"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, April 4, 2010

REJOICE, the LORD is RISEN!


HAPPY EASTER to ALL. May the Lord bless your sacrifices for Lent and fill you will peace, prosperity, joy and love.

I would like to share with you a good reflection from SABBATH, a Kerygma Family reflection, written by Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL:

THE GRAVE IS EMPTY

It must have been one of the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, experiences of human history — namely, going to the tomb and discovering that the body of Jesus is no longer there. And to make the experience even more extraordinary, it appears that Jesus has come back to life. I do not think anything could prepare anyone to face such an event without causing absolute and complete astonishment. Yet, this is what we celebrate in today’s liturgy.

As one relatively modern Church hymn puts it, ‘… death could not hold him down; he is risen!’ This is the proclamation of the Church today and it is a truth that has ramifications for all humanity, not just Christians, because the salvation Jesus wins today is for all men and women of all time. But, I hear you say, how can this be if people do not believe or know the truth? The simple answer to this rebuttal is that it is up to us, who believe and know the truth, to proclaim it to those who do not. This is why Jesus instituted the Church, not so that we can have a cozy club to pat one another on the back, but to stand up straight in the market place and proclaim the Good News that Jesus is risen from the dead and your sins are forgiven.

If we want to experience the fullness of the gift of salvation, we have to begin sharing the Good News with others. Let me assure you, there is no better feeling than that of having shared the Good News with someone and experiencing them undergo a conversion of heart to faith in Jesus Christ. More and more today, we need men and women willing to sacrifice their own desires for pleasure and a comfortable life in order to work for the goal of seeing heaven more populated than it is at the moment. This work is the most satisfying work anyone can do. Let us give God a chance to use us to bring about His Kingdom in the lives of others here on earth.
-Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
(Thanks to Bro. Jacky Alcoriza from Batangas, a CFC-SFC member for sharing with me the link)

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