A second distinguishing fact is that once He appeared, He struck history with such impact that He split it in two, dividing it into two periods: one before His coming, the other after it. Buddha did not do this, nor any of the great Indian philosophers. Even those who deny God must date their attacks upon Him, A.D. so and so, or so many years after His coming.
A fourth distinguishing fact is that He does not fit, as the other world teachers do, into the established category of a good man. Good men do not lie. But if Christ was not all that He said He was, namely, the Son of the living God, the Word of God in the flesh, then He was not "just a good man"; then He was a knave, a liar, a charlatan and the greatest deceiver who ever lived. If He was not what He said He was, the Christ, the Son of God, He was the anti-Christ! If He was only a man, then He was not even a "good" man.
He would have us either worship Him or despise Him - despise Him as a mere man, or worship Him as true God and true man. That is the alternative He presents. It may very well be that the Communists, who are so anti-Christ, are closer to Him than those who see Him as a sentimentalist and a vague moral reformer. The Communists have at least decided that if He wins, they lose; the others are afraid to consider Him either as winning or losing, because they are not prepared to meet the moral demands which this victory would make on their souls.IF He is what He claimed to be, a Savior, a Redeemer, then we have a virile Christ and a leader worth following in these terrible times; One Who will step into the breach of death, crushing sin, gloom and despair; a leader to Whom we can make totalitarian sacrifice without losing but gaining freedom, and Whom we can love even unto death. We need a Christ today Who will make cords and drive the buyers and sellers from our new temples; Who will blast the unfruitful fig tree; Who will talk of crosses and sacrifices and Whose voice will be like the voice of the raging sea. But He will not allow us to pick and choose among His words, discarding the hard ones, and accepting the ones that please our fancy. We need a Christ Who will restore moral indignation, Who will make us hate evil with a passionate intensity, and love goodness to a point where we can drink death like water.
Karl Fritzsch: “The fugitive has not been found! You will all pay for this. 10 of you will be locked in the starvation bunker without food or water until they die!”One of the selected men, FranciszekGajowniczek, imprisoned for helping the Polish Resistance, cried out: “My poor wife! My poor children! What will happen to my family?”Upon hearing this, Fr. Maximilian took off his cap and silently stepped forward.Karl Fritzsch: “What does this Polish pig want?”Fr. Maximilian: “I am only a Catholic priest from Poland. Let me take his place. I am old. He has a wife and children.”According to a witness:“From astonishment, the commandant appeared unable to speak. After a moment, he gave a sign with his hand. He spoke but one word: ‘Away!’ Gajowniczek received the command to return to the row he had just left. In this manner, Fr. Maximilian took the place of the condemned man.”As the 10 were led off to basement bunker of Block 13 to die, Fr. Maximilian supported a fellow prisoner who could hardly walk.August 14, 1941: After weeks of starvation, Fr. Maximilian and his fellow prisoners were barely alive. Some were so thirsty that they resorted to drinking their own urine. Yet, not a sound of anguish was heard to come from the bunker; instead there were those of prayers and hymns by the prisoners led by Fr. Maximilian. Finally, the Nazi officials decided that the cell had to cleared-out to make room for other prisoners. As the executioner entered the bunker, Fr. Maximilian, the only one left who was fully conscious, said a prayer and offered his left arm to be injected with a lethal dose of carbolic acid. On the eve of theFeast of the Assumption of the one whom he devotedly loved all his life, Maximilian died.
In a sense, Jesus depends on us to save souls, and we depend totally on Jesus for our life and work, as electricity and bulb. Through the bulb the electricity becomes luminous and useful. - See more at: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6606#sthash.uC4xtHHg.dpuf
Charity, love is putting our faith into practice. Gratitude. This is why young people are - you are - once again fully open to Christ. Christ did not promise an easy life. Those who desire comforts have dialled the wrong number. Rather, he shows us the way to great things, the good, towards an authentic human life. When he speaks of the cross that we ourselves have to carry, it has nothing to do with a taste for torture or of pedantic moralism. It is the impulse of love, which has its own momentum and does not seek itself but opens the person to the service of truth, justice and the good. Christ shows God to us, and thus the true greatness of man.
