BY MARY SAYAD
John 20:19-23 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20- When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21- Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22- And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23-Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them and whose sins you retain are retained.”
**Just as Adam’s life came from God, so now the disciples’ new spiritual life comes from Jesus.
**The New American Bible
The Catholic Church is a Divine institution that is indestructible. Governments cannot destroy the Church. Folks, I’m merely conveying Christ’s teachings. Matthew 16:18 “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld (hell) shall not prevail against it.
The recent embarrassing Church scandals are problems of epic proportions, however, Pope Benedict XVI has been paying close attention towards purging and eliminating all offensive individuals from their assigned positions and the offenders are gradually and systematically being purged and eliminated. Perhaps a slow process, nevertheless, it is a reality, thank God!
***“The Gospel reassures us that God can make all things new, that history need not be repeated, that memories can be healed, that the bitter fruits of recrimination and hostility can be overcome...” ***Pope Benedict XVI
On another note, this is the closing of the month of May, the month where we honor Mary, our mother. I will be leading a Living Rosary on Friday, May 28 at St. Francis Church, 868 Ringwood Avenue, Haskell, NJ. This Living Rosary will be very special because it will be followed by a procession with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon. During the processions of the original Icon, in Constantinople (which is presently Turkey) many people received healings and miracles. You are all welcomed to participate and hopefully be recipients of Our Lady’s graces and blessings through her Son, Jesus. I hope to see you there!
True to form, I always end my messages with a reminder to pray for world peace, our military and their families. Also, offer your Rosary recitals for the banning of abortion throughout the world. Thank you.
Your companion in prayer,
***The above photo is one of the beautiful windows located in Annunciation Church located in Wayne, NJ