Palm Sunday is here. Passion Week now commences. Easter Sunday is but a week away. Concentrate on those things that matter. Ignore those things that do not matter.~

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      Pope Francis, background center, walks in procession as he celebrates a Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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      Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims joined Pope Francis in the solemn Palm Sunday service. The Pontiff used a pastoral staff made of wood carved by Italian prison inmates, who donated it to him.
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      The Catholic faithful wave their palm branches while participating in a Palm Sunday procession in Manila April 1, 2012. (Reuters).

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      A priest, wheeled on a makeshift cart, sprinkles holy water as the Catholic faithful wave their palm branches while participating in a Palm Sunday procession in Manila April 1, 2012. (Reuters).

      Churchgoers wave their woven palms in front of a crucifix during Palm Sunday mass in Manila April 1,2012. Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week which is marked throughout the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country.  (Reuters.)

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      Churchgoers, with their woven palms, touch the glass where a baby Jesus doll, called Sto. Nino, is encased during a Palm Sunday mass in Manila April 1, 2012. Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week which is marked throughout the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country. (Reuters),

      Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Reuters).

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      Cardinals arrive to attend the Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Reuters).

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      Pope Francis Ignores Prepared Homily In Palm Sunday Speech

       VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for “selfies” with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

      In his homily, Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

      “Has my life fallen asleep?” Francis asked after listening to a Gospel account of how Jesus’ disciples fell asleep shortly before he was betrayed by Judas before his crucifixion.

      “Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

      He sounded tired, frequently pausing to catch his breath, as he spoke for about 15 minutes in his homily during Palm Sunday Mass, which solemnly opens Holy Week for the Roman Catholic Church.

      “Where is my heart?” the pope asked, pinpointing that as the “question which accompanies us” throughout Holy Week.

      Francis seemed to regain his wind after the 2 ½ hour ceremony. He shed his red vestments atop his plain white cassock, chatted amiably with cardinals dressed more formally than he at that point. Then he posed for “selfies” with young people from Rio de Janeiro who had carried a large cross in the square.

      He had barely climbed aboard his open-topped popemobile when he spotted Polish youths. They, too, were clamoring for a “selfie” with a pope, and he hopped off, not even waiting for the vehicle to fully stop, to oblige them. In another moment in the pope’s long tour of the square, the Vatican’s security chief poured herbal mate tea from a thermos, thrust toward the pontiff by someone in the crowd, into a mate cup, also held out by an admirer, and passed the cup to Francis for a sip.

      In a crowd of around 100,000 Romans, tourists and pilgrims, people clutched olive tree branches, tall palm fronds or tiny braided palm leaves shaped like crosses that were blessed by Francis at the start of the ceremony.

      Francis used a wooden pastoral staff carved by Italian prison inmates, who donated it to him. The pope wants to put people on the margins of life at the center of the church’s attention.

      Francis wore red vestments, symbolizing blood shed by the crucified Jesus.

      Holy Week culminates next Sunday with Easter Mass, also in St. Peter’s Square. Many faithful will remain in Rome, while others will pour into the city for the April 27 canonization of two popes, John Paul II and John XXIII. Francis noted that John Paul’s long-time aide, now Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, had come to Rome.

      Francis noted he’ll be making a pilgrimage to South Korea this summer, with the key event being an Asian youth gathering on Aug. 15 in Daejeon.

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        ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
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        ~~La crema y nata~~ ~ ~~Artista de la conquista~
         
         
         
        ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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        Non Sibi~~
         
        Finis Origine Pendet~
          ~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~
        Rejoice and Glad!!
        Amen~~

         

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Again a little while, I am not with you, again a little while I will return to you~I have gone to My Father’s House to prepare a place for you~

 

Little Angels with dirty faces
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Jesus has left us for 40 days to pray, to fast and to resist temptation in the desert
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Today, Ash Wednesday, serves as a reminder to man that
 
Thou art as dust and into dust you shall rather soon return
 
Surely so, Man comes into this world with nothing
 
Surely more so, Man will shortly leave this world, taking nothing with him
 
The Ashes of Wednesday call to mind the transitory nature of man’s life
 
Man is admonished, these 40 days to pray, to reflect and to give of ourselves to the poor ones who are most precious to Jesus
 
Give something up, give something away
 
Share a smile, some food, some conversation, a bit of money, a bit of solace, with your brothers
 
After 40 days with Jesus in the desert, we will be prepared to be good witnesses to His Passion, and his dreadful Death upon the cross for us
 
Easter Sunday morning He will rise again, having insured
 
The possibility of Eternal Life with Him forever in Heaven. 
 
Go about these days of exile with a smile always for our fellow children of God~~
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    ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
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    ~~La crema y nata~~

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    ~~Artista de la conquista~

     

     
     
    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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    Finis Origine Pendet~
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    Rejoice and Glad!!

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Quadragesima~The Americans say they thirst so for the kingdom of liberty but they don’t want God in it~that desire is unjust~

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“It is indeed interesting that our Lord never praised those who sought freedom apart from justice. Never did He say: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after freedom,” but “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after justices,” and “Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Let us, then in the name of God, stop talking about freedom until we decide why we want to be free; let us, when the world has gone mad with freedom alienated from the law of God, unfurl the flag of justice – then we shall be free: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His justice and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

~ Fulton J. Sheen, A Declaration of Dependence, 1941, page 52.~~

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Bishop Sheen is most kind to remind the Americans this Church Sunday morning, at our Lenten time, ours and His Quadragesima, that a thirst for justice, must appropriately, precede, guide and define our concentration on securing freedom~

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The Americans say they want the kingdom of liberty but they don’t want God in it~which is unjust~~

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Johnny Cash sang a wonderful song~The Wanderer~part of which goes~”I stopped outside a church house where the citizens like to sit~they say they want the Kingdom~but they don’t want God in it.”~~

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America today suffers a dreadful catharsis~The Americans are terribly sad, lonely, skittish and afraid~everyone knows it~we try to ignore~but it follows us everywhere~

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We too want the Kingdom but we don’t want God in it~

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Today a friend sent a note from Bishop Sheen which, as Bishop’s works ever do~remains very poignant this very morning~despite having been penned now 80 years on~~

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Bishop asks~~and adroitly answers this question~

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Is There Hope in A Perilous World?”

“We are living in perilous times when the hearts and souls of men are sorely tried. Never before has the future been so utterly unpredictable; we are not so much in a period of transition with belief in progress to push us on, rather we seem to be entering the realm of the unknown, joylessly, disillusioned, and without hope. The whole world seems to be in a state of spiritual widowhood, possessed of the harrowing devastation of one who set out on life’s course joyously in intimate comradeship with another, and then is bereft of that companion forever. … God came. And He came to set men and their world right with God – not only their hearts and their souls, but their businesses, their secular affairs, their governments, and their all. How did He do it? God solved the social, political, and economic problems of the world not by enunciating a new economic system; nor by instructing man in the ways of supply and demand; nor by a great piece of research which revealed the many aspects of their problem; nor even by giving to the world a formula for finances, trade agreements, armaments, slavery, imperialism, or war. He saved it from its ills by being born as a Babe in the insignificant village of Bethlehem.”~~

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Citation~~FULTON J. SHEEN, THE PRODIGAL WORLD, THE REBIRTH OF A WORLD, 1935. [THE FULTON SHEEN GUY]~~

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~~Our reflection for today, brethren is just this and no more~~

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Liberty absent Justice is

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Neither free~~

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Nor just~~

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  • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~
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    ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
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    ~~La crema y nata~~

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    ~~Artista de la conquista~

     

     
     
    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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    Finis Origine Pendet~
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    Rejoice and Glad!!

    Amen~~

     

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