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Easter Vigil Mass 2014

This year, for the first time in about ten years, I attended the Easter Vigil. I went to Immaculate Conception in Colorado Springs for an Extraordinary Form solemn Mass with four of our kids. Three made it all the way through awake.

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At the beginning of the year I started on a Bible reading plan using the Verbum phone app. I haven't been keeping up like I should so I'm only 15% of the way through the Bible. Still, since I've never read the whole thing, I'll claim it as a win. A couple of weeks ago I read this passage:

“The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend his clothes..." Lev 21:10

Last night while we were watching The Passion of the Christ I noticed that the high priest tore his garment when Jesus told him who He was:

And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments, and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?" Mk 14:62-63

Caiaphas questions Christ

Having read the Old Testament law concerning the high priest so recently, I was struck by the significance of this act, something that I hadn't ever given thought to before so I went looking for commentary about the action.

I found one commentary on a Protestant site that claimed that the prohibition only applied to funerals so it wasn't anything strange in this case. After reading the whole chapter, I don't see that this prohibition is linked to funerals at all.

I also found another commentary that said the Church Fathers saw the rending of the high priest's garment as the end of the Jewish priesthood. From St. Bede:

"the drama of Caiaphas tearing his vestments signifies the termination of the Old Covenant priesthood. In contrast, the seamless vestment of Jesus is not torn but remains intact (Jn 19:23-24), signifying that the new priesthood of Christ will endure forever (Heb 7:23-24)."

This seems like a reasonable interpretation to me. The high priest asks Christ who He is and Jesus tells him directly that "I AM". Not only does the high priest reject the Messiah, he violates the law of God specific to the high priest in order to do it. I also did find commentary that said that Caiaphas didn't violate the law because it referred only to his temple vestments which he probably wasn't wearing at the time of Christ's trial.

I've also heard that the Jewish priesthood ended with the destruction of the temple forty years after Christ's death. What do you think? It doesn't seem like there is a definitive statement from the Church one way or the other.

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Blessed Imelda Lambertini was born in Bologna in 1322. She desired to become a nun from an early age and was sent to a Dominican convent for school.

While there she had visions of Mary, St. Agnes. She miraculously received her First Communion at age eleven on the Feast of the Ascension after which she died in ecstasy.

Pope Pius X named her the patroness of First Communicants.

Blessed ImeldaTo commemorate this patroness of First Communicants we have created a unique First Communion rosary with an image of Blessed Imelda on the center with her name and dates of her birth and death on the back.

Blessed Imelda Rosary

You can also order our unique Blessed Imelda holy cards as a special remembrance.

 

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Why should you get one of our kits?Avoid the Hassle - Each kit includes all of the kit parts and instructions to assemble the kit.No cutting or patterns involved!Family Owned - The family company that produces these kits is located in the United States and the whole family is involved in cutting and packing the kits.

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Promising New Catholic Social Network

Last week while browsing Pinterest I was invited to pin on several group boards by a site I hadn't heard of before called Awestruck.tv. I browsed their Pinterest boards - THOUSANDS of pins on all kinds of great Catholic stuff. That got me curious about the site so I browsed on over and found a WordPress site that was claiming to be a "Your portal to the Catholic community".

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I went ahead and signed up for the site and found that it is a pretty active community of Catholics sharing their faith through groups such as Carmelites, devotions, pro-life, book club, gardening - really, a huge variety of over 400 groups.

The site also has over twenty sub-sites on topics including Pinterest, Catholics in various countries and the Catholic Feast which is more about saints and feast days.

I spoke with the founder of the site, Norm over Skype about the project. It turns out that this was originally a South African project done in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and the bishops' conference but has spread all over the world.

If you are looking for a place to socialize with other Catholics and don't like the ads and privacy issues associated with Facebook, take a spin around Awestruck.tv.

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The Catholics Next DoorI've known Greg and Jennifer from the Catholic New Media Conference and their work with the Rosary Army for years. Not that we're best friends. I mean, they're famous and get to speak at conferences and I get to sell their books. I even interviewed them when their first book came out.

Apart from speaking, writing books and raising six kids, they also have a podcast called The Catholics Next Door. I am sure that they have been broadcasting on the Internet for almost the longest of any Catholic programming and they even had a show on Sirius Radio for a while. If you haven't listened to podcasts before or haven't heard of their show, go check it out. They talk about the Faith, share what's going on in their family, and sometimes you'll get a walk-on performance from Lilly or one of their other kids.

Last week Jennifer talked about her Great Adventure Bible study class. She was so excited about learning the deeper meaning behind Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Mass and some other sections of the Bible that I wished I was in the class.

All of us can use a positive, entertaining Faith refresher. Go check out their show. You'll thank me.

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You Can't Buy This Kind of Kudos

From a religious community that bought this St. Joseph Statue from us.

Dear Aquinas & More,

Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you!

My name is ----, and I am a novice with the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple in the Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas.  My community and I were very impressed with a few things: 1) the professional and efficient manner with which you processed our order, 2) the more than reasonable prices of your items, and 3) the values with which your Catholic company operates.  We pray that the Lord continue to bless all your endeavors through the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph.  Keep up the great work!!!

          You and all your intentions shall be included in our Community Mass of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, this coming Wednesday, March 19th.

          May your company be empowered and blessed by the Holy Spirit  as you continue to evangelize by providing the world with material goods that encourage us to focus on the heavenly homeland.  St. Thomas Aquinas ... pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

------

 

Thank you so much for letting us know!

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Back when I was first out of college and working at a tech company, I would pray theLiturgy of the Hours in the morning at my desk before work started. I never told people what I was doing but for some reason people noticed. one employee asked me for information about the Catholic Church and another told me that even though he and his wife were Catholic, they had been married by a justice of the peace and never in the Church. He invited me to be the best man at his Church wedding.

Why do I bring this up? It's just an example of how evangelization works through the way you live your daily life. 

This week, Pope Francis visited a church in Rome and suggested that everyone should get a Bible and read it on the way to work. Obviously, he was thinking about travel in Europe where the majority of people probably take the bus or train to work. I've been in Rome and I can tell you that you don't want to be driving there.

Watch the pope's homily:

Now, the pope wasn't suggesting that Catholics should read Bibles on public transportation in order to show off, he was suggesting it as a way to get closer to Christ. The nice thing about just "being Catholic" in public, whether it's reading the Bible or saying grace at restaurants, you have the opportunity for collateral evangelization.

You never know who you can affect just by striving to be a saint in your everyday life.

So, do you have a Bible that is convenient to take with you when you travel? It's time to get one.


St. Joseph Confirmation Bible


Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

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Mother Mary - A Marian Catechism For Everyone With A Childlike Heart

Mother Mary - A Marian Catechism For Everyone With A Childlike Heart

We've been carrying Mother Mary along with the other titles from Bread of Life Publishing for a few years and just don't think they've gotten the exposure they deserve. To help spread the word, we're giving away ten copies of this book to Catholic mom-bloggers in exchange for honest reviews. If you want a copy, leave a comment and I'll email you for your address.

 

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The third book of illustrated meditations from Magnificat, The Seven Sorrows of Mary, is now available! Follow and reflect on defining moments in the life of Mary, from the Prophecy of Simeon, to the Death of Christ on the Cross, and others. This prayer book is an ideal companion for the season of Lent and throughout the year. See what some notable names have said about it online at the Ignatius website.

For only a short time, Aquinas and More is offering a 20% DISCOUNT on The Seven Sorrows of Mary and the two other illustrated books of meditations: The Seven Last Words of Jesus and The Seven Joys of Mary. Just order before February 28th.



 

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