The Life of Jesus Christ Our Savior
A Brief Presentation of the main events and incidents of the Life of our Savior, Jesus Christ – from His Birth through His Ascension according to the New Testament Gospel of the Holy Bible.
Christ – The Head of the Church
The Christian Church is a unique and dynamic force in the world. It holds, proclaims and spreads the teachings of Jesus Christ. This Church is not merely a monument which reminds us of a power from the past; it is a living power spreading the Gospel of Christ today all over the world. This mission of the Church is its unique and profound destiny. The Church of Christ bears the Truth which is to penetrate the minds and hearts of all peoples, enabling them to live in peace, and to hope in reality. This achievement is attained by the emulation, commission and mission of the Church of Christ, comprising the foundation of the Church in progress and action.
The purpose and destiny of the Church of Christ are explicit to its faithful, who have been bestowed with divine Grace to share in the mission as Disciples of Christ. The faithful one is a steward and ambassador of the Faith in Christ and of the Gospel of Christ, Who commissioned each and everyone, saying: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing . . . and teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ Himself; He is the Founder and its Head, ever-present in the Church; without Him this Church cannot exist, function and have its being. For Christ declared: "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28-20b).
The Christian has been entrusted with the Grace and Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has the privilege of being the vessel of the power of the Grace and the content of the Gospel. He has been sanctified as the temple of God, Whose Spirit dwells in the faithful (cf. 1 Corinthians 3-16). Almighty God has ordained the faithful to be His fellow workers, to be "laborers together with God" (1 Corinthians 2-9). This divine privilege of being a co-worker with God is a kind of restoration of fallen men. Therefore, the faith of the Christian should be made more steadfast in the manifestation of the Gospel of Christ and the realization of its principles and workings. The Christian should fulfill his responsibility as co-worker in the application of "faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5-6).
The Christian is a minister spreading the word of God in his environment and in his capacity, as the Lord gave to every man (cf. 1 Cor. 3-5), although his works are a means and not an end. He is called to plant and water the tree of faith and love, but it is "God that giveth the increase" (1 Cor. 3-7). Whatever the Christian may accomplish for the objectives of the Church, his effort is limited. His effort, both in its initiative and in its result, depends upon God's Grace and power, for, in the words of the Lord, "without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5b).
The mighty work of the Christian Church in every phase of man's progress is a result of God's power. The Church on earth is the human and visible entity of God, by which and through which the supernatural and invisible purpose is wrought. It is God's love and compassionate mercy to plan for the restoration and salvation of mankind; the Church became the divine workshop for the illumination of the steps of man, for which God underwent humiliation and sacrifice. For the accomplishment of this divine Plan: "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:17)
Jesus Christ's Earthly Life & Gospel
The life of Jesus Christ should be known by every Christian in order to substantiate his belief in and worship of Him. Although the sources of the life of Christ, aside from the Gospels, are limited, the Personality of Christ was depicted in the new interpretation of the law of the Old Testament's standard of belief in, worship of God. and service to neighbor. In the first century the believers in Christ organized themselves into local groups, and as a Christian Church nourished the words and commandments of Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Savior and Teacher of His new Gospel. This devotion of the believers was a reality and consequently, it was a part of history at the very first century of the Christian Era. Their activities were known to the contemporary historian, but these Christian activities were confused with the activities of the Jewish synagogue. As for the Gospels and other writings, now known as the New Testament, they are the products of that early Christian Church. Some members of the Church recorded segments of the life of Christ, what He said and what He did. In the true sense, this is not a biography of the Person of Jesus Christ. The sacred writers, especially of the Gospels, recorded only a few incidents of the life of Christ and quoted Him extensively, compiling words spoken by Jesus Christ and edited by the Evangelists.
