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April 26, 2012 

(Mat 5:11-12) Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

NEWS REPORT: Muslim Persecution of Christians: March, 2012

The war on Christianity and its adherents rages on in the Muslim world. In March alone, Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic law authority decreed that churches in the region must be destroyed; jihadis in Nigeria said they "are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women"; American teachers in the Middle East were murdered for being or talking about Christianity; churches were banned or bombed, and nuns terrorized by knife-wielding Muslim mobs. Christians continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for allegedly "blaspheming" Islam's prophet Muhammad; former Muslims continue to be attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and killed for converting to Christianity.

Sudan: Sudanese aerial strikes were aimed at church buildings in various regions. Churches in the Nuba Mountains are holding worship services very early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid aerial bombardments intentionally targeting their churches. The Khartoum regime is "doing everything possible to make sure they get rid of Christianity from the Nuba Mountains—churches and church schools are the targets of both the Sudanese Armed Forces and its militias," said an aid worker.

Sudan: Over half a million people, mostly Christian and originally from South Sudan, have been stripped of citizenship in response to the South's secession, and forced to relocate: "Sudanese Christians who have barely a month to leave the north or risk being treated as foreigners are starting to move, but Christian leaders are concerned that the 8 April deadline set by Islamic-majority Sudan is unrealistic. 'We are very concerned. Moving is not easy ... people have children in school. They have homes ... It is almost impossible,' said a Catholic bishop."

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Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

19. By wishing to do much, we often spoil everything, constraining our Lord to leave us to act alone and withdraw from us in sorrow.

April 25, 2012 

(Mat 9:37-38) Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.

MOYNIHAN REPORT: Letter #8: 7th Anniversary of Benedict’s Election

EXCERPT NEWS REPORT: Pope Benedict begins 8th year of service

Pope Benedict XVI began his eighth year as pope on Tuesday after spending the waning days of his seventh driving home his view of the Catholic Church, with a divisive crackdown on dissenters and an equally divisive opening to a fringe group of traditionalists.

The coming year may see more of the same as the Vatican gears up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 church meetings that reshaped the Catholic Church and are key to understanding this papacy and Benedict's recent moves to quell liberal dissent and promote a more conservative brand of Catholicism.

Tuesday marked the anniversary of the start of Benedict's pontificate, which officially began April 24, 2005, with an inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square. The pope promised then not to impose his own will on the church but to rather listen "to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by him, so that he himself will lead the church at this hour of our history."

Seven years later, Benedict has certainly left a mark on the church, pressing a conservative interpretation of Vatican II's key teachings, appointing like-minded bishops and making his priority the revitalization of traditional Catholicism in a world, which he often laments, seems to think that it can do without God.

SEE ALSO: Ratzinger expresses his disapproval of German translation of Gospels

VATICAN RADIO: Lombardi: “The eighth year of the Pope’s pontificate is going to be a busy one”

In the wake of recent celebrations of Pope Benedict XVI’s 85th birthday on April 16 and the 7th anniversary of his election to the pontificate, April 19, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office devoted his latest editorial to the year ahead. Holy See’s spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi shared the Pope’s hope that the dialogue with the breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics known as Saint Pius X Fraternity will come to a resolution, that bridges the gap without creating any new ones. The Jesuit priest wished the Pope well as he travels to the northern Italian city of Milan to deliver a message of love and hope for families as they hold their World Meeting of Families in June. He also hoped that “dissenting groups will hear his invitation to be in communion with the Church and receive this invitation with respect and attention, and with an understanding of its significance.” Fr. Lombardi expressed hope that International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in June will help in the healing, purification and renewal of the Church in Ireland following the devastating sexual abuse scandals there. The Jesuit priest also hoped that Pope Benedict’s visit to Lebanon in September may give him a chance to spread a message of peace amid the tragic conflicts in that region.

It is our hope that the Year of Faith will not only be filled with exemplary initiatives and beautiful celebrations, but that it will also promote a sense of renewal in the profound relationship between God, his Son Jesus Christ, and believers, against the ever decreasing awareness of the religious dimension of human life and mankind’s journey through history.

