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Most Rev.Joachim Rego, C.P.  Most Rev Joachim  Rego - Passionist
 Superior General
 

  Easter Message

         2014
 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends in the Passionist Family,
  
  Greetings to you in the Passion of Jesus! As I pen these words, we are beginning Holy Week – a time which is so meaningful to us, Passionists, as we commemorate and accompany Jesus in the final hours of his Passion, leading to his Death and Resurrection. We enter this Week after having received the grace of Conversion – a renewal of mind and heart – during the period of Lent. Hopefully our response to this time has brought us more under the influence of Christ and leads us to see, understand and respond to all of life more clearly under the light of the Holy Spirit. Yes, each one of us is a NEW, or rather RENEWED person! This necessarily will have its impact on how I live my life and relationships as a disciple of Jesus today.
   
  It is from this standpoint that we now enter into the experience of Holy Week, which is not simply a ‘remembering’ of the events that took place in the life of Jesus of Nazareth over 2000 years ago. Rather, through the liturgical (prayer & symbols) celebrations and listening to the accounts of the Passion of Jesus, we ‘re-live’ the memory once again and walk with Jesus, learning from the manner of his approach and response in his Passion.
   
  While we must naturally appreciate the human pain and brutality suffered by Jesus as a consequence of his proclamation of the kingdom values and in obedience to the will of the Father, let us aim to contemplate the deeper mystery of the Passion which is given meaning in the light of the Resurrection. Our Founder, St Paul of the Cross, in his contemplation of the Crucified, came to appreciate the Passion of Jesus as “the greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love” and “the door to union with God”.
   
What is it that moves you as you contemplate the Passion?...Read More
    


    

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Passion of Christ Be Ever In Our Hearts

Last Supper          Holy (Maundy) Thursday                                                           
    "Before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His hour had come to pass out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, loved them to the end" (John 13:1)

 While they were at table eating, Jesus said, "In truth I tell you, one of you is about to betray me, one of you eating with me." They were distressed and said to him, one after another, "Not me, surely?" He said to them, "It is one of the Twelve, one who is dipping into the same dish with me. Yes, the Son of man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born."  

    As they were eating he took bread and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them.  "Take it, he said, this is my body."  Then he took a cup and when he had given thanks he handed it to them and all drank from it and he said to them, "This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many.  In truth I tell you, I shall never drink wine any more until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God."
(Mark 14:22-25)
    
 
   The Church dedicates this day to those last hours which our Lord spent on earth and gratefully recalls the gift beyond all price, the legacy of his love, the gift of the Eucharist, which he bequeathed to his Bride.  It is the feast of his last will and testament, the abiding pledge ...Read More


“The Catechism of the Catholic Church” Quote for the season:
Part Two:  Section 2_Chapter One:
The Eucharist - "Pledge of the Glory To Come

1402 In an ancient prayer the Church acclaims the mystery of the Eucharist: "O sacred banquet in which Christ is received as food, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the soul is filled with grace and a pledge of the life to come is given to us." If the Eucharist is the memorial of the Passover of the Lord Jesus, if by our communion at the altar we are filled "with every heavenly blessing and grace,"239 then the Eucharist is also an anticipation of the heavenly glory.
    
1403  At the Last Supper the Lord himself directed his disciples' attention toward the fulfillment of the Passover in the kingdom of God: "I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."240 Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist she remembers this promise and turns her gaze "to him who is to come." In her prayer she calls for his coming: "Marana tha!" "Come, Lord Jesus!"241 "May your grace come and this world pass away!" ....Read More


Pope Francis urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus.Pope Francis Holy Thursday Mass           
    
  During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.
 
 “He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
    
  Celebrated by the Church each year in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus’ call for his disciples to imitate him in serving others, this particular Mass was held in Don Gnocchi facility. Located in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area it serves as a rehabilitation center for the elderly and disabled.
    
  Beginning his reflections, the pontiff immediately turned to the Gospel reading in which Jesus washes his disciples’ feet on his knees, explaining that this.....
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Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
    The pastoral strategy is essentially a call and encouragement to prayer and sacrifice - it's meant to be simple. ... Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty are not only foundational to Catholic social teaching but also fundamental to the good of society. .....
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Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
    
We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens.  .....Read More



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