The name Jesus is originally to be found in the Old Testament as Yehoshuah, which means salvation. From this Hebrew word derives the name Joshua, from which the Greek equivalent is lesous, as it was used in the New Testament. Transliteration to English is Jesus. This name Jesus was announced by the Angel of God to the Virgin Mary before Christ's birth at the Annunciation. St. Matthew has recorded the meaning of the name: "for he will save his people from their sins" (1:21). This interpretation of the name of Christ depicts His Personality and His Work. In order to avoid any confusion in the use of the name Jesus by others, the sacred writers used other identifying names together with the name Jesus: "Jesus of Nazareth" (Lk. 24:19), "Jesus Son of David" (Mk. 10:47), "the Prophet" (Mtt. 21:11), "Son of Joseph" (Lk. 4:22), "Son of Mary" (Mk. 6:3) and "Carpenter's Son" (Mtt. 13:55). Also, the name Christ from the Greek Christos, means the anointed, which in turn means Messiah, the Savior, a name frequently used with the name Jesus.
In the Old Testament, the birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied in detail, pertaining to His nature and purpose. Therefore the sacred writers of the New Testament have referred to those prophecies pertaining to His life. All, both in the Old Testament and in the New, refer to the Person of Jesus Christ Whose mighty work was the salvation of man — the main mission of Christ. The first written documents of the Christian Era are the writings of Apostle Paul. He presented the substance of the origin and destiny of Jesus Christ. His epistles to the churches in Galatia were a declaration of God's Will for man's salvation: "when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons" (Gal. 4:4-5). This is the essence of God's Will and the purpose of Jesus Christ's Mission and Message on earth. Apostle Paul's observations presuppose the knowledge of the historical life and events of Jesus Christ, and provide a theological perspective of the Person and Works of Christ as a defense against heretical views.
The traditional time of the birth of Christ is not given accurately. It is related to the proclamation of Emperor Augustus, who ordered a general census to be taken. At that time, Christ was born in Bethlehem, where His mother and Joseph went to register in the city of their birth. The Virgin Mary, Theotokos, was protected by divine Providence and the guardianship of Joseph, a noble man who miraculously was informed of the virgin birth and destiny of the Child Jesus. Joseph was commissioned a noble and gentle mission, to be the protector of both Mary and her Son, Who was conceived and born by the Holy Spirit and of a virgin, Theotokos.
The time of the birth of Christ was calculated by an abbot, Dionysius Exiguus, in the 6th century; he wanted to establish the date as the beginning of the Christian calendar. He placed it in the 753rd year after the founding of Rome. From that time most of the world has followed this calendar, although it is now a fact that this abbot miscalculated. King Herod died 751 years after the founding of Rome. Since he died after Christ's birth, the abbot miscalculated by at least three or four years. Nevertheless, Western history up to now has been dated according to this mistaken calendar (cf. Mtt. 2:19-22; cf. Josephous, Antiquities, etc.).
The date, December 25, also is not the actual date. During the 4th century the celebration of the birth of Christ was transferred from January 6 to December 25, probably to replace the pagan celebration of the Sun that took place on this date. The first three Evangelists give the impression that Jesus Christ, after His Baptism at the age of 30, lived only one more year. But John the Evangelist has recorded that Jesus Christ witnessed three Passovers from the time of His Baptism. This need not mean that Christ lived the full three years after His Baptism, but could have been the latter part of the first year and the beginning of the third year.
The place and time of the birth of Jesus Christ proves that He lived on earth and is not the imaginary figure heresies have imagined. The birth of Christ occupies the golden page in the annals of history.
