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Friday, July 28, 2006
Friday, the Day Our Lord was Sentenced to Death
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O Master, have mercy on us sinners for we know not what we do.


Today is Friday, the day we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned Our Glorious Lord to death - death on a tree. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat today or rather to do some act of penance. It was on this day of the week that Our Redeemer died for us. Please, never forget this, especially at 3 o'clock, the hour that He died. At 3 o'clock attempt to pray the 3 o'clock Mercy Prayer. Please remember Our Lord's love and repent today.

Canon Law, the Law of the Church:

Canon 1251 adds: "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday."
Canon 1253 provides an exception to the rule - and, perhaps, an explanation for the cultural shift: "The episcopal conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety."

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Today is also a great day to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations are a wonderful devotion that can be prayed in Church or at home. Nonetheless, the stations allow us to contemplate the true love of our Redeemer during His bitter Passion. Please join me in praying the Stations of the Cross. Remember, it was on this day that He gave up His life all for you.

13 comments:

del_button July 14, 2006 at 2:54 PM
Erica said...

Wow. I didn't realize there were people who actually wanted to be priests. That's the craziest thing I've ever heard. You're giving up your opportunity for a life and a family, and for what? It's interesting, really. I live my life, with a husband and a career in the sciences, neither of which I can imagine living without, and mostly I mind my own business. Then I stumble on this blog (I was brought here from gods4suckers.net BTW) and it's like looking through a telescope to the surface of Mars. Because that's how utterly different you are from me. Not bad, just different. I like finding new things :)

del_button July 14, 2006 at 5:45 PM
leo myshkin said...

is that 3:00 greenwich standard time?

ps. i don't think jesus would have used a word verification device.

del_button July 14, 2006 at 6:16 PM
Moneybags said...

Erica,

When you know Jesus Christ, the only thing you want to do is to serve Him. It doesn't matter if you are a priest, nun, or family man/woman. Everyone is called to holiness.

Leo,

You should observe the hour of Divine Mercy at 3:00 in your local time zone. And, of course Jesus didn't use word verfication because He was before computers. But, because of spammers, I have to use it.

del_button July 15, 2006 at 5:21 PM
A. said...

What a wonderful young man you are! It must be sad for you to read all of the negative and sarcastic comments you receive. Yet, you continue to be respectful, non-judgemental and never condensenting. Our Lord and his Mother are very proud of you. In my opinion, you have what it takes to be a great priest. My prayers are with you.

del_button July 15, 2006 at 5:52 PM
Moneybags said...

A,

Thank you very much for your kind comments. This past week I have received many sarcastic and negative comments. But, I will not let satan stop me from serving as a holy priest for Our Lord! I pray that my posts do bring the Gospel to others. I am a sinner, but I pray that the Lord might be merciful to me and keep me in grace.

Again, thank you!

del_button July 28, 2006 at 7:23 PM
jane said...

After Erica's last comment, i am very tempted to be as mean and nasty to her as she is to you and this site. But, then i remembered his words said on this friday 2006 yrs ago: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do". I see today as an opportunity to practice His Love with my comment.

Let us, all the faithful sinners, use this opportunity to pray for Erica and others like her who are wandering in a spiritual desert. Lets minister to her though our prayers and sacrifices and self mortifications.

Remember the Fatima prayer :

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love thee.
I beg pardon for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love thee.

MB, you will be faced with much adversity, difficulties and many, many hurdles on your journey to perfect union with Jesus. Remember the promises of Mary for those who devote to the rosary and you will remain in my prayers until the day i can see your pic on this site wearing the roman collar! God bless you and Christ's love to you.

jane

del_button July 28, 2006 at 7:43 PM
auron said...

to say you are never condenscending and judgmental is laughable. Multiple times you have told a good friend of mine she is going to Hell because she doesnt worship God in the same way as you. You tell protestants they are wrong without investigating their point of view. If any of this is never judgmental then I dont know what to do. You are actually one of the most judgmental people I know. Not that that is always bad (I too am judgmental at times)

del_button July 28, 2006 at 7:57 PM
auron said...

sorry for the double post moneybags and im sorry for posting this here instead of how i used to make real posts but i cant find a subjuect where this would fit as a comment



I can't call myself a Protestant anymore because i dont agree with some of their teachings, but I do believe in God and Jesus. I'd like to ask you a few questions about catholicism though. Would you agree that we are to behave in a similar manner as Jesus. Of course not in terms of divinity, but in terms of kind acts. Ill assume you will answer yes to this for the sake of the rest of this post. My friend recently told me a story in the bible that she had read. In this story Jesus was approached by a poor starving woman. Having heard of his miracles she asked for his assistance. Knowing Jesus, or at least my perception of Jesus, I was sure he would help her. NO. He refused to help her untill she completely converted over to believing he is the savior. Forgive me for not knowing the book or versus that this story is in, but she told me. You know her and if you so desire you can ask her. ANYWAY, I see many catholics (priests, and followers) that carry WWJD bracelets. Well according to theses teachers of the faith we should ignore non christians when they come to us for help. Of course no church or minister or priest I have been to and spokedn with seems to want to tell me why Jesus did this. None deny the story's existance, yet none can tell me why we should treat people as Jesus treated them for all except this one occasion.
Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.

del_button July 28, 2006 at 10:03 PM
Moneybags said...

Auron,

I know exactly who you are talking about, and I've talked with her several times these past few weeks. I have NEVER said "You are going to hell". NEVER, NEVER, and NEVER. I have said that certainly not all Protestants will be saved because they do not believe in the complete truth.

Would you agree that we are to behave in a similar manner as Jesus.

100% yes. Everything Jesus said points to us having to follow and imitate Him. That's why faith-alone is wrong. We have to be obedient, loving, generous, etc. like him.

Well according to theses teachers of the faith we should ignore non christians when they come to us for help.

I've never heard someone say to leave a non-Christian. Didn't you read of the Good Samaritan? Didn't a Samaritan help the injured man even though he was not of the true faith? (Lk 11:29-37)

As to the story you reference, I looked in each Gospel and could not find it. Could you please provide the Gospel and verse?

It may be true that many non-Christians (those that have rejected Jesus) will not be saved, but that does not mean we should allow others to suffer. They are still created in the same image of God. They were still redeemed by the Cross.

del_button July 28, 2006 at 10:19 PM
Moneybags said...

Auron,

PS - I do know the point of view of Protestants. I used to attend a Lutheran church many years ago! I realized how wrong it was, so I forever left protestantism and I'm so glad that I did.

So, don't say that I don't know their point of view because I do.

del_button July 28, 2006 at 10:39 PM
The Epiphany Artist said...

I abstained all day then I had fish for dinner. I feel bad cause at 3:00PM I was busy hanging my paintings in a gallery and forgot to think and pray at that time.

del_button July 29, 2006 at 7:36 AM
Moneybags said...

Tlwest, you at least abstained all day. If you forget about the 3 o'clock prayer one day, don't worry about it.

del_button July 29, 2006 at 11:46 AM
Anonymous said...

I know this doesn't sound very Christian like but I was wondering those who want to find fault with moneybags becoming a priest and believe me I will be very shocked if he doesn't become one because he is very dedicated to the Catholic faith and in this day and age it is so much easier to fall to sin then it ever was. If people have a hard time with that please in the name of any religion keep your comments to yourself. Us believers don't want to hear from you. If you don't like what he writes your wasting your time and his.
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