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1-The Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit
XXXIV Sunday in Ordinary Time Print E-mail

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. This is the title put on the cross. Shortly before Christ’s death, one of the two condemned men crucified with him said to him: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. What kingdom? The object of his request was certainly not an earthly kingdom but another one. The good thief speaks as if he had heard the words exchanged earlier between Pilate and Christ. Pilate had questioned: Are you the King of the Jews. Christ had not denied it; he had explained: My kingship is not of this world. Jesus had replied directly to Pilate’s repeated question as to whether he were a king: You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. The Good Thief crucified with Jesus came in some way to the heart of this truth. Indeed, in a certain sense he became a prophet of this eternal Kingdom when, hanging on the cross, he said: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Christ said in reply: Today you will be with me in Paradise.

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XXXIV Niedziela zwykła Print E-mail

Są dwa podejścia do życia religijnego. W pierwszym człowiek uważa, że Bóg powinien mu służyć. Ile razy zatem napotyka trudności, jak cierpienie, kłopoty, nieporozumienia, pędzi do Boga, by mu te przeszkody usunął. Przecież On wszystko może, On jest od tego, by pomagał, a pomagać to według człowieka nic innego, jak ułatwiać życie. Wbrew pozorom tego typu ludzi jest bardzo dużo. Traktują Boga jako instytucję ubezpieczeniową, jako straż pożarną, gotową pędzić z pomocą na każdy alarm, jako pogotowie ratunkowe, którego obowiązkiem jest owijanie każdego skaleczonego palca. Rzecz jasna, takie podejście do Boga nie ma nic wspólnego z duchem Ewangelii.

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Thanksgiving Day Print E-mail

Happy Thanksgiving!In 1607 a great event occurred in England, when a group of political activists who wanted religious freedom from the Church of England moved to Holland. These people would become known as the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were the first people to build a lasting settlement in the recently discovered America, and they struggled hard to survive their first harsh winter. Eventually, they made friends with the native people and began to grow food. That fall, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving, an American tradition which has continued down to the present day.

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XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time Print E-mail

And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and gloryWithin the core of each person lies the fundamental desire to be loved, respected, and valued for one's self and one's unique gifts and talents. As a result of the brokenness that comes from sin, some people grow up with the feeling that they are not loved, valued, or accepted completely. Many factors can contribute to this inner sense: the house-hold in which one grows up, one's experience with one's peers, or even the values that society judges as important. This sense of unworthiness is often described as having a painful void within oneself. To fill this perceived void one may try to earn the love and approval of others by giving in to their expectations. This strategy may result in fleeting satisfaction, but it is doomed to failure as it is not possible to please other people all the time.

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XXXIII Niedziela zwykła Print E-mail

Czuwajcie, bo nie wiecie, kiedy czas ten nadejdzie (Mk 13, 33)Zatrzymałem się w iglastym lesie. Patrzyłem na drzewa, które ciągle zrzucają swe igły i ciągle są zielone. Dokonuje się to prawie niezauważalnie. Drzewo stoi lato i zimę zielone, a jednak ono ustawicznie wymienia swe igły. To obraz życia ludzkiej rodziny. Każdy ma swoje zadanie do spełnienia, ciągnie z drzewa życiodajne soki i każdy ubogaca to drzewo swoim wkładem - pracy, radości, cierpienia. Kiedy w tym kontekście czytamy słowa Jezusa o eschatologii, staje się zrozumiały ich podwójny wymiar. Jeden dotyczy losów poszczególnych szpilek, drugi losu całego drzewa. Każdego człowieka winien interesować zarówno jego indywidualny los, jak i los całości rodziny ludzkiej.

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