Quaresma, which originates from the Latin word Quadragésima or the 40th in Latin, thus the 40 days.

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Welcome all!! This is my very first post on this brand new blog and I am very excited about it. I will be posting as often as possible and hopefully I will be able to write about topics that can both interest you and inspire you to reflect on your own journey of faith.

As someone who is only beginning a personal journey towards truly knowing the Lord, I feel that writing a blog would give me not only additional motivation to study and meditate on God’s word and Jesus’ teachings, but it would be also a wonderful opportunity for me to share my journey with others as well as exchange mutual experiences.

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