“Error may flourish for a time, but truth will prevail in the end. The only effect of error ultimately is to promote truth.”
— John Henry Cardinal Newman
Translation makes a BIG difference, particularly in Sacred Scripture. This article opens up a whole meaning to the Lord’s Prayer that most people don’t know about.
Most folks, when praying the Lord’s Prayer, simply assume that the phrase “our daily bread” is a request for food. At one level, that’s true. But at a more accurate level, we are actually requesting the grace to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, each day.
Each time we pray the Our Father, we are asking for the Eucharist. And that’s true whether or not we are Catholic Christians.
The word “daily” in “give us this day our daily bread” is the Greek word epiousios. In a certain sense, it’s a difficult word to translate because it’s a brand new word. Before Christ, nobody had used this word. This word is found no where else in Greek literature. Jesus actually coined this word. Perhaps he did so to give this petition special significance.
“Epi” means highest, above, or superior. As a prefix, this gives us “super-“. Next we have the word “ousios,” which means essence, substance, or nature.
Welcome to Holy Week!
Each year, the Church celebrates the entire week before Easter Sunday. We are all familiar with the various celebrations and customs associated with with this week, but do we know how they came about?
Our Sunday Visitor has put together a “Guide To Holy Week” for those who want to know more about this holy time.
There’s also a short quiz to test your knowledge of the events and people involved in those events, list of ideas for things to do during the week to make it more meaningful, explanations of the customs associated (palm crosses, colored eggs, house cleaning, etc.) and more.
I think you’ll like it!
Over time, the practice of observing Holy Week spread throughout the Christian world, with prayers, historical re-enactments and special liturgies. During the Middle Ages, the celebration of the Easter Vigil gradually fell out of practice. The important days of the week were Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
I am a member of the K of C (in fact, I am the current Grand Knight of our council). I never knew ANY of this until recently!
Sadly, out of ignorance, many people slam the Knights of Columbus as being something that it’s not. I thought this would be a good glimpse of reality.
Sometimes you just need to sit back, close your eyes and be with God. This will help…
The music to this song is Sergei Rachmaninovs creative genius, in his Slavonic original. Because this is the most known Marian hymn, and because of the slow tempo, I have not included lyrics in the video. The five images are a variation of Marian art from the ages and from across various cultures. The lyrics and translation are as follows:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Áve María, grátia pléna, Dóminus técum.
Benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
Sáncta María, Máter Déi, óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae.
Catherine of Siena, Claire of Assisi, daywithoutwomen, Elizabeth, Helena, Joan, Joan of Arc, Kateri, Lucy, Mary, Mary Magdaline, Monica, Mother Teresa, Perpetua and Felicity, teresa, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, women
For those who aren’t quite sure, here’s a guide on the obligations for fasting and abstaining during the Lenten season.
I’ve out grown one of these but not the other. Can you guess which one? 🙂
While I am beyond the age limit on one of these obligations, my wife and I still adhere to both. Old habits…
Have a blessed Lenten season!
I have loved this movie since I was a small child. I thought it would be appropriate today, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Here is the movie “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) about the apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous. The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for another eight. – From Regina Magazine
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.
“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”
– Bicentennial talk given in the United States by the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland
Pope St John Paul predicted this in 1976: when are we going to wake up?
The same elements of communism which is definitely a tool of the devil are present in secular humanism that is embraced readily in our American culture: lack of respect for God and religious freedom, lack of respect of the dignity of the human person, substituting government for family life, attacks on the family in many forms…
Pope St John Paul 2 warned us, and so did Our Lady of Fatima (who incidentally saved his life).
When are we going to wake up??? – Toni Aceto
“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.”
“It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution – when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain
But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already with Gobel, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.” –Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Time to gird up…
Beginning on February 13 – 90 days.
100th Anniversary of Fatima is May 13 – Time to Do the “Nineveh Thing”
Click here to proceed to the Nineveh 90 website.
For those participating in Nineveh 90, we are all utilizing these 90 days to get a solid basic Catholic prayer life up and running. St. Alphonsus said, “Prayer is, beyond