It is good to have holy places in the world and good for us to go on pilgrimages. Ultimately it is what you feel from the place that is lasting. Visiting the place is to plant a seed, to change within yourself is to watch it grow. When people visit a holy place, some say that the spirits of the place speak to them, others remember the sites and sounds of the exotic landscapes and traditions. Letting your heart be moved by what you experience allows you to receive the true treasures.
Pope Francis said, “Our life is fully secure in the hands of Jesus and the Father, which are one single thing: one unique love, a unique mercy, revealed once for all in the sacrifice of the Cross.” Addressing the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square, after having ordained eleven new priests on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Holy Father focused on the figure of the Good Shepherd, which “indicates the close relationship that Jesus wants to establish with each one of us. He is our guide, our teacher, our friend, our model, but above all He is our Saviour.” But “no one can call himself a follower of Jesus, if he does not listen to His voice.”
Jesus proved we don’t really die, this is a world where we learn how to live. Our real home is called Eternity not planet Earth. Truth is we don’t even have to wait, we can live the real life now. We are children of the resurrection! Jesus told sin and evil, they are tempters but not our ruler. Go and live! Be not afraid, Jesus defeated the weight of the world and opened a door for us to follow.
Jesus is alive and well! We so often view him nailed to the cross. But truly we should visualize him resurrected. He triumphed over sin, death, and the weigh of this world (tyranny). This life is not the end. Its the beginning.
Icon of the Resurrection, with Christ, having kicked down the gates of Hades and pulling Adam and Eve out of the tombs. Christ is flanked by saints, and Satan, depicted as an old man, is bound and chained.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
We carry you
the best we know how
protecting you in this carriage
traveling across time
bullets and bumps
the carriage gets hit
you are still safe inside
being carried across centuries
precious, beating forever
pouring out your merciful love
· Although, according to the thinking of the world, he was betrayed, he didn’t choose that perception for himself.
· What created the space for his triumph was his defenselessness, his holding to love despite what others were doing to him.
· Our power comes from saying, “I will step back and let Him lead the way.” The Christ within us can handle any assault because it is not affected by loveless ness.
· It takes great courage and personal strength to hold on to our center during times of great hurt. It takes wisdom to understand that our reactive ness only fans the flames of false drama. Love creates a mystical shield around us, protecting us from the chaos.