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Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 15, 2014

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix

Homily from the Solemn High Requiem Mass for Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP

Rev. Eric Flood, FSSP

Tragedy at Mater Misericordiae Mission, Phoenix
News and information regarding the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker and assault of Fr. Joseph Terra.
If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Phoenix PD Witness line at (480) WIT-NESS.
Via The Catholic Sun (developing):
Priest killed in deadly attack at downtown Phoenix church
Phoenix police arrest murder, assault suspect hours before requiem Mass
Via The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP):
Pray for the priest of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix
Via Rorate Caeli:
FSSP priests attacked in Phoenix, 1 murdered, 1 critically wounded
Via National Catholic Register:
Young priest’s murder shocks, grieves Arizona community
Via Vatican:
One priest killed, another critically injured in shooting
Priest killed in Phoenix
Via AZ Central:
Phoenix priest killed, another wounded in attack
Grief, disbelief after attack on 2 Phoenix priests
Prayer vigil and rosary for Phoenix priests attacked at church
Focus of attacked Phoenix priests was Latin Mass
Urban missionaries risk all for their faith (editorial)
Attack at Catholic Church has parishioners praying (video)
After Phoenix attack, priests to focus on forgiveness
Mass held at Phoenix mission where priests attacked
Before attack, ancient rite defined priests’ lives
Phoenix police make arrest in priest murder
Walker would tell attacker: “Heaven is still possible”
Phoenix priest murder suspect skipped parole meeting days before
Via ABC15:
Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies, 1 beaten
Catholic community reacts to murder of Phoenix priest
Via CBS5:
Phoenix mayor: Priest’s killing ‘strikes at our core’
Phoenix PD look for man seen entering priests’ residence
Hundreds gather for special service honoring Catholic priests
Via Fox10:
$1K reward offered for information after 2 priests attacked at church
Via Phoenix New Times:
Catholic priests attacked at Phoenix church, one killed

Tragedy at Mater Misericordiae Mission, Phoenix

News and information regarding the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker and assault of Fr. Joseph Terra.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Phoenix PD Witness line at (480) WIT-NESS.

Via The Catholic Sun (developing):

Via The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP):

Via Rorate Caeli:

Via National Catholic Register:

Via Vatican:

Via AZ Central:

Via ABC15:

Via CBS5:

Via Fox10:

Via Phoenix New Times:

The Pearl: Hymns on the Faith
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.

The Pearl: Hymns on the Faith

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.

Phoenix Couple’s Trip to Rome Goes Viral
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.
Read more via The Catholic Sun!

Phoenix Couple’s Trip to Rome Goes Viral

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.

Read more via The Catholic Sun!

Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
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.
Amen. 

Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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.

Amen. 

Fine Art Friday and Today’s First Reading
Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. 
On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
He said, “Who are you, sir?” 
The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” 
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 
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There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” 
He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.”
But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” 
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” 
So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 
Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.
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He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Fine Art Friday and Today’s First Reading

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. 

On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

He said, “Who are you, sir?” 

The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” 

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 

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There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” 

He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 

The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.”

But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” 

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” 

So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

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He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
We can’t all be in Rome, as much as we might like to be, so we are compiling ways to be a part of the canonization celebration over at The Catholic Sun’s site - including the live stream of the canonization Mass.
We’ve also got feet on the ground! The Accursos are documenting their pilgrimage via Facebook and Twitter, and Bradford Kidd is sending audio that you will be able to hear on The Bishop’s Hour in the coming weeks.
Good Pope John, John Paul the Great, pray for us!

Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

We can’t all be in Rome, as much as we might like to be, so we are compiling ways to be a part of the canonization celebration over at The Catholic Sun’s site - including the live stream of the canonization Mass.

We’ve also got feet on the ground! The Accursos are documenting their pilgrimage via Facebook and Twitter, and Bradford Kidd is sending audio that you will be able to hear on The Bishop’s Hour in the coming weeks.

Good Pope John, John Paul the Great, pray for us!

The Lord Descends into Hell
An ancient homily for Holy Saturday (from the Office of Readings)
Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.
For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

The Lord Descends into Hell

An ancient homily for Holy Saturday (from the Office of Readings)

Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

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