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Monthly Archives: March 2010
Wednesday

This week’s trinity of high holy days is the lynchpin between Lent and Easter. All of the Stations of the Cross and poor man’s suppers and confession lines bring us to Jesus’ last hours on earth. Just as in Mass when we "interrupt" the Eucharistic prayer to proclaim the mystery of faith, we move away from Eucharist as usual and enter into three days of liturgical drama and scriptural feasting.

Each week during Lent, redemptorists.net has featured a written reflection on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. Each one has tried to offer some insight into what God’s Word might mean for our Lenten journey today.

On the same page with the written reflections, you’ll find Lenten audio talks preached by Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province.

We hope these offerings will help you on your spiritual walk through Lent and lead you to a joyful Easter. May Our Mother of Perpetual Help be with us along the way.

Sunday

At the start of this Holy Week, we invite you to visit the Web site of our fellow Redemptorists from the Denver Province. Their site this week features a quote from St. Alphonsus Liguori’s work, The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Playing in the background is a clip from a piece of music composed by Alphonsus, entitled "To Jesus in His Passion."

We hope you’ll take a few moments to reflect on these beautiful words and music.

Know of our prayers for you and your intentions this week as we follow Our Redeemer through the sorrowful events of his passion to the joy of resurrection and redemption!

Wednesday

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:33-34).

Forgiveness was so central to Jesus’ life and teaching. He knew well that its lack can destroy individuals and poison relationships. In St. Luke’s Gospel (used all this year) forgiveness is so highlighted that some commentators call it “the Gospel of the Great Pardons.”

Each week during Lent, redemptorists.net features a written reflection on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. Each one will try to offer some insight into what God’s Word might mean for our Lenten journey today. The last reflection in the series will be posted next Wednesday.

On the same page with the written reflections, you’ll find Lenten audio talks preached by Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province. This week’s topic is "Mary and the Paschal Mystery."

We hope these offerings will help you on your spiritual walk through Lent and lead you to a joyful Easter. May Our Mother of Perpetual Help be with us along the way.

Tuesday

Redemptorists are known for being good preachers and good confessors. Ever wonder how they learn those things? Read about it in the new edition of our quarterly newsletter, Plentiful Redemption. You’ll also learn how you can support our men who are in formation and continuing their studies for ministry.

Also in this edition:

— Our novice, Jacky, reflects on the earthquake that struck his native Haiti
— Meet our new seminarian, Phuong To (he’s from Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Philadelphia)
— Read the first part of our new series about St. Alphonsus Liguori and the Eucharist, written by Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R.

Plentiful Redemption is available in electronic format on our Web site in addition to the printed version. You may sign up to receive an e-alert when a new issue is available by clicking here. If you prefer to receive a copy through the mail, please send your name and address to editor@redemptorists.net.

Thursday

On March 18, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Redemptorist Father Ralph Heskett of the London Province, as the Bishop of Gibraltar. He will succeed Bishop Charles Caruana, KHS., C.St.J., who has surpassed retirement age and was awaiting a successor. Episcopal ordination is expected sometime in June.

Father Heskett was born on March 3, 1953 in Sunderland, England. He grew up in the Redemptorist parish of St. Benet’s. He professed first vows as a Redemptorist on August 28, 1971 and made perpetual profession on August 30, 1974. He was ordained on July 10, 1976.

He has worked in mission and retreat ministries, and has served as vocations director and novice master for the London Province. 

Gibraltar is situated at the southern end of the Iberian peninsula at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. Besides its interesting geological formation — it is commonly referred to as the “Rock” — Gibraltar also has an interesting political, religious and ecclesiastical history. Today, governmentally, Gibraltar is a British oversees territory. Before the 18th century, however, it was part of Spain and part of the diocese of Cádiz, Spain.

Bishop-elect Heskett becomes the third member of the London province to be raised to the episcopacy after Bishop Robert Aston Coffin, bishop of Southwick, England (1882-1885) and Bishop Hugh McDonald, bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland (1890-1898).

Courtesy: Scala