Il Sole 24 Ore: Pope Benedict XVI’s Bright and Dramatic Path

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: Joseph Ratzinger Theologian and Pope

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

18. Go courageously to God, along the way He has traced out for you, steadfastly embracing the means He offers you.

April 24, 2012 

(2Jn 1:5-6) And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing a new commandment to thee, but that which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is charity: That we walk according to his commandments. For this is the commandment that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in the same:

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OPINION: Catholic Church must oppose government mandates on reproductive issues by Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski

There was a time when Catholics here in the United States were regarded with great suspicion by their mostly Protestant neighbors. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as the numbers of Catholics grew because of immigration; many thought that these immigrants who accepted the religious authority of a pope could never be successfully integrated into the American experiment of democracy.

Fortunately, the civil liberties granted by our Constitution allowed Catholics, in spite of these prejudices, to prosper in America. The Constitution guaranteed citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to the common life together. And, as Catholics and as Americans, we can take some holy pride in pointing out our own contributions. We built schools, orphanages, hospitals, universities; we served in our nation's wars, we founded businesses, we served in public office, etc. We were no less Catholic for being American; and no less American for being Catholic.

However, today, America's "first freedom," the freedom of religion, is under great stress if not under outright assault — and not just for Catholics.

Alabama's draconian anti-immigrant legislation "criminalizes" bible classes for irregular (undocumented) immigrants. The federal government recently attempted to redefine for churches the definition of "religious minister" or "religious employee" — in EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor. In several states, Catholic Charities have had their licenses revoked to provide foster care and adoption services.

A radical rereading of the First Amendment protections has resulted in concerted efforts to deny right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices — ACLU v. Sebelius. The State Department in its analysis of the state of religious liberty in the world also seems to have reduced freedom of religion to mean merely freedom to worship.

And even more ominous is the HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs represents. This represents an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government to force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. The mandate purports to define which religious institutions are "religious" enough to merit the protection of their religious liberty.

The Church cannot not oppose this unjust (and we believe unconstitutional) mandate. It is not a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government. This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.

These efforts to restrict religious liberty are seemingly founded in a reductive secularism that has more in common with the French Revolution than with America's founding. They seek to delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about issues that will determine the future of American society.

As the pope told Castro in Cuba, in upholding this basic human right to religious freedom the Church is not seeking any privileges for herself. The Church does not seek to impose her views but seeks the freedom to propose them in the public square and to witness to them coherently so as to contribute to human flourishing in society.

Rather than facing the shuttering of our schools, universities and hospitals by the federal government we will seek remedies from both the Congress and the courts. Here in Florida, we also have the opportunity in November to vote to approve the "Freedom of Religion" Amendment 8. This amendment will protect faith-based agencies and organizations from further erosions of religious freedom at the state level.

America's first freedom, the freedom of religion, has honored America's diversity by permitting the inclusion of all its citizens in contributing to the common good of all. The stakes are high. Separation of church and state does not require the exclusion of religion from society. To exclude people of faith from making their contributions and their proposals in the public square would impoverish us all.

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

13. Our falls are the result of the continual revolt of our passions. But we need not be troubled, cast down or discouraged by them: we must do violence to ourselves and draw profit from them.

April 20, 2012 

(Joh 3:3-6) Jesus answered and said to him: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.


Several testimonies were posted during the Lenten season at

The last seven posted Catholic (katholikos from katholou — throughout the whole, i.e., universal) testimonies include two from America, and one each from Poland, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and France.

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: Being Born Again: A Commentary by Fr. Barron

BLOG: Are Catholics Born Again Christians?  by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

EXCERPT CATHOLICHERALD COMMENTARY: What makes us Catholics?  Prayer, love and forgiveness are not enough in themselves

At Mass yesterday morning – Divine Mercy Sunday – we were all given the little cards devised by the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.  On one side is the famous quotation from Blessed John Henry Newman that starts “God has created me to do Him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another…” On the other side are several precepts that “as a Catholic I am called to [practise]”.

