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Most Rev.Joachim Rego, C.P.  Most Rev Joachim  Rego - Passionist
 Superior General
 

  Easter Message

         2014
 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends in the Passionist Family,
  
  Greetings to you in the Passion of Jesus! As I pen these words, we are beginning Holy Week – a time which is so meaningful to us, Passionists, as we commemorate and accompany Jesus in the final hours of his Passion, leading to his Death and Resurrection. We enter this Week after having received the grace of Conversion – a renewal of mind and heart – during the period of Lent. Hopefully our response to this time has brought us more under the influence of Christ and leads us to see, understand and respond to all of life more clearly under the light of the Holy Spirit. Yes, each one of us is a NEW, or rather RENEWED person! This necessarily will have its impact on how I live my life and relationships as a disciple of Jesus today.
   
  It is from this standpoint that we now enter into the experience of Holy Week, which is not simply a ‘remembering’ of the events that took place in the life of Jesus of Nazareth over 2000 years ago. Rather, through the liturgical (prayer & symbols) celebrations and listening to the accounts of the Passion of Jesus, we ‘re-live’ the memory once again and walk with Jesus, learning from the manner of his approach and response in his Passion.
   
  While we must naturally appreciate the human pain and brutality suffered by Jesus as a consequence of his proclamation of the kingdom values and in obedience to the will of the Father, let us aim to contemplate the deeper mystery of the Passion which is given meaning in the light of the Resurrection. Our Founder, St Paul of the Cross, in his contemplation of the Crucified, came to appreciate the Passion of Jesus as “the greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love” and “the door to union with God”.
   
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Crucifixion of Jesus        Good Friday    
       "I, if I be lifted up,
                  will draw all things to myself."

                                   
       

 The cohort and its tribune and the Jewish guards seized Jesus and bound him.  They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.  It was Caiaphas who had counselled the Jews, "It is better for one man to die for the people."   The high priest questioned Jesus about his teaching and then sent him to Caiaphas who then had him led to Pilate in the Praetorium.  Pilate called Jesus to him and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"  Jesus replied, "Do you ask this of your own accord or have others said it to you about me?"   Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me; what have you done?"   Jesus replied, "Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews.  As it is, my kingdom does not belong here."  Pilate said, "So, then you are a King?"  Jesus answered, "It is you who say that I am a king.  I was born for this I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice."  "Truth?" said Pilate. "What is that?"  And so saying he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no case against him.  But according to a custom of yours I should release one prisoner at the Passover; would you like me then to release for you the king of the Jews?"  At this they shouted, "Not this man, they said, but Barabbas."  Barabbas was a bandit.  

    Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head and dressed him a purple robe.  They kept coming up to him and saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" and slapping him in the face.  Pilate came outside again and said to them, "Look, I am going to bring him out to you to let you see that I find no case against him."  Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  Pilate said, "Behold the man."  When they saw him, the chief priests and the guards shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"  Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and crucify him.  I find no case against him."  Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.    Carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skull or, as it is  called in Hebrew, Golgotha.
    
 
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“The Catechism of the Catholic Church” Quote for the day:
Part One:  Section 2_Chapter Two:
Christ's death is the unique and definitive sacrifice

613   Christ's death is both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world", and the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the "blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins".
    
614  This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience.
  
     Jesus substitutes his obedience for our disobedience
 

615  "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous." By his obedience unto death, Jesus accomplished the substitution of the suffering Servant, who "makes himself an offering for sin", when "he bore the sin of many", and who "shall make many to be accounted righteous", for "he shall bear their iniquities". Jesus atoned for our faults and made satisfaction for our sins to the Father.
   
     Jesus consummates his sacrifice on the cross
   
616
 It is love "to the end" that confers on Christ's sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life.....
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Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
     The pastoral strategy is essentially a call and encouragement to prayer and sacrifice - it's meant to be   
simple. ... Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty are not only foundational to Catholic social teaching but also fundamental to the good of society.
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Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
    We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens.  .....Read More



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