Is it a day to remember that long ago the combined evils of millennia bore down on the shoulders of one Man?
Does it make you evaluate where you are and where you are going?
How dark is your darkness and do you dare to bring it to Light?
Nearly 2,000 years have passed since that dark day just outside the gates of Jerusalem.
The message of Jesus calls us not only to reflect on His suffering but for us to live out His sacrifice.
We are to crucify ourselves each day to be resurrected in His likeness.
The reason this day is important is because it marks the ultimate expression of God's love for mankind.
For the disciples, hope died on Friday...
...but Sunday is coming.
Inspector Javert wants you to know that Les Miserables comes out today on DVD/Blu-Ray. Whether you are more of a practical Javert or a passionate Valjean, take advantage of the opportunity to see the award-winning movie in the comfort of your own home.
The stage show is planning a return to Broadway in 2014 following a successful US tour. The original London production continues its history-making run in the West End as well.
Last week the College of Cardinals elected the Archbishop of Buenos Aires
to be the new supreme head of the Catholic Church. The new pope took the name of Francis and
already there is speculation about possible reforms and changes within Roman
Catholicism. The cardinals vote in a
secret ballot inside the Sistine Chapel and then the ballots are burned. The paper naturally produces white smoke, but
chemicals are added to make the smoke black until a new pope is chosen when the
paper is burned alone and the white smoke announces the decision to the
world. The chimney on the roof of the
Chapel is watched by millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of
history. On Wednesday, a seagull perched
on the chimney for part of the day oblivious to the fact that many millions of
people were watching its every move. The
seagull became a topic of conversation on the Internet and on cable news. People began taking photos of the bird and
everyone in St. Peter’s Square and watching around the world took notice of
it. For a few moments the clueless
seagull was a star. It didn’t know the
significance of where it had perched: it was simply a nice spot to land. The seagull wasn’t concerned about the future
of the Catholic Church: it was just looking for its next meal or a place to
Sometimes in life we are the seagull.
Everyday important things are happening around us and we are missing out
on them because we are concerned with the daily grind of life. Some of us are so caught up in work that we
are missing our kids growing up. Some of
us are so caught up in entertainment that we are missing out on spiritual
growth. Some of us are so caught up in
the details of daily life that we are missing the beautiful, big picture that
is happening all around us.
morning: don’t be the seagull. Be truly
present in your life and take full advantage of the opportunities you have to
grow and build relationships. Some
moments happen only once and we must be paying attention to receive their reward.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! filmed from the stage. You will notice this 1998 production includes a pre-Valjean Hugh Jackman. Even as new shows are produced every year, it is important occasionally to go back to some of the great hits of days gone by. Currently Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (which was originally the first musical produced for television) is now on Broadway.
Many of us have tried to
learn a new skill, lose weight or clean up our homes. We may look at websites dedicating to
learning new ways and techniques to improve our lives. We may read books on subjects like fitness
and organization. We may consult experts
about what ways of self-improvement have worked for them. We may talk with friends to learn their
secrets of living richer, fuller lives.
There are so many things we can do to prepare for a project but one is
the most important:
Many times in life we
spend so much time preparing to do something that we never get around to
actually doing it. We want everything to
be perfect before we begin, and, since that perfection never comes, we never
actually do anything. What diet is the
most successful? The one you start and
stick with. What is the best way to
clean out a closet? Start taking stuff
out and separating it into piles. This
principle is also true in our spiritual lives.
Some of us are waiting to get everything figured out before we make a
commitment. That day of total certainty
never comes. At some point, we have to
step out in faith and begin the process of working to build a spiritual
life. Don’t let the intimidating
prospect of doing something perfectly keep you from doing something well. Resolve to start and take a step forward
today. To finish the journey, you must
begin and no matter how far you are going each journey begins with a single