They include prayer, forgiving others, loving my neighbour as myself, celebrating the sacraments regularly, using the gifts I have been given wisely and sharing with others “the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.” Apart from the mention of the sacraments (which High Anglicans would also accept) there is nothing in this list that is specifically Catholic rather than generally “Christian.” They are high general ideals and if we Christians did live them properly we would change the world.

But what gives a Catholic identity?  A member of the Ordinariate would immediately answer: obedience to the magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church.  So perhaps I would have added to the list above: “Loyalty to Rome.” That was what Saints John Fisher and Thomas More lost their heads for, after all.  Their opponents who followed the new Protestant faith would have agreed to everything listed on the little cards.  Mention of Rome gives a certain hard edge to the other precepts, almost a suggestion of divisiveness.  Perhaps that is why it was not included.

Not to carp, I was glad to see at the top of the list the one about “sharing with others the joy of knowing Jesus Christ”.  This is something that we Catholics are not generally good at; we leave it to the evangelicals to want to share the fervour of Christian faith.  We can get preoccupied by “truth” at the expense of “charity”, forgetting that they are both sides of the same coin; the one depends on the other.

EDITORIAL: David Quinn: The beliefs of the church are not going to change by poll

The findings of the survey commissioned by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) are not even in the tiniest bit surprising. We have known for years that on issue after issue many or most Catholics, even weekly Mass-going Catholics, do not believe what their church believes.

The press release by the ACP says the survey "reveals a significant disconnect between official Catholic Church teaching and what Catholics actually believe".

That is absolutely correct, but the question is what should be done about it? Does the church alter its teachings in line with the latest opinion poll or must it instead do a much better job explaining to Catholics and the general public why it believes what it believes?  Continue.....

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

12. Virtue does not consist in making good resolutions, nor in saying fine words, but in keeping one's resolutions and carrying out one's good intentions.

April 19, 2012 

(1Th 5:19-21) Extinguish not the spirit. Despise not prophecies. But prove all things: hold fast that which is good.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The excerpted post below is from a non-Catholic blog.  I have purposely refrained from posting a link as other materials posted there are antagonistic towards the Catholic Faith.  The material below however, though not authored by me, resonates with my own personal experience.

Patient Endurance: Becoming Hardened and Battle-Ready

This is a post that I have been preparing for quite some time.  In all actuality, I believe a more truthful and correct description would be to say that this post is one that The Lord has been preparing me for for quite some time.  Without going into a lot of detail, I can honestly say that the last six months has proven to be one of the most difficult, and trying, periods of my life as I have endured a seemingly endless string of intense physical trials.  With that being said, The Lord has shown amazing favor during this period and helped me to mature in truly substantial ways.

One of the most substantial spiritual milestones I reached was when the Lord was teaching me to be content with His provision.  I have been dealing with a rather severe, disabling medical condition for the last five years and I had always been holding out hope that I would be healed, healthy, and on my way.  In mid-December of last year I finally realized that I am the way I am for a is the Lord's provision for me.  If it were up to me I would be healed, able to quit taking all of my medications, forever free from my reliance upon doctors and emergency rooms, no longer suffering from the afflictions that have come to be such a large part of my daily existence.  That is exactly how things would be if I were in charge and had it my way, and I can tell you with 100% certainty that my way is simply no good.  No offense intended, but your way is no good either.  The Lord has a plan and it is working and shall continue to work until it assured dear brothers and sisters that it most certainly will succeed!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  ~ Isaiah 55:8-9

After coming to the crucially important realization dealing with contentment with The Lord's provision things continued on as they had been.  The trials kept coming and each one seemed more intense than the last.  I continued to seek The Lord about what was transpiring and one phrase seemed to keep coming to mind, "patient endurance".

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  ~James 1:2-4

For quite some time I have been wanting to write about "patient endurance" as it seems to be one of the more important lessons The Lord is bringing forth in this late hour.  However, there was something missing that I could not quite explain and I was simply unable to get this post started.  For a while I had the sense that The Lord was directing my attention to the Book of Exodus, and after a couple of truly unmistakable signs I shifted my focus to Exodus to see what it was The Lord was trying to tell me.

