Friday, March 28, 2008

Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, March 30th, is Divine Mercy Sunday. This wonderful feast instituted on April 30th, 2000 during the canonization Mass of St. Faustina, is a wonderful opportunity for the faithful to embrace the endless font of mercy that Christ won for us by His sacrifice on the Cross.

This feast is special in that it was requested to be instituted by the Lord Himself. In St. Faustina's
diary the Lord requests a feast of His Mercy 14 times. The Church in Her infinite wisdom has instituted this feast for the Sunday after Easter Sunday.

On this wonderful feast a plenary indulgence is offered to all the faithful. The normal conditions for a plenary indulgence are required( a sacramental confession and reception of Holy Communion within 7 days prior or following Divine Mercy Sunday and praying for the Holy Fathers intentions) with the addition of the reciting the Our Father, the Creed, and a devout prayer recognizing the Mercy of Christ(Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!) all to be said with a spirit totally detached from all sin, even venial.

Let us all make the Lord happy on this feast by praising and receiving His endless mercy.

Mater Salvatoris, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Is the Holy Father a snazzy dresser or what?

Some of my favorite pictures of Pope Benedict showing just how classy he can be.

We are up and running and Happy Easter!!!

This is the first post that Roman Catholic America has up. More will come as soon as possible. But first order of business is to say: ALLELUIA!!!!! HE IS RISEN!!!!

It is now the Thursday within the Octave of Easter and is it good.

The Easter season is so filled with rejoicing and praise to God that one can be overwhelmed, especially during the Octave (everyday is a Solemnity, crazy!). It is interesting when attending Mass during the Octave and forgetting in fact that it is still technically Easter. Just yesterday I was attending Mass and the Gloria was almost forgotten. The Lector walked up to the ambo and announced the reading from the Acts of the Apostles and BURRR!!! the organist cut him off when he realized that the Gloria was forgotten. Every one in the Church jumped a bit and most smiled all the way through the Gloria, but then it dawned on me... we ought to smile and be filled with joy during the Gloria every time it is sung. Think about it, this wonderful prayer that is proclaiming the glory of the Most High God ought to elicit joy, and so often it is glossed over as the congregation drudges through it with long faces looking at their watches as they think of the breakfast menu that will be offered in the parish hall after Mass.

The Gloria is essential to the worship of God because it praises his Glory. We ought to take this Easter serious for what is it, a celebration of joy in Christs' destruction of sin and death. Be joyful for He is Risen!!!