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The Keeping It Catholic Chronicles
NEW! Keeping It Catholic - the Blog!
SAMPLES: The Age of Mary
+++Catholic Study Guide for Homeschoolers!
+++Home Education Guides: What Catholic Hsing Moms Asked For!
+++Keepsake Collection of Recipes
+++Another Reason to Homeschool: #1,001
+++Aragorn: The Catholic Monarch?
+++Are We Good Thieves or Bad Thieves?
+++(A) Baby & Her Parents Need Your Help
+++(The) Catholic-But Syndrome
+++Charlotte Church - The New Material Girl?
+++Charlotte Mason: For Whose Sake?
+++Courageous Expose - EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong (Review) - Nice People & Beautiful Things in the World
+++Deadline Date for Terri: Done on Purpose?
+++England's New Grading System: Politically Correct to the
+++FATIMA: Still in Eclipse
+++FATIMA: The Most Important Part is Still Missing
+++FATIMA: One Secret, Three Parts
+++FATIMA and the King of France: Do We Have Less than 10 Years Left?
+++FATIMA: The Question of Consecration
+++(The) Feast of St. Joseph - with Prayers
+++Flight to Narnia - Delayed
+++Flower of the Catholic City
+++For the Italians!
+++Guidelines: Ohio
+++His Holy Father or My Highness?
+++Home & Family Life: The (Almighty) Schedule
+++Homeschooling = Child Abuse?
+++How Long, O Lord?
+++In the Name of Christ the King!
+++Is There Life after Homeschooling?
+++Jesus' Charitable Warning
+++Keeping It Catholic on the Net!
+++(The) Last Catholic Emperor
+++Little Lessons & Christmas Memories
+++MEN!!!! Pt 1, Missing in [Catholic] Action - Chivalry
+++MEN!!! Pt. 2, I Bid You Stand, Men of the West!
+++Michael Schiavo's Slip-Up
+++Moving Meditation on the Messiah: The Passion of the Christ
+++Not a Blitz, But a Blackout (Terri and the Catholic Media)
+++Open Letter to Homeschool Resisters
+++Pope's Death: What God in His Mercy is Telling Us
+++Part 1 - Is Homeschooling Disobedient to the Church?
+++Part 2 - Lynn's Letter on Homeschooling
+++Part 3 - Fr.Stravinskas’ Problems with Homeschooling
+++Part 4 - A
+++Pope's Death: President Orders Flags at Half-Mast
+++RED FLAG: Blessed are We
+++RED FLAG: Catholic Insights into Montessori Education
+++RETREAT 1: Importance of Meditation on the Passion
+++RETREAT 2: Saints' Love of Christ's Passion
+++RETREAT 3: Devotion to the Passion
+++RETREAT 4: The Charity of God
+++RETREAT 5: The Judas Factor
+++RETREAT 6 : The Lamb of God
+++RETREAT 7: The Paschal Supper
+++RETREAT 8: Jesus' Farewell
+++RETREAT 9: In the Garden of Gethsemane
+++RETREAT 10: Ecce Homo!
+++RETREAT 11: After the Crucifixion
+++RETREAT 12: Christ and His Mystical Body
+++Rosary Novena
+++(The) Secrets of Catholic Homeschooling
+++September: A Holy Month to Start Homeschooling
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo: American Martyr
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo - With God, All Things are Possible
+++Today is the 1st Day (of the Rest of this Blog!)
Books by Marianna Bartold
Catholic Home Education Guides
Keeping It Catholic - with Marianna Bartold
April 16, 2006
Christ and His Mystical Body

“…go to my brethren, and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.” ~John 20: 17 ~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+  

Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen, and He reigns now and forever, Body and Soul, sitting at the right hand of Our Father in heaven!

Our Lord’s glorified Body bears the Four Wounds or “marks” He suffered during His Passion for His Church, His Bride, and for His Mystical Body. Those marks came from the nails that pierced His Hands and Feet, and the Wound that pierced His Sacred Heart.

His Bride - the Catholic Church - imitates Her Holy Spouse and Head in everything. And so she, too, bears four marks – that of being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Like Him, she also bears a Crown of Thorns, as do all true and loyal members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

Today we celebrate Easter, the day the Lord rose from the dead. Yet we must never forget - before the Resurrection came the Passion of Christ.

“How necessary to remember that while we are making our way home, we shall certainly meet Jesus, for He is ever passing our way, but always with His Cross. If we want Him, we must have His Cross, too."

"Some meet Him and turn away."

"Some see Him from afar and turn down another road."

"Some come close up and leap down a precipice to avoid the Cross."

"Some pass by as if they do not know Jesus, the Cross-laden."

"He has few honest, reverent, loving greetings. Faith and love make some too timid to pass Him or avoid Him but they remonstrate with Him about the Cross and weep aloud when He insists. Others follow in the sullenness of servile obedience – drag their cross, which jolts upon the stone and hurts them all the more – and they fall; but their falls are in not union with those of the Master, Jesus the Savior, upon the old Way of the Cross."

 "How few kneel down, kiss His dear feet, take the Cross off His back, shoulder it gladly to please and satisfy Him, walk courageously and lovingly by His side, and smile when the totter beneath the load! This is what we should do!"

Can we do it? Can we carry the Cross? Not without turning to Christ: “I can do all these things in Him who strengthens me.” (Phillipians 4:13) It is only through the Cross of Christ that all Graces are given but - like the Apostles, like the Holy Women, like His disciples, like the Good Thief Dismas - we must ask for, accept and use well the Graces that God gives us.

Above all, we “must do now what Mary our Immaculate Mother did, when she met her Jesus with His Cross – look at Him Who is on the road before us, and see how the beauty of the Sacred Hears appears with meek majesty and attractive love on the woe-worn and disfigured face of our Divine Lord and Savior – our Jesus, Who loves us, and delivered Himself up for us.”

Our Lord’s Passion is the Eternal Sacrifice to God, given as the act of Redemption by which mankind can be saved from the eternal misery of hell and raised to the eternal and unspeakable joy of the Beatific Vision.

“Do not offend the Lord our God any longer; He is already deeply offended.” Our Lady’s words at Fatima must be engraved on our hearts, because she always directs us to her Divine Son, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. To Jesus through Mary!

“And He said to all: If any man will follow Me, let him deny himself daily, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) Let us not forget it; let us remember that, like Our Lord, Jesus Christ, our time on earth is our Way of the Cross. And after the Cross – the Resurrection! (With excerpts from Meditation on the Passion)

Posted by catholic_homeschool at 06:54 EDT
Updated: September 29, 2007 23:51 EDT
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