As I was going through the first part of the Book of Exodus, The Lord was showing me some rather intense things, but nothing relating to the "patient endurance" theme He had been working on with me.  That is until I reached Exodus 13:17-18, which states:

Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array from the land of Egypt.

The Lord could have very easily taken His people to the Promised Land using a short-cut, but there was a very good reason why The Lord chose to do it in a way that was far different than anyone had in mind.  The Lord knew that His people were not ready for war, so instead of taking them directly into the Promised Land to face the Canaanites The Lord led His people into the wilderness because there was a great deal He had to teach them.  The Lord knew His people needed to be tested, refined, hardened, and then and only then would they be ready for the battle required to enter the promised land.

Many of you are going through your own wilderness experiences at present.  Those with a seeing eye and a hearing ear sense that everything is changing.  The wilderness experience is a necessary one as it will be what tests, refines, hardens, and prepares those chosen for what lies ahead.  We must each meet our wilderness experience with a contentment of The Lord's provision as we patiently endure the hardships The Lord has brought forth for our refinement.  Brothers and Sisters The Lord is teaching us to patiently endure through affliction and suffering so that we might endure to the end and be overcomers in the last days!

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved
~ Matthew 24:13

You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 
~ Mark 13:13

You will notice that there is nothing written about "enduring until you think you've had enough", or "enduring until it gets too hard and you see no reason why it should be this way in the first place." The command is straight-forward and simple, yet not at all easy...endure to the end!

It is in these "wilderness times" of suffering and affliction that we learn to patiently endure with a contentment of The Lord's provision that we may share in the hope of being an overcomer and sharing in the rich reward that The Lord has promised to all those who endure and overcome.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.  ~ Revelation 2:7

 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.
~ Revelation 2:11

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. 
~ Revelation 2:17

A dear friend and I always refer to this current wilderness season as "the frying pan season", as in going from the frying pan to the fire.  Make no mistake about it, this frying pan season is coming to a rapid end and the "fire season" will follow.  The point and purpose of this frying pan season is to prepare those chosen for battle in the great spiritual war that is approaching, enabling them to endure to the end and attain the rank of overcomer.

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

11. Great graces are often attached to what seems trifling.

April 18, 2012 

(Mat 7:13-14) Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

CATHOLIC FREE PRESS: At Holy Thursday Mass, pope criticizes dissent from church teachings

During a Mass in which priests renew their promises of fidelity to Christ, Pope Benedict XVI firmly criticized dissent from church teachings and disobedience of God’s will as illegitimate pathways toward reform and renewal.

Surrounded by more than 1,600 priests, bishops and cardinals, the pope cautioned against calls for women’s ordination, saying such campaigns seemed more “a desperate push” to fulfill one’s own preferences rather than a sincere attempt to conform one’s life more closely to Christ.

During the April 5 chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, which focuses on Holy Thursday as the day Jesus shared his priesthood with the apostles, the pope said he wanted to use the occasion to ask all priests, including himself, to meditate upon what their consecration really means.

“Are you resolved to be more united with the Lord Jesus and more closely conformed to him,” which entails a renunciation of oneself and “of the much-vaunted self-fulfillment,” the pope asked.

Being Christ-like means not to be served but to serve, not taking but giving, he said.

If that is the nature of the priesthood, then what should be the response of priests when faced with “the often dramatic situation of the church today,” the pope asked.

VATICAN INSIDER EDITORIAL: A transitional papacy?

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VIEWPOINT: Father Mark Kirby: Abuse Of The Holy Eucharist Is A Cancer At The Heart Of The Church!

SHAMEFUL DISSENT IN THE NEWS: Catholic pastor applauded for shunning anti-gay marriage drive

The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev.. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage.

The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.

“I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parish-oners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this Referendum,” Clark wrote in response to an e-mail.

“The standing ovation experienced during one of the Masses says less about me and much more about the health of this parish.  I only wished the archbishop could have experienced the sustained applause — the ‘sensus fidelium’ — of the people.  He needs to listen to this ‘voice.’ That is my prayer.”