Some Events of the Life of Christ - Recorded
The Evangelists record but a few incidents of the youth of Christ, for they focused their attention on the main Mission of Jesus Christ — His Redemptive Ministry. The miraculous birth of Jesus Christ is described by the Evangelist Luke (cf. 1:57-79; and ch. 2). Christ's birth was hailed by the angels, witnessed by the shepherds and visited by the wise men from the East in the humble dwelling place. There Jesus' mother and the noble Joseph realized the significance of what the Angel of God announced to the Virgin Mary, Theotokos, regarding the nature and destiny of the Messiah. Jesus' mother: "Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart" (Lk. 2:19; cf. Lk. 2:51b). The Prince of Peace was born. The few incidents which are recorded include the circumcision of the Christ Child eight days after His birth. At this time the name given the Child was that spoken by the angel at the time of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (cf. Lk. 2:21). Also, according to the Jewish custom, the Virgin Mary, Theotokos, presented the Christ Child to the Lord in the temple on the 40th day after His birth (cf. Luke 2:22f). At this time in the temple a just and devout man, Simeon, was awaiting the consolation of Israel. The Holy Ghost was upon him, and revealed to him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Upon seeing the Christ Child, Simeon took Him in his arms and declared that he had now seen "thy salvation" and prophesied that He would be "a sign which shall be spoken against" (cf. Luke 2:25-34). Anna the prophetess also praised the Lord upon seeing the Christ Child (cf. Luke 2:38).
When King Herod learned of this birth, a dreadful event took place. He ordered the slaughter of all male children two years old and under, in order to be assured that the prophesied Messiah also would be killed. But Joseph and Mary and* the Christ Child left for Egypt and escaped this massacre, through the warning given to Joseph by an angel. It is not known when the holy family returned. But when they had returned, they again were warned not to remain in Bethlehem, because of the cruelty of Herod's son, Archelaus. They fled this time to Nazareth of Galilee out of the reach of Archelaus.
The same Evangelist Luke recorded that Jesus Christ: "grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him" (Luke 2:40). St. Luke recorded the visitation of Jesus to the temple at the age of 12, when He Himself prophesied His Mission and destiny (cf. Luke 2:41-51).
The lack of information on this period does not, however, prevent a clear portrait of the life of Christ on earth. The significance of this period is that "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2:52).
THE BEGINNING OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY
The Providence of God prepared the way for the Mission of Jesus Christ through many events, both human and divine in character. Such a divine event was heralded by the Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist, who preached around the country of the coming of the Messiah, admonishing people to repent their sins and be baptized in the baptism of repentance (cf. Luke 3:3f). John the Baptist, the last Prophet who linked the promise of the Old Testament with the fulfillment of the New, was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He recognized Christ as Jesus approached him to be baptized. When he saw the Messiah, he said: "I have need to be baptized of thee, and cometh thou to me?" (Mtt. 3:14) But Christ answered that it was necessary for him "to fulfill all righteousness" (Mtt. 3:14). The baptism of Christ signaled the beginning of His public life. At that moment, John witnessed the heavens opening, and the Holy Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, descending and remaining on Christ, and a voice from above proclaiming: "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased" (Mtt. 3:17; cf. John 1:33-34).
After His Baptism, the Lord retreated into a solitary environment for meditation. There the tempter tried for 40 days to tempt Him as he had Adam and has tempted all peoples since. The Evangelist Matthew (cf. 4:1-11) and Luke (cf. 4:1-13) refer to what the tempter tried to achieve, but record that there was not the slightest possibility that Christ could be tempted. His temptation served as a lesson for His followers that a preparation of the body and the soul is needed by all who would undertake spiritual responsibilities.
Before the proclamation of Christ's ministry, He selected His disciples (cf. John 1:35-42) in order to train them in faith and morals so that they would be prepared to transmit the teaching of Christ to the generations to come. This act of selecting disciples for His redemptive work was to be imitated by leaders of the Church.
The province of Galilee and the city of Capernaum on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee was destined to be the center of Jesus Christ's Mission. It was in Galilee that He spent His life up to His baptism, in the city of Nazareth; and again it was in Cana of Galilee where He miraculously changed the water into wine as His first mighty work, signifying His divine Personality (cf. John 2:1-11). Christ's last miracle, the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, occurred during the Mystic Supper, when He offered His disciples the Cup of wine. He said: "this is my blood", proclaiming the miraculous change of the wine into His very Blood, a miracle perpetuated by the Church through its re-enactment during the Divine Liturgy.
