Franciscan friars return to site of Christ’s baptism after 50 years

Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 03:52 pm (CNA).- For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able to offer Mass on their property at the site of Christ’s baptism, located in the West Bank.

The Mass for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord was said in the Church of St. John the Baptist at Qasr Al-Yahud, a shrine built in 1956, and located by the banks of the Jordan River.

After 54 years and 3 days since the last time, the #Franciscan friars of the Custody of the #HolyLand returned to celebrate inside the Church of St. John the #Baptist at Qasr Al-Yahud, on the #Jordan River, the Christian site that commemorates the #Baptism of #Jesus. pic.twitter.com/lF1IuTq1t7

Praise the Lord

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Pope Francis: We need unity in the Catholic Church, society, and nations

Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good in society and in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said Sunday.

“At this moment, a politician, even a manager, a bishop, a priest, who does not have the ability to say ‘we’ is not up to par. ‘We,’ the common good of all, must prevail. Unity is superior to conflict,” the pope said in an interview that aired on Italian news program Tg5 Jan. 10.

“Conflicts are necessary, but right now they have to go on vacation,” he continued, noting that people have a right to different points of view, and “political struggle is a noble thing,” but “what matters is the intention to help the country grow.”

Praise the Lord

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Oil and Water Do Mix! (Baptism of the Lord B)

 

Wine, milk, and bread all appear in today’s first reading. Sounds a bit like a shopping list.  Of course, water is there too, and in the responsorial psalm. That’s what you’d expect on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

But one thing is missing from this list of very basic ingredients. Oil. And that’s what I’d like to talk about today.

Praise the Lord

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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on President Trump and his rally in Washington…

 

…so here’s Auntie’s:

The notion that Mr Biden and his team”stole” the election and that thousands – millions – of votes were fraudulently misused, was shouted by President Trump immediately the results of voting arrived. But this was absurd.  It was obvious that Trump was talking nonsense: it  just a cry of outrage, anger and disappointment.

Praise the Lord

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Negativity and Positivity

Why do we love bad news so much? Here’s some intriguing thoughts, and why people in this age of instant, ubiquitous social media are so influence in the pessimistic direction. We remember what is emotionally charged, and negative news is so. And, to add to that, great is the power of steady repetition.

To be virtuous, and to see the truth clearly, it is requisite for us to train, discipline and guide our emotions and passions, and not be led by them. We must also filter what comes into our minds, through our eyes and ears. To see the ‘reality only through the distorted lens of the ‘news’ media – as Chesterton pointed out nearly a century ago – is a fool’s errand.

Rather, disengage for a time, or forever, from the puppets and shadows of puppets of Plato’s cave, dear reader, pray, ponder, peruse a good book, and ask guidance from the Holy Spirit, Who will see us into all the truth, and a much better frame of mind and soul.

Praise the Lord

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