The archbishop said that all persons “should be treated with respect, sensitivity and love,” but reiterated church teachings on sexuality that are eschewed by many American Catholics.

“It is important to remember that all Christians are called to chastity, and sexual intercourse is so intimate and significant that it is intended only for a man and woman in marriage,” said the letter, cosigned by Archbishop Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo.

“When I first read the archbishop’s letter I was troubled by the content and his intentions,” Clark wrote.  “In conscience, I could not allow signatures to be gathered, to allow the faith to be politicized in this way.

“What troubles me is the message this whole approach sends which I find discriminatory and insensitive.  To follow through with his wishes would be hurtful, divisive and a countersign to what we are trying to foster in this Catholic community in Wedgwood.

“I deeply believe, and say this with boldness, that this approach is not in the mind of Christ.”

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

10. Our self-love is so subtle; at times it makes us believe that we are seeking God, because we are so much attached to the things of His service, that we feel some annoyance when obliged to leave them. This is because we seek our own satisfaction rather than God; a heart that wishes for Him alone, finds Him everywhere.

April 17, 2012 

(Joh 19:23-24) The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified him, took his garments, (and they made four parts, to every soldier a part) and also his coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said then one to another: Let us not cut it but let us cast lots for it, whose it shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled, saying: They have parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture they have cast lots. And the soldiers indeed did these things.

(Joh 20:6-7)
Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre: and saw the linen cloths lying, And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place.


Thousands of pilgrims are currently converging on the cathedral of Trier, Germany, for the fifth centenary of the first public display of the "Heiliger Rock", said to be the Holy Robe which Jesus wore before His crucifixion and for which, according to the Gospel of St. John, the Roman soldiers cast lots.

According to tradition, part of this robe was found by Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, who gave it to St. Agricius, archbishop of Trier. The faithful were able to see it for the first time in 1512 when the emperor Maximilian I asked Archbishop Richard von Greiffenklau of Trier to put it on public display.

For the inauguration of the pilgrimage, which will last until 13 May, Benedict XVI has sent a message to Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier. The document bears the date of 6 April, Good Friday.

The Holy Father recalls how St. John says that the tunic was a single seamless piece of cloth, for which reason the soldiers decided not to tear it but to cast lots. "The Church Fathers saw in this the unity of the Church, founded as one indivisible community by the love of Christ", the Pope says. "The Saviour's love brings together that which has been divided. ... Moreover, the Robe of Christ is 'woven in one piece from the top'. This too is an image of the Church, which lives not thanks to her own efforts but because of the action of God. As one indivisible community she is a work of God, not the result of man's abilities. At the same time, the Holy Robe is a monition to the Church to remain faithful to her origins, in the awareness that her unity, consensus, effectiveness and witness ... can only be a gift of God".

Finally, the Holy Father writes, "the Holy Robe is not a toga, an elegant garment expressing a social function; it is a modest habiliment which serves to cover and protect the person wearing it, to protect his propriety. It is the undivided gift of the Crucified Christ to the Church which He sanctified with His blood. For this reason the Holy Robe reminds the Church of her own dignity. ... We must be constantly open to conversion and humility, in order to be disciples of the Lord in love and truth. At the same time, the special dignity and integrity of the Church cannot be sold short and abandoned to the clamour and the summary judgement of public opinion".

Concluding his message the Pope notes that "the jubilee pilgrimage has taken as its motto an invocation of the Lord: 'Lead to unity that which is divided'. We do not want to be isolated. We want to ask the Lord to guide us on the shared path of faith, to make it live again for us. In this way - growing together as Christians in faith, prayer and witness, and amidst of the trials of our time - we will be able to proclaim His magnificence and His goodness".

VIA VATICAN RADIO: Christ's Holy Tunic venerated in Trier

Bread of Heaven International Prayer Group: *Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?*

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin m eant, "I'm finished.."

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........

The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

(Rev 22:20) He that giveth testimony of these things, saith: Surely, I come quickly: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: The Practice of Virtue

7. I think you would please our Lord by going to Him with the dispositions of the prodigal son, in such wise that fear may not banish confidence. It is not said, however, that this son, after having returned to his father, left him a second time.
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