4/14/20 1st week of Easter
Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20
CCM Newsletter Devotional |
Heaven is both present and future. As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me. You can also find many hints of heaven along your pathway because the earth is radiantly alive with My Presence. Shimmering sunshine awakens your heart, gently reminding you of My brilliant Light. Birds and flowers, trees and skies evoke praises to My holy Name. Keep your eyes and ears fully open as you journey with Me. At the end of your life path is an entrance to heaven. Only I know when you will reach that destination, but I am preparing you for it each step of the way. The absolute certainty of your heavenly home gives you Peace and Joy, to help you along your journey. You know that you will reach your home in My perfect timing: not one moment too soon or too late. Let the hope of heaven encourage you, as you walk along the path of Life with Me.
Saint of the Day |
St. Lidwina St. Lidwina is the patroness of sickness. Lidwina of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the rest of her life from various illnesses and diseases. She experienced mystical gifts, including supernatural visions of heaven, hell, purgatory, apparitions of Christ, and the stigmata. Thomas a Kempis wrote a biography of her. She was canonized Pope Leo XIII in 1890. Lidwina suffered a fall while ice skating in 1396, when a friend collided with her and caused her to break a rib on the right side. From this injury, she never recovered. An abscess formed inside her body which later burst and caused Lidwina extreme suffering. Eventually, she was to suffer a series of mysterious illnesses which in retrospect seemed to be from the hands of God. Lidwina heroically accepted her plight as the will of God and offered up her sufferings for the sins of humanity. Some of the illnesses which affected Lidwina were headaches, vomiting, fever, thirst, bedsores, toothaches, spasms of the muscles, blindness, neuritis and the stigmata. Her feast day is April 14.
Catholicism Around the World |
Rome, Italy, Apr 14, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A pastor at a church in Rome offered Easter Mass from the roof of the church so nearby parishioners could participate from their balconies and windows during the coronavirus lockdown in Italy. Making the Mass visible in this way “is really to say to the people, ‘you are not alone,’” Fr. Carlo Purgatorio told CNA. The pastor of Santa Emerenziana parish in Rome’s Trieste neighborhood, Purgatorio said the church roof overlooks a busy street on which there are a lot of apartment buildings. Dozens participated in the Mass from their balconies and others joined via livestream April 12. “People participated a lot, from their windows, from their terraces,” the priest said. He received many messages from appreciative parishioners afterward: “People were thankful for this initiative, because they did not feel so alone.” Purgatorio explained that he has been livestreaming Masses and daily spiritual talks throughout the lockdown but had the idea to offer Mass from the church terrace for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
Educational Fact |
The Biblical Blueprint for the Priesthood Check out this short video from Catholic answers pertaining to the blueprint of the priesthood. In addition, I would also highly recommend checking out an article written by Karlo Broussard on Catholic answers pertaining to a more detailed, and written down, blueprint of biblical and historical proofs pertaining to this topic. Click here to access it.
Fun Fact | The chapel where St. Joan of Arc prayed is currently in Wisconsin at Marquette University. It was formerly located in Chasse, France, but was moved to the Americas piece by piece. Prayer for Healing – O God who are the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to me such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that I may permit you to give me health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Have a blessed day!