During the first Passover after His baptism, Christ ascended to Jerusalem and appeared to the people as more than a prophet. Seeing the profane use of the temple, He drove out the merchants and money-changers saying to them: "take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise" (John 2:16), which is reminiscent of the incident in the same temple 18 years before when, as a Child, He told His parents that He was in His Father's House (cf. Luke 2:41-50).
The act of driving out the money-changers was not only an act against the misuse of the temple, but also a sign of authority received from above, a symbol of His divine nature. It was a challenge even to His newly-selected disciples who remembered the Psalmist (69:6) saying: "the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up", and also a challenge to the Jews, who questioned the power and authority of Christ to make this kind of reformation, asking Him: "what sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?" (John 2:18). Jesus answered this question by telling them to destroy the temple, and that, in three days, He would raise it up again (cf. John 2:19). This was the beginning of Christ's preaching; it marked the sovereignty of Christ as a result of the self-knowledge of His authority and His interpretation and application of the Law of the Old. His answers hinted that His mission would end on the Cross, and signified His Resurrection after three days.
On His way to Galilee, Christ stopped at Samaria at the well of Jacob of Old, where He met the Samaritan woman (cf. John 4:4-42). He admonished that woman, and, through her all Christians, that from Him comes the spiritual spring water that wells up to eternal life. Christ also revealed the characteristics of a true worshipper, admonishing the people to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for: "God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). This pronouncement of Christ is the very foundation of the renewal of faith in God.
CHRIST LAYS FOUNDATION FOR SPIRITUAL KINGDOM
Jesus Christ returned to the province of Galilee and laid the foundation of the future spiritual Kingdom of God on which He taught the principles of the true religion. Christ portrayed Himself as the authoritative Exponent of this religion. Christ also performed miracles of great significance to prove His divine nature. He proclaimed: "that Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19; cf. Is. 61:1-2).
Another incident in the life of Christ, which deepened the conflict between the rulers, rabbis, and Jews was His new interpretation of the meaning of the observance of the Sabbath. It was on the Sabbath that Christ healed a man who was ill for 38 years. The Lord told him to rise, and at once the man was healed, took up his pallet and walked (cf. John 5:8-9). The controversy between Christ and the Jewish leaders on the question of the Sabbath, the day of rest, was a pretext for Jesus Christ to shake the dull, monolithic and stagnant interpretation of the letter into the new life of the spirit of the Scriptures. This attitude of Jesus Christ was explained more explicitly to His disciples and others as He went about Galilee.
Jesus Christ went about Galilee, teaching, preaching and healing, and His fame spread throughout the land. Great multitudes of people followed Him from far and near (cf. Mtt. 5:23f). Christ, seeing the great throng of people, went up on a hill by the Sea of Galilee and taught them The Sermon on the Mount (cf. Mtt. chapters. 5,6,7). This Sermon is considered a spiritual code for the "newness of life"; it is taken as such not only by Christians but by non-Christians as well.
It was during His last months on earth that Christ started to prepare His disciples for His forthcoming death. Christ for the first time visited a Gentile territory on the east side of the Sea of Galilee in the region of Decapolis, where He taught and preached. Then He finally returned to Capernaum. It was the first time that Christ confessed fully His Messiahship. Shortly afterwards His Transfiguration became manifest in the presence of three of His Apostles, who beheld His glory. Christ instructed and trained His disciples to continue to spread His Mission, and to serve It in humility, self-sacrifice and love (cf. Mtt. ch. 18). Christ left Capernaum for the last time and "steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51b). During this journey Christ taught in parables, which are the carriers of His divine teaching of the Truths of Redemption. They were intended to proclaim the Kingdom of God for the salvation of man.
