A letter to ex-Pope Benedict XVI (+ video)

7 April 2018

Let me interpret the following letter written by the Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate who has at heart restoration of the Church.

Quote:

Dear ex-Pope Benedict,

the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate addresses You with a request the purpose of which is restoration of the Church. It concerns primarily the issue of Vatican Council II and its fruits that we are reaping today. In Your interview with Messori 19 years after the Council, You presented some critical views of the Council and the post-conciliar spirit.

A V4 keresztények bünbánattartása Pünkösd előtt (in Hungarian)

Köszönet mindazoknak, akik  Csehországban és Szlovákián, Húsvét hétfőn őrt álltak,tereken zászlót tartva kezükben, ezzekkel a feliratokkal: Állj, gyermekrablásnak! (Isztambul); Állj, iszlamizációnak! (Dublin IV); S.O.S.: Jézus, ments meg minket!

5 parts of Celebration of Sunday. Part V / Emmaus

 

Fifth hour

 

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a) Introduction – Emmaus

What feelings and thoughts filled the hearts of the disciples when they left Jerusalem and on the road to Emmaus were joined by Jesus, whom, however, they did not recognize? Jesus first asked them: “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him: “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He asked: “What things?” So they said to Him: “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death… But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” Then the disciples told Him about the women having seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. And Jesus said to them: “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Their hearts burnt within them while He opened the Scriptures to them. Short after, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him in the breaking of bread, but He vanished from their sight.

Repentance of the Christians of the V4 countries before Pentecost

Thanks are due to all who kept watches in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Easter Monday. To them who stood on the squares with placards: Stop to the stealing of children! (Istanbul) , Stop to Islamization! (Dublin IV) , SOS: Jesus, save us!

Pokuta chrześcijan krajów V4 przed Zesłaniem Ducha Świętego

Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy w Czechach i na Słowacji w Poniedziałek Wielkanocny stali na warcie. Stali na placach z transparentami: Stop kradzież dzieci! (Stambuł) , Stop islamizacje! (Dublin IV) , S.O.S.: Jezu, ratuj nas!

The Mother of Jesus – the testament from the cross

What is the relation of our Patriarchate to the Mother of Jesus?

Fully biblical, in line with the whole Church’s tradition. Jesus is true God and Mary is the Mother of God – Birth-giver of God – Theotokos. It was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431. She well deserves special honour from everyone who has received Jesus, as stated in the Scripture: “All generations will call me blessed.” (Lk 1:48)

A critical view of the papacy

The purpose of a critical view of the papacy is not its elimination, as attempted by some cardinals or liberal theologians. The purpose is its purification.

How did the Apostle Peter and his successors understand the papacy in the first three centuries? In the first place in such way that they themselves, dying a martyr’s death, witnessed to Christ. Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and, being God, rose again from the dead historically and really. There is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12).

Resurrection of Christ

 

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a)     Introduction –Resurrection of Christ (5 minutes)

In spirit we can see the stone tomb on Golgotha. During Saturday night it is guarded by the Roman soldiers. The chief priests and Pharisees said to Pilate about the dead Jesus: “While He was still alive, He said: ‘After three days I will rise!’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure.” (Mt 27:63-65)

The night is silent. What happens in the spiritual sphere? After Jesus’ death His spirit descended from the Father’s hands into the place called Sheol, or Hades (Hell). In this place He broke the rule of the angel who held in captivity the spirits of the dead. The Apostles’ Creed says: Christ “descended into Hell” (Sheol). Thereafter He ascended from the world of Sheol into this temporal world. In that moment His body too, which thus far had been lying in the tomb, was raised and changed. This changed body passed through the stone tomb because it was no longer subject to physical laws.

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Word of Life

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.”

Gal 3:13a (22/4/2018 – 6/5/2018)