Through The Eastern Gate

By which gate did the Jesus enter Jerusalem?

The readings from Palm Sunday record the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

“As he went, they strewed the road with their garments; and when he drew near the descent of mount Olivet, the whole company of his disciples began rejoicing and praising God for all the miracles they had seen. Blessed is the king, they said, who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven, glory above.” (Luke 19:37-38)

The praises with which the crowd greets Jesus are from Psalm 118. They signify that the crowd recognizes him as the Messiah of whom the psalm is written. The account from the Gospel of John recognizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as fulfilling the words of Zechariah: Read more

Help Support the Immokalee Pregnancy Center

The Smooth Stone Foundation is sponsoring a table at the Eight Annual Banquet for the Immokalee Pregnancy Center.

The Immokalee Pregnancy Center offers free and confindential consultations and services for women facing a crisis pregnancy. Their services include:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Ultrasound exams
  • Peer counseling
  • Accurate information
  • Compassionate Care
  • Community referrals
  • Adoption support and referrals
  • Post-abortion counseling

The Immokalee Pregnancy Center does not provide or offer referrals for abortion or contraception. Read more

Restitution and Reparation

Are we obliged to repair damage unjustly done to the property of others?

“We are obliged to repair damage unjustly done to the property of others, or to pay the amount of the damage, as far as we are able.

If we have unknowingly, by purchase or gift, obtained possession of stolen property, we are bound to restore it to the rightful owner, as soon as we learn the truth.

“Justice requires reparation of the evil we do, in so far as we have ability to make that reparation.

“If one refuses to restore stolen property or to repair damage he has unjustly done to the property of others, he cannot be forgiven.

“A person who has accidentally damaged the property of another is not obliged to repair the damage unless required by civil law. Employees are bound to take reasonable care of the property of employers.” Read more

Fasting and Abstinence

The Second Precept of the Church requires Catholics “to fast and abstain on the days appointed.”

The season of Lent has begun, a great season of penance. The Catholic Church requires Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on various days throughout Lent.


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Ash Wednesday and Works of Mercy

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the great season of Lent.

It is good at this time to renew our efforts to corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

  1. To instruct the igorant
  2. To counsel the doubtful
  3. To admonish sinners
