Thursday, March 21, 2013

Just in Time for Holy Week!

Magnificat has posted their Holy Week missal online. Anyone can access it for FREE! So "favorite" it now for use during Holy Week.

Rogier van der Weyden "Angels Carrying the Instruments of Passion"
from the altarpiece "The Last Judgement" (1449)

This is the image used on the cover (this is not the cover image). Go here to access the Holy Week Magnificat free.

Remember we start Holy Week on Palm/Passion Sunday on March 24th.

Friday, March 15, 2013

God Bless Pope Francis!!!

I posted on the other blog I participate on, but did not post anything here.  Here is a picture of our new pope--Pope Francis.  A pope of firsts:  First non-European in about 1300 years (he is the 11th non-European--first since Gregory III in the 8th century), First pope from the Americas, First pope to take the name Francis (from Francis of Assisi, not Xavier as had been speculated). 

Friday Abstinence

One of the reasons for Friday abstinence is as an act of charity; we remember those who cannot afford meat. We thank God for what we have and obey His Church in all that is good for our souls.

Canons of the Catholic Church on Abstinence and Penance:
Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

Can. 1253 The conference of bishops can determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence as well as substitute other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety, in whole or in part, for abstinence and fast.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”
--Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis).