Monday, May 15, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide—Backlog Edition, I

Saturday, 13 May was the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fátima (apparitions 13 May-13 October 1917): Our Lady-link ūna, Our Lady-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
In the spring & summer of 1916, nine-year-old Lúcia Santos & her cousins (Ss.) Jacinta & Francisco Marto (20 February) were herding sheep at the Cova da Iria near their home village of Fátima, Portugal. They later said they were visited three times by an apparition of an angel. They said the angel, who identified [itself] as "The Angel of Peace," taught them prayers, to make sacrifices, & to spend time in adoration of the Lord.
I agree that it is an odd choice of the bulletin's editor, Fran, to focus exclusively on the 1916 preparatory apparitions of the Angel of Peace, instead of the 1917 apparitions of Our Lady, the centenary of which is kind of a big deal to a large numbers of persons within the Church, involving pilgrimages, prayers, indulgences, & such.

It cannot be ignored that some of the Fatima people are vicious conspiracy theorists, bordering on heretics, but most are of good will & sincere devotion.

'Twas also the festival of Saint John the Silent, Bishop & Hermit (454-558, A.K.A. John Hesychastes): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Peter de Regelado, Priest, O.F.M. Conv. (1390-1456, A.K.A. Peter Regalatus): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter thirteen, verses forty-four thru fifty-two;
Psalm Ninety-eight, verses one, two & three(a,b), & three(c,d) & four;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fourteen, verses seven thru fourteen.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus declares his mutual indwelling with God: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” Charles Williams, a friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, stated that the master idea of Christianity is “coinherence,” what he described as mutual indwelling.

But we sometimes forget that we are all interconnected. How do we often identify ourselves? Almost exclusively through the naming of relationships: we are sons, brothers, daughters, mothers, fathers, members of organizations, or members of the Church. Yet read the Gospel today and see how Jesus identifies himself. Jesus reveals the co-inherence that obtains within the very existence of God. “Lord,” Philip said to him, “show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus replied, “Philip, after I have been with you all this time, you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

How can this be true, unless the Father and the Son coinhere in each other? Though Father and Son are really distinct, they are utterly implicated in each other by a mutual act of love. As Jesus says, “It is the Father who lives in me accomplishing his works.”
Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fátima
The Book of Isaiah, chapter sixty-one, verses nine, ten, & eleven;
Psalm Forty-five, verse eleven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-seven & twenty-eight.

Mass Readings—Ordination of Deacons in the Diocese of Lansing
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter eight, verses twenty-six thru forty;
Psalm Ninety-six, verses one & two(a), two(b) & three, & ten;
The First Letter to Timothy, chapter three, verses eight, nine, ten, twelve, & thirteen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses nine thru seventeen.

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