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by St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church
On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren;
I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the Kingdom;
Semblances and types of the Majesty;
It became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son.
I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand,
That I might examine it:
I went to look at it on one side,
And it proved faces on all sides.
I found out that the Son was incomprehensible,
Since He is wholly Light.
In its brightness I beheld the Bright One Who cannot be clouded,
And in its pureness a great mystery,
Even the Body of Our Lord which is well-refined:
In its undividedness I saw the Truth
Which is undivided.
It was so that I saw there its pure conception,
The Church, and the Son within her.
The cloud was the likeness of her that bare Him,
And her type the heaven,
Since there shone forth from her His gracious Shining.
I saw therein his Trophies, and His victories, and His crowns.
I saw His helpful and overflowing graces,
And His hidden things with His revealed things.
Read more from the St. Pachomius Orthodox Library here.
We are all called to share our faith, but how should we do so? If we follow the example of Pope Francis, one way will be through new media like Twitter, blogging, and web videos.
With the Vatican, our Diocese, and many parishes active online through websites and social media, spreading our faith on the “new frontier” of the internet (as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called it) is easier than ever.
The Catholic Communication Campaign funds these efforts, including the USCCB For Your Marriage campaign and coverage of important events, like last year’s papal election of Pope Francis. Half of all donations collected in Phoenix stay in Phoenix to support outreach through radio, print, TV, web, and social media outlets.
The message for this year’s 48th World Day for Communications emphasizes the importance of human relationships within social social networks. Pope Francis reminds us that “communication is ultimately a human rather than a technological achievement.” When we join in these networks as authentic witnesses of our Christian faith, we bring the light of Christ to others.
The Catholic Communication Campaign helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness. Please be generous in the collection, which will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014.
Family, friends and fallen-away Catholics evangelized through social media
You might have followed along on Facebook or Twitter while Aaron and Christine Accurso traveled to Rome for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II; in case you missed it, check out this month’s issue of The Catholic Sun!
Aaron surprised Christine with this canonization pilgrimage for her birthday. The couple has a great devotion to St. John Paul II, and spent their time in Rome praying for you! Thanks to the broad reach of social media, the Accursos were able to share photos and prayer throughout their trip, catching the interest of Catholics, non-Catholics, and lapsed-Catholics alike.
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What if Arizona repealed the death penalty? -
The Arizona Republic:
What if Arizona repealed the death penalty? Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted and County Attorney Bill Montgomery debate the consequences.
Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart.
Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism.
We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church.
If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of Your grace, to use all our means to do penance for our past faults and those of our neighbor. By the fervor of our faith, the purity of our life, and by perfect docility to the precepts of the Gospel, we desire to atone for the indifference toward such a great love, to which belongs all charity. We also promise You to make every effort to spare You new offenses and to lead the most souls possible to follow You.
Agreed, we offer You in this matter, O most good Jesus, by the intercession of the gracious Virgin Mary, Reparatrix, this spontaneous homage of expiation. Guard us until death, keeping us unshakably faithful to our duty and to Your service. Accord to us this precious gift of perseverance, which leads us finally to our native land where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You reign, God, forever and ever.