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By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq., 10/16/2014, Catholic Online
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) -
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, O burning furnace of divine Love, you are the symbol and summary of the whole mystery of our Redemption. You are the symbol of the divine and unbounded Love of the one and only God in Three Persons, a Love which became incarnate in a human Heart and so divinized human love by joining it to the Godhead through the Eternal Word.
O mystery of mysteries, an infinite Love which no vessel can contain emptied itself into a finite human vessel of love-and so became the divine-and-human instrument for the redemption of mankind. In your Sacred Heart, Love speaks to love, as Heart speaks to heart, as God speaks to man.
Let me reflect on this Love symbolized by your Heart, that I may praise it, indeed, that I may adore it, and that others may learn of it and learn to love it.
Your Heart, O Jesus, is a living symbol, a beating, fleshly, and living icon, of the threefold love of the Incarnate Word. But your Heart, O God, is not an ordinary created symbol, like the icons we paint to focus our devotion or the words we use to speak of you. It is a symbol--which, caught up into the very bosom of the Godhead through its joinder in the Eternal Word--that we may adore, and in adoring that symbol, adore it as a visible sign of the divine Love, "which went so far as to love intensely, through the Heart of the Word made Flesh, the human race stained with so many sins." (Pius XII, Haurietis aquas, 104) This is the Heart we love, because this Heart loved us first. (cf. 1 John 4:19)
It is through that three-fold Love, at a point in history become both human and divine, that the Word came down to man and made his dwelling among us, and it is through that three-runged ladder of Love that we climb up to God, your Heart being a "sort of mystical ladder by which we mount to the embrace of 'God our Savior.'" (Pius XII, Haurietis aquas, 58). Indeed, your Heart my dear Jesus is a sort of mystical Jacob's ladder, by which Love both descends from God to man, and ascends from man to God. You are the Mediator that makes this possible.
Your Heart reveals, in a singular and unique human way, the Love eternally shared between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This infinite Love, we believe by faith, is not something that is reserved to the Trinity, for your human heart, dear Jesus, now participates, by virtue of its hypostatic union, in that uncreated, eternal and infinite Love. In that Heart, a Heart of both God and Man, a Heart formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary (our nature's solitary boast), dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Cf. Col. 2:9) This Heart of the God-Man Jesus, which participates in the very triune love of the Godhead, loves God and, what is more, loves mankind who is at the apex of all the rest of creation.
Your Heart is also symbol of the love of God which was infused in your human soul, which so entirely possessed you as man and infused you with the vision of God and perfect knowledge. And with this perfected love--perfected through the beatific vision, which we one day hope to enjoy--that you loved both God and man as man with supernatural efficacy. So it is that in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we may find all the treasures of natural and supernatural wisdom and of knowledge so far as it is allowed man to see.
Your Heart is finally a symbol of a purely human love, a sensible, passible love, the love you share with us and we with you. This is the love with which we are familiar, the everyday love between father and mother and child, the love between friends, though only yours is entirely pure and uncorrupted by any stain of egoism or selfishness or fickleness or infidelity. With this natural love, like ours in everything but sin (cf. Heb. 4:15), you loved both God and all mankind, perfectly fulfilling the commandments of the Lord.
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By asking “which commandment in the law is the greatest,” the Pharisees reveal an attitude toward law far different from that of Jesus. Instead of limiting the demand of the law as the Pharisees do to discrete commandments that are kept or not, Jesus teaches that the demand of the law embraces the totality of our relationship with God, self, and neighbor. Love defines out relationships; love is the wellspring of obedience to any commandment. Love is the greatest commandment because it truly is the whole Law of God.-Living Liturgy™, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name; good indeed is the LORD, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.-Psalms 100:4-5,usccb.org
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.-Luke 1:46-48,usccb.org
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.-John 19:25-30,usccb.org
"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."-usccb.org—From On the Most Holy Rosary. . . (Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
Prayers of the Rosary
Scriptural Rosary: Justice and Peace
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The Holy Rosary: Why pray the Rosary today? Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one's prayer life. The following are a few others reasons why the rosary should be prayed often, even daily: "Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius IX).-ewtn
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"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
—CCC, no. 2558, citing St. Therese of Lisieux, Manuscrits Autobiographiques, C 25rr
Descriptions of prayer are abundant throughout Christian history.
"True prayer," wrote St. Augustine, "is nothing but love." Prayer should arise from the heart. "Prayer," said St. John Vianney, "is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.""Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day," remarked St. Francis de Sales, "except when we are busy—then we need an hour." Definitions of prayer are important, but insufficient. There is a huge difference between knowing about prayer and praying. On this issue, the Rule of St. Benedict is clear, "If a man wants to pray, let him go and pray."
St. John Damascene gave a classic definition of prayer: "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God" (CCC, no. 2559, citing St. John Damascene, De Fide Orth. 3, 24).
The Catechism clearly defines prayer as a "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God" (CCC, no. 2558). Prayer is Christian "insofar as it is communion with Christ" (CCC, no. 2565), and a "covenant relationship between God and man in Christ" (CCC, no. 2564).
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
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Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
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Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates.
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.