XI: Jesus is nailed to the Cross

John the Beloved watches as the body of Christ is elevated on the Cross. He remembers the words of the Master as He elevated the unleavened bread: “This is my body… do this in memory of me.” The Supreme Teacher does not want us to forget that love is self-offering, and so the meal He asks us to share, again and again until the end of time, takes the very shape of His sacrifice.

Christ’s blood reveals to man that his greatness, and therefore his vocation, consists in the sincere gift of self. Precisely because it is poured out as the gift of life, the blood of Christ is no longer a sign of death, of definitive separation from the brethren, but the instrument of a communion which is richness of life for all. Whoever in the Sacrament of the Eucharist drinks this blood and abides in Jesus is drawn into the dynamism of his love and gift of life, in order to bring to its fullness the original vocation to love which belongs to everyone…. It is from the blood of Christ that all draw the strength to commit themselves to promoting life. It is precisely this blood that is the most powerful source of hope, indeed it is the foundation of the absolute certitude that in God’s plan life will be victorious.

Saint Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life

creating a Catholic streaming directory

TV_Guide_LogoWith so many people in quarantine, no public Masses, etc, initiatives to livestream events such as the Mass, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, etc. are popping up everywhere.

It occurred to me that it might be helpful to consolidate some of the relevant links and order them by hour, kind of like an online TV guide, so people can find the resources in one place at any time of day.

I haven’t exactly worked out what the user interface will be, but I will make it in a format that is mobile-friendly and doesn’t require logging in to a service like Facebook.

In this effort, I could use your help. If you have any suggestions, please add them in the comments box. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

NOTE: I don’t plan on creating an exhaustive directory of every parish that’s live-streaming the Mass. I think there are dozens… if not hundreds… of parishes doing this for their congregations. If you’re looking for your own parish’s streaming events, I recommend you start by visiting the website for your parish.

UPDATE (3/19/2020): There is now a plenary indulgence that can be obtained by participating in these streaming prayer events, under the usual conditions. Click here for details.

Daily Mass

8:15 am Eastern Time

Bishop Robert Barron writes:
Friends, in an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, when many parishes have closed due to restrictions around the coronavirus, we invite you to join us online for daily Mass from my chapel. The celebrant will either be myself or Fr. Steve Grunow, the CEO at Word on Fire. You can find all the videos at
https://wordonfire.org/daily-mass

Rosary

Join Rosary Army soldiers around the world in praying the Rosary for your personal intentions, as well as for healing, peace, and an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  https://twitter.com/rosaryarmy

 

Catholic life in the age of coronavirus

img_0070Now that public Masses (that is, Masses with the lay faithful in attendance) have been cancelled throughout the United States, it’s a good time to think through the wisdom of this decision. Here is an article that may help: Why Cancelling Public Masses is the Right Spiritual Decision for the Faithful

… The crucial difference between the martyrs and the laity in the time of the coronavirus is this: we are not facing a decision to sacrifice ourselves; we are facing a decision which affects others. A single person may sacrifice themselves for the sake of a friend. They do not sacrifice their loved ones whom they are charged to defend, especially the weak under their protection.

Of course, I am not an epidemiologist, but the average layman has access to enough basic details about this virus to make a sound moral analysis. Consider what we know: this virus is highly fatal to the weakest among us; many experience only mild symptoms or may even be asymptomatic. This creates a perfect storm for accidental transmission of the virus, especially from the relatively young and healthy to the relatively elderly and/or sick. No one can be completely sure that they will not pass the virus on to others. In fact, right now it appears that very many will get sick and most (or at least a significant number of) transmissions may indeed happen without the transmitter even being aware that they are sick.

It seems to me that the decision of our bishops to cancel public Masses needs to be seen particularly within this context. They are decidedly not choosing a lower good over a higher good, i.e. preserving a particular set of individuals’ bodily health over their spiritual health. Rather, the bishops are helping us care for the vulnerable whose lives are ours to protect.

Sister Miriam of the Lamb (Rosalind Moss) on the Eucharist and the Mass

On Saturday, January 12, 2008, Rosalind Moss (now Mother Miriam, OSB), spoke to the participants of the RCIA Hollywood program. She shared about her journey as a Jewish woman into the Catholic faith, and, in particular, about her discovery about the meaning of the Mass and the Eucharist.

Teaser:

“I’m Jewish. And I’m Catholic, because I believe that Jesus Christ… is the Jewish Messiah; in fact, he’s God. And He came to earth, and He died for our sins, and He rose to give us life, and He established a church, and it’s the Catholic Church, so I’m in it. And so the most Jewish thing a person can do is to be Catholic.”