THE CROSS GUARANTEES OUR SALVATION

In the French Revolution, the reformers promoted life, liberty and fraternity without God. They persecuted the Catholic Church, clergy, religious and laity, and destroyed many churches, statues and paintings. At the same time, Jesus revealed to Saint Margaret Alacoque to blessings of mercy, love and peace flowing from his Sacred Heart. Our Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure promising miracles of faith, hope and love by wearing a miraculous medal. In Lourdes Our Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Bernadette calling us to renew our Baptismal commitment to be the priest, prophet and king of our family and friends like Jesus.

In our troubled times, we find healing and holiness in the visitation of Jesus and Mary to Elizabeth Kindelmann. When Communism and Secularism tempt us to instant gratification, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary fill our hearts with divine mercy, peace and joy. Her journey of listening and obeying the messages and patiently putting them into practice reveals how all can develop a personal intimacy with our Lord and our Blessed Mother. In turn, like Saint John Paull II, this poor widow inspires to overcome our fear and promote faith, hope and love Heart to Heart.

Jesus opens the eyes of the blind Bartimaeus crying out for mercy. In thanksgiving for his healing, Bartimaeus obediently follows Jesus to Jerusalem to sacrifice his life. To enjoy resurrection and new life, we too must take up the cross of Christ and work for justice and peace, especially for the poor. Kindelmann intensified her devotion time and received the approval of the priests before sharing the revelations. We praise God for the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit for the teachings in our cenacles and conferences. Above all, the best way to evangelize is by witnessing how Jesus and Mary live and love through us,

By washing the feet of the disciples and becoming the Lamb of God slaughtered for our sins, Christ’s earthly life was an example of serving, giving, and thinking of others. The word ransom only occurs in these two verses in the New Covenant. It means the price of release, and refers to a payment to achieve the release of slaves or captives from bondage. We are captives under the power of sin and death (Romans 5) from which we cannot free ourselves. Messiah’s substitutionary death redeemed us and set us free.

The climax of Christ’s service was His death, which redeemed from the devil and renewed our dignity as precious children of God. Jesus did this voluntarily, sacrificially, and obediently. Of course, there is one condition for anyone (including us) to enjoy the benefits of that ransom. We must be willing to accept the gift of Jesus. God’s love will only be experienced by our reciprocal faith and trust, as Jesus verified in His conversation with Rabbi Nicodemus: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). One of the incredible abilities of Jesus was to stay on target. Because Elizabeth Kindelmann grew in her commitment to Jesus and Mary, she inspires us to become trustworthy stewards for those we serve.

Are you grateful for the gift of salvation by practicing and passing on your faith? Is your heart faithful, forgiving, forever and fruitful in bringing others to Jesus and our Catholic faith? Are you offering your time, talents and treasure to your parish family to build a family of faith in Jesus Christ through Catholic worship, education and charity?

ARE YOU CHOOSING GOD’S WILL TO PROMOTE HEALING AND HOLINESS?

While a child, our Blessed Mother asked Maximilian Kolbe to choose the red crown of martyrdom or white crown of sacrificing himself daily. The young Max responded that he wanted both crowns. Saint Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan priest and always chose to surrender his human will to God’s will. On fire with the love and mercy of Jesus, this Franciscan spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world and attracted over a thousand men to live in his monastery in Poland. When the Nazi regime invaded Poland, they sent Maximillian to a concentration camp. Even his enemies recognized the power of this priest who professed Jesus as the inspiration of all his thoughts, words and deeds. When one prisoner escaped, ten men had to die. When a family man screamed not to choose him, Maximilian offered himself. ? Do you believe that God’s will guarantees us divine love, peace and joy? How willing are you to sacrifice your life tor family, friends or even a stranger

Jesus elevated a little child in the presence of his disciples by placing the child in a privileged position of honor. It is customary, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart – who instead of asserting their rights willingly empty themselves of pride and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly position of a servant or child. Jesus, himself, is our model. Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant to clothe us in his divine nature. God wants to fill us with his own glory God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Saint James warns us that if we want to be filled with God’s life and power, then we need to empty ourselves of everything, which stands in the way – pride, self-seeking glory, vanity, prejudice, anger and sloth. God wants empty vessels so he can fill them with his own glory, power, and love. Are you ready to humble yourself and to serve as Jesus did?

We do not know what the future holds, but if we believe that God created us to share his love, mercy and peace, we are destined to be a saint and like Maximillian inspire others. Take a minute for the next nine days and meditate gazing on a crucifix. Listen in your soul and allow Jesus to embrace you so that you can embrace all you love together.

Pray: “Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross? Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.”

DEDICATE A CRUCIFIX IN OUR SCHOOL: we purchased new crucifixes for each of our classrooms. The students pray for all of you and if you want to donate one in honor of your family, the offering is $100. Send the offering to our parish office.