Last Events in the Life of Jesus Christ
The sacred Evangelists wrote the Gospels against the background of the events of the last days of Christ, during which His mighty work was wrought. Therefore, the Evangelists recorded more explicitly (although not in full) the last six days of the life of Christ, from His Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem to His Appearances after the Resurrection. It is impossible for the mortal mind to understand the mystery of the death of Christ; nevertheless, it is enlightening to follow the events which took place during the last moments of the Lord, as the Evangelists recorded them. Six days before the great feast of the Jewish Passover, Christ arrived at Bethany, approximately two miles southeast of Jerusalem, after His exhausting journeys, and stopped over at the home of Lazarus, His friend, and his two sisters.
The next day, the first day of the week, Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem on an ass' colt, presenting Himself publicly as the Messiah, as it was prophesied in Zechariah (9:9). The great multitude that had gathered in Jerusalem upon hearing of the coming of Christ greeted Him with great rejoicing and with branches of palms laid in His path, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" (John 12:13). Christ's arrival signified the peaceful spiritual countenance of His Kingdom.
It seems that the following day, Monday, Christ again returned to Jerusalem and symbolically cursed the barren fig tree to signify the stagnant worship and teaching of the Jewish synagogue. The same day Christ cleansed the temple of the merchants, as He had done three years before; it was again a sign for Israel to follow Him for purification.
The next day, Tuesday, Christ returned to the temple, where the representatives from the Sanhedrin, the council of the archpriest, challenged Him, asking by what authority He had acted. Christ did not answer them directly, knowing that they were planning to destroy Him.
On Wednesday it seems that Christ remained in Bethany the entire day. He went to the house of Simon, who was known as a leper, and there a woman who had repented of her sins brought "an alabaster box of precious ointment" (Mtt. 26:7), and she "poured it on his head as he sat at meat" (Mtt. 26:7b). This was a pious act depicting the reverence and sincerity in which the visitors were honored.
On Thursday, the fourth day after His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, Christ took His 12 disciples to a house in the upper city of Jerusalem to the Upper Room in the house on Mount Zion, for the Mystic Supper. Christ ordered that a place be found in order to prepare for the Passover, although He did not eat it (the Passover) the next day. This Thursday evening, preceding the official beginning of the Passover evening, was to be spent in meditation and re-evaluation of the sacred group of the disciples. This new testament of love, the Mystic Supper, was not written as a list of duties and virtues, but it was created by Christ saying, in "my blood", in the Sacrifice of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Inasmuch as love personified was the cause of salvation, sacrifice is the other side of the same coin.
After an inspiring prayer, Jesus and His disciples left the Upper Room and passed through the valley of Cedron and arrived at the Garden of Gesthemane at the foot of Mount Olives. Christ left His disciples and proceeded a few steps further to pray alone. It was a Prayer of Agony in expectation of the dreadful events that were to take place; His betrayal and mockery and the chain of events that were to follow.
At dawn, the next day, Friday, Christ was taken to the Sanhedrin, the Council, where the official trial was held. The unjust trial of Christ was a mockery which resulted in a verdict of guilty and sentence of death.
The Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross said: "it is finished” (John 19:30); His Mission, His kenosis, His humiliation were finished. However, it was also the start, the commencement, of the fulfillment of His Mission.
Later, Joseph of Arimathea received permission from Pilate to unnail the Body of Christ. He wrapped Christ's body, and with Nicodemus laid His body in a new tomb carved out of a rock in a garden (cf. John 19:38-41).
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact which took place in a certain time and place and which was witnessed by many, friend and foe alike. The period of three days from the time of burial to His Resurrection is not to be considered as full days (72 hours), but rather a part of the first day, the second full day, and part of the third day.
After His Resurrection, Christ appeared many times: to Mary Magdalene, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and to the disciples who were in Galilee (cf. John 21:1-14). When Christ appeared to the disciples at the Sea of Galilee, they recognized Him and cried out: "It is the Lord". It was at that time that Christ said to Peter, "Feed my lambs" (John 21:15).