JESUS CHRIST Saviour Servant Messiah
The only person ever pre-announced• Lots of people claimed to have come from God.• Only one man was pre-announced. – In the Old Testament – The Roman poets – The Chinese – The Greeks
Every other person who ever came intothis world came into it to live.He came into it to die. –Fulton Sheen
Why did God become man?• To save us from eternal separation from God.• That we might now how much God loves us.• To show us how to be holy.• To allow us to partake in the divine natureSee what love the Father has given us, that weshould be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1
What’s in a name? Yeshua Iēsoûs God saves Jesus
• Born of a woman, He was a man and could be one with all humanity; born of a Virgin, who was overshadowed by the Spirit and "full of grace," He would also be outside that current of sin which infected all men.
"You know that the rulers of the Gentileslord it over them, and their great menexercise authority over them.It shall not be so among you; but whoeverwould be great among you must be yourservant, and whoever would be first amongyou must be your slave; even as the Son ofman came not to be served but to serve, andto give his life as a ransom for many."
When he had washed their feet,and taken his garments, andresumed his place, he said tothem, "Do you know what Ihave done to you?You call me Teacher and Lord;and you are right, for so I am.If I then, your Lord and Teacher,have washed your feet, you alsoought to wash one anothersfeet.For I have given you anexample, that you also shoulddo as I have done to you.
‘Do as I have done to you.’• Can you think of some who have lived this life of service well? – A parent? A teacher? Someone inspiring? A saint?
St Maximilian Kolbe• “I am only a Catholic priest from Poland. Let me take his place. I am old. He has a wife and children.”
• “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.”• “Come be My light…I cannot go alone.”• People ask, ‘Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing?’
St Damien of MolokaiWhen Joseph de Veuster was born in,Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europehad any firsthand knowledge of leprosy(Hansens disease). By the time he died at theage of 49, people all over the world knew aboutthis disease because of him. They knew thathuman compassion could soften the ravages ofthis disease.
Montserrat Grases• Young girl who wanted to be holy and life a full live.• Normal intelligence. Liked athletics.• Prayer.• Talking to her friends. Eager for her friends to grow closer to Jesus.
Cancer• At the age of 17.• Serenity• “I’m not afraid of pain because I think that if I’m faithful to God each day in what he asks of me, he will help me when the hard part comes.”• Natural, cheerful, joking about her illness.• Faithful to her prayer even during the pain and the times of anxiety.• “I’m not afraid of pain because I think that if I’m faithful to God each day in what he asks of me, he will help me when the hard part comes.”
Inspired many peoplearound her to try to beholy in their ordinarylives. Everything we do– our prayer, our work,our study, ourfriendships, our familyduties: all these arewonderful offerings toGod, and instrumentsto make others happy.
Pope Benedict XVI• Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger• Life of service as a pastor and a teacher.• Ministering to the body (feeding the hungry, etc.) is very important. Ministering to the soul is even more vital.• Helping others understand who God is, and how to live a good life, is VERY important. Leading others to God and to heaven.
“No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No oneis saved alone. The lives of others continuallyspill over into mine: in what I think, say, do andachieve. And conversely, my life spills over intothat of others: for better and for worse. So myprayer for another is not something extraneousto that person, something external, not evenafter death.”
The ways of the Lord are not easy, but we werenot created for an easy life, but for great things,for goodness. - Pope Benedict XVI
I am a link in a chainGod has created me to do him some definiteservice; he has committed some work to mewhich he has not committed to another.I have my mission - I may never know it inthis life, but I shall be told it in the next. I havea part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, abond of connection between persons. - Bl. John Henry Newman
Lent• Spring, repentance, regrowth.• Responding to the great love that Jesus showered on us.• Prayer, fasting, alms-giving.• Learning to say ‘no’ to your desires. Learning to trust in God. Getting closer to your brothers and sisters who are suffering.
Prayer• Spend 10 minutes talking with God – about your friends’ needs, about yourself, your family.• Read the New Testament for 3 minutes every night, to get to know Jesus better.• Wake up early and go for one weekday Mass each week.• Pray a decade of the Rosary every night.• Pray for a friend in need.• Pray for the Church.
Sacrifice• Give up something you like (chocolates, computer games, hand phone games)• At meals, serve yourself with a bit more of the food that you don’t like.• At meals, finish everything on your plate.• Do not listen to music for a portion of your study time
Service• Lend a listening ear to a friend.• Ask a friend how he/she is.• Do something to cheer up a friend who is stressed/unhappy.• Invite a friend to Mass.• Invite your family to pray together.• Volunteer at an old folks’ home (Gift of Love Home, for e.g.)• Save up some money and donate it to charity.