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Tuesday, 18-Apr-2006 00:14 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Happy 50 Days of Easter!

Risen Christ by Sister Margaret Beaudette, S.C.
"Jesus went through death to a new life that never dies. Because of this, Jesus opened up for us a new world of risen life. That is what we celebrate, this is our joy-- Not only did Jesus go through death to the other side, but, as he promised, he floods upon us this new and risen life. He breathes this life into us (the literal meaning of "spirit" is breath-- the breath of God). That is the symbolism of baptism-- going through to that new life, dying ot the "old world" and being born into the "new world." That is the experience of Confirmation and Eucharist.

We begin to live the new and risen life. This is not something that awaits our death. It is something here and now. That is the nearly unbelievable meaning of Easter. We celebrate the new life that Christ has reached and that we now share."


Risen Christ by Sister Margaret Beaudette, S.C.


"Now that we've fasted and sacrificed for 40 days, let us make these little changes of attitude and behavior carry into the 50 days of Easter, and beyond!

We are called to become the adopted children of God and to live with Him FACE-To-FACE in Heaven. This thought would have scared the children of Israel to death. When given the chance to stand before God on the mountain, they begged God to use Moses as their intercessor. Being so close to God in all His wonder and majesty was too much for the. Yet we are called to do just this.

Are we ready? Looking at ourselves, what are the areas we would improve upon? Let us begin today by welcoming the Lord into our celebration and remembering he is always present to us.


Wall hanging, Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Arrowhead, CA

May we all pray to become worthy children of God, strong in faith, hope, love and good deeds, loyal to Christ and His church, dedicated to God's will for us."

Thank you to Sharon for sharing this excerpt from "What Am I Doing for Triduum This Year?" Liturgy Training Publications and The Little Black Book:

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Monday, 17-Apr-2006 22:16 Email | Share | | Bookmark
MEDJUGORJE: The Garden of St. Francis

When we were in Medjugorje in 2004, we thoroughly enjoyed the flora -- red poppies, roses, and wildflowers -- in bloom.


Bright pomegranate flowers reaching up to the sky. More pictures here.

While perusing Marek's Medjugorje site, I discovered a place we must go to see when we are in Medjugorje this summer.

My husband, the horticulture professor and plant scientist, and I first met in a botany class as undergraduates. We continue to share an abiding love for plants, gardens, water features, and all things, natural. Visiting this garden will be a treat for us and a delightful respite from the rocky terrain (if you've been to Medjugorje, you know what I mean).

It will be a particularly meaningful place for us, as "the Garden of St. Francis was the last project initiated by Fr. Slavko, a project he loved very much. We read from his book as we climbed Krisevac on that fateful day in our lives, praying from the heart as Fr. Slavko recommends. I felt like he lead the way, while Our Lady held our hands as we made our way to the Cross. I read at another site that the coworkers and friends of Fr. Slavko continue to work on it and they will be grateful for any advise, suggestions or help from professionals working in or with nature or the environment." Perhaps, we can provide a small measure of help.

Here's a description of the garden from Marek's site, Our Lady of Medjugorje:

    St. Francis’ Garden, a forest in the northwest part of Mother’s Village, was the last project of the late Fr. Slavko Barbarić, inspired by Our Lady’s message, where she tells us: “Go into nature and look how nature is awakening and it will be a help to you to open your hearts to the love of God, the Creator.” (April 25, 1993)

    Through patient work and care, a neglected pine forest grown on rocky ground became a beautiful natural place for recollection and recreation, prayer and education. There are also two little artificial lakes, didactical material for work with children, several domestic and wild animals and birds, as well as three ponies, which serve for hypotherapy (therapeutical riding adapted for handicapped children).



Thank you, Marek!


>> Medjugorje USA site: another picture

>> A Welcoming Center for the Garden of St. Francis

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Monday, 17-Apr-2006 21:16 Email | Share | | Bookmark
ART: Our Lady of Medjugorje - Carmelo Puzzolo's Queen of Peace

I just learned of a comprehensive European-based Medjugorje site with Our Lady's messages in a slew of different languages, thanks to a comment left by a Gentle Reader, Marek. It is excellent and one that must put a smile on Our Lady's face.

Marek expressed an affinity and preference for the artistic rendering of Our Lady by Carmelo Puzzolo. It is a beautiful depiction; I agree wholeheartedly! We too were quite taken by it when we saw it in the "yellow building" on the campus of Medjugorje's St. James Church. I shot this while there, and it does not do justice at all to Mr. Puzzolo's fine work. It is far more beautiful "in person."


The visionaries say this life-sized oil-on-tissue rendering by Florentine artist Carmelo Puzzolo is the closest likeness of Gospa (Our Lady, Queen of Peace). Here is a link to give you a sense of 12' X 6' size. More pictures, here..


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Monday, 17-Apr-2006 06:48 Email | Share | | Bookmark
MEME: Holy Week

Springtime in the mountains. Basking in the morning sun.
A year ago, our baptisms. With Father Vic.
As the deer long...
I was tagged earlier in the week, but I was too busy to respond then. Better late than never:

1. What do you do with your new blessed palm from Palm Sunday?

I put them in a vase in my home office.

2. What do you do with your old one from last year?

You're supposed to take them back to the church to be burnt and used to make ashes for Ash Wednesday, but we kept forgetting. So, they are still in the vase (see previous question). Next year, we'll do better and get them to the church on time.

3. What do you do during Holy Week in preparation for Good Friday?

Did four of the Five Stones of Our Lady: daily Rosary, read Scripture, Eucharist, fast, and reconciliation. Kept an open heart and receptive mind, while allowing God's sanctifying action to transform me from within:

    "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances." (Ez 36:26-27).


We attended Easter Vigil to celebrate the mystery of resurrection in the darkness of night and with those who received their Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and /or Eucharist and renew our baptismal vows, a very good thing to do on a yearly basis.

4. How do you commemorate Christ's Passion on Good Friday?

We attended Mass in the morning. Later in the day, we made our pilgrimage to the mountains, as recorded here. Still not ready to watch THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.

5. When do you color Easter eggs?

We didn't color Easter eggs. Maybe next year... Next year, the babies in our family will be one and three years old. The three year old, Austin Kai, will get a kick out of the eggs and hunting for them. We'll get to relive our childhoods. I was especially fond of the deep purple dye that kindled my purple passion; it just so appealed my eyes!


6. When do you buy Easter candy?

We're not into candy. >> Sugar Blues

7. What is the first thing you plan to do Easter morning?

Thank God. We enjoyed the peace of the mountains, took a long walk and sat alongside fresh running waters before heading down the hill to attend Sunday Mass with our parish community.





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Sunday, 16-Apr-2006 05:55 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EASTER SUNDAY

From two Holy Week books via Sharon:

How will you celebrate the Resurrection today? What will you wear? How will you pray?

How and with whom will you feast? How will you include Jesus in your meal/festivities?
How will you invite him more into your life, your family, friends, workplace and leisure time?

For what are you most thankful this Easter Day? How has God touched your life throughout this Triduum?

What is God asking you to do to bring Easter joy to the world?

How will I try to keep this experience alive in my mind and heart during this coming year?

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