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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

JESUIT CARDINAL SPEAKS ON THE SACRED HEART

New Jesuit Cardinal Albert Vanhoyee explained why Pope
Benedict XVI has relaunched the devotion to the Sacred
Heart of Jesus during an interview with the Zenit. The professor and rector emiritus of the Pontifical Bible Institute said that the sacred heart is one of the essential devotions of a Christian.


"The devotion to the Heart of Jesus is a lesson in humility, complete renunciation to violence and generous love which speaks to the men of today", Cardinal Vanhoyee stated.


According to him there are two reasons why he have placed the motto "Cordi tuo unitus" (United to your Heart) in his cardinal's emblem. One is personal reason which goes back to his childhood. He was educated in a Sacred Heart Institute from 4 to 11 years of age and later in a minor seminary of the diocese of Lille, in northern France, where they did the daily offering of the Apostleship of Prayer.
During that period his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus began which was later reinforced with the vocation to be a Jesuit.


The second reason is apostolic. During his philosophy years he was part of a small group that reflected on the different aspects of the same and at the end of the formation this orientation was further consolidated. Then there is an apostolic reason in the choice of motto: to suggest the same spiritual attitude to all who read it.


For Cardinal Vanhoyee, "United to your Heart" expressed at the same time an intention and a prayer. The intention to live united to the Heart of Jesus in thought, action, affection and word and at the same time a humble and confident invocation because we can't give ourselves this union, but it is a very desirable grace.


When asked about if there is a biblical foundation after the great dissemination between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th devotion to the Sacred Heart which has been considered by many to be surpassed, Cardinal Vanhoyee referred the objections to a certain sentimental devoutness. He said, "but I don't think they are founded, especially if one speaks of true worship which is stimulation for the spiritual and apostolic life. However, in a
certain sense it isn't mistaken to say that this devotion does not have sufficient biblical foundation, though deep down it is false. It is correct to affirm that the New Testament does not speak much of the Heart of Jesus. It is mentioned only once, in Matthew 11, when Jesus says: "learn from me, for I am meek andc humble of heart."


He further explained that the phrase, however, is very important because it is the only moment in which Jesus
describes the very qualities that we find in numerous episodes of his life, and because it is in relation with a verb of the Gospels, used only by Jesus, derived from the Greek word which means "core" and that we can translate as "my heart is troubled." It is an important allusion to human compassion and to Jesus' great sensitivity.


He added that John the evangelist does not speak of the pierced heart but of the pierced side, though it is quite evident that through the side the heart is reached. On the other hand, if we take the whole of Sacred Scripture into consideration, the foundation of devotion to the Sacred Heart is very wide. The Old Testament highlights the importance of the heart for the relationship with God, that is, of the human person's interiority: memory, understanding,
affectivity and will.


Cardinal Vanhoee pointed out that the devotion is precisely in the union with the Heart of Jesus. It is not a surpassed devotion; on the contrary, it is timely and also essential if it is well done. Without this union we cannot live fully the love that comes from God or succeed in being humble. On the contrary, we run the risk of fuelling our pride and arrogance.


On the other hand, it is the Gospel itself that presents to us a religion of the heart, far from exteriority. It must be said that devotion to the Heart of Jesus has a popular form that does not always correspond to this orientation, but I think that much can be done to make it even more significant.


Cardinal Vanhoyee explained why Pope Benedict relaunched the subject on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the 50th anniversary of Pius XII's encyclical Haurietis Acquas on the Sacred Heart.


He said that during the Pope's message to Father
Kolvenbach, general director of the Society of Jesus, the Pope wished to underline the the anniversary forcefully precisely with a message because the Society of Jesus was always active in promoting this fundamental devotion, above all thanks to the Apostleship of Prayer and to its proposal of spirituality not at all sentimental but which involves the whole of human existence.


Now in the encyclical Deus Caritas Est, Benedict XV
speaks several times of the pierced side and of the Heart of Jesus, true source of love. It is clear also in the Pope's words that the devotion to the Sacred Heart cannot stay only with the humanity of Jesus, precisely because the latter is expression of the love of God for the world that can be experienced and therefore witnessed only by looking at that pierced side.


In this connection, in France, Jesuit Father Glotin has finished a profound and extensive study on devotion to the Heart of Jesus that will come out next year, to confirm the importance of calling people's attention to this spirituality.

One cannot do without a relationship with the Heart of Jesus.

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JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA

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JULY 2
ST. OTTO.

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JULY 3
ST. THOMAS

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JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL

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JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

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JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

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JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

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JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

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JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

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JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

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JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

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JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

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JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

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JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John. Read More »

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. Read More »

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.Read More »

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts. Read More »

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

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JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

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JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

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JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

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JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

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JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

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JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

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JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

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JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

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JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

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JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

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JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

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