The Ascension of Jesus Christ took place 40 days after His Resurrection. The Apostles for 40 days after the Resurrection saw Christ, heard His voice, touched His wounds and gave Him food to eat. Still they were troubled, and questions arose in their hearts (cf. Luke 24:38). Christ assured them that everything written about Himself must be fulfilled (v. 44) and that they would be the witnesses to these things. "You shall be my witnesses ... to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The Lord departed from the earth, but He was not separated from His Church. Christ is for ever the Founder and the Head of the Church which is His Sacred Body. He left His Disciples and Apostles as ambassadors of the world and the generations to come. Christ left with them the credentials of His Gospel and the Holy Spirit so that they will have the authority and the power to establish and expand the Word of God and its mighty work of salvation. The faithful believe that the Lord ascended into glory but "in no wise being parted from those that love Thee, but Thou didst remain with them inseparably".
"GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH . . ."
Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Mtt. 28:19-20). The Risen Christ "opened He their (apostles) understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45), and instructed them to remain in the city "until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). Christ led His Apostles to Bethany, and "while He blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy" (Luke 24:51-52).
The life of Jesus Christ and the knowledge of the incidents and events which took place, as they are recorded in the Scriptures, are manifest in the belief and faith in Him as the Creator of the world and the Redeemer of man. In this same belief the faithful should accept the Person of Jesus Christ, His Deeds and His Words in the light of the basic faith and conviction that this story, ever told, is the life of the God-man. It is a great, divine mystery which embodies these sacred events, and can be accepted only in faith and prayer. Christ's admonitions and teachings along with His Deeds, manner of life and His Person as the Savior are enthroned in His believers, who constitute the Church of Christ. This Church is a part of the Kingdom of Heaven, into which Jesus Christ at the very beginning of His life on earth called men to enter. This is the glory of Jesus Christ, that His life is ever present not as a narration of the past, but as a living present power, which in turn strengthens His Church as the Pillar and Bulwark of the Truth, the Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ, Who is the self-Truth as He Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
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What we post as related to those things similar to various articles which might have a political theme or non-Orthodox Catholic Christian content, of sorts, does not mean or imply that we are supportive of, or against something articulated in an article, so much as it is NEWS and our faithful should be made aware, for such may be the very thing that will impact their day-to-day life.
Remember, not all Protestants, especially hard core cultic groups such as "Charismatic" - "Evangelical" and other people are not so generous in their viciousness toward anyone and anything that appears "Catholic" whether of the Roman or Orthodox jurisdictions, for they do not know or want to learn that which makes them "different" in their walk and talk as being far from the roots of Christianity.
Remember, it is the Roman jurisdiction which has more outwardly shown that it can be one of the most vicious toward those who are not Roman but are very much "Catholic" - for the sun and moon does not rise and set on the Vatican (Latin or Roman) jurisdiction as to who is or is not "Catholic" for the Roman jurisdiction split (schismed) from the roots of "Catholicism" which is founded in what is termed and called today as "Orthodoxy".
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+Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.
“I prefer a defeat accompanied by humility to a victory accompanied by pride.”
A Curse or a Blessing? Depending on to whom it may...
Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist, Jesus the Christ. The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...
The workings of Holy Spirit will not be daunted by those who attempt to cause disruption! It is for these and other reasons that you are urged to read what true repentance and forgiveness means for real "Christians".
"It would be better to have ten (10) true repentant X-felons who ask for and give true forgiveness than it would be to have one (1) non-x-felon or common person whose self-righteousness exceeds even the Pharisees, Sadducees, the gossip mongers, slanderers and un-repentant; for the repentant x-felon understands the true meaning of the Church's purpose as being the spiritual hospital." (siq) +Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D., Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate
Yes... "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater..." (1992-Fr. Alan Stanford)
One can ask, "What part of 'Prejudice' and 'hate' do you not understand? Are you a complacent person? In light of the saying, examine yourself! You may be surprised if you are honest with yourself for your soul may convict you before Jesus Christ convicts you in the times to come!
tested by some trial you should try to find out not why or through whom it came,
but only how to endure it gratefully, without distress or rancor."
St. Mark the Ascetic.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit." Psalms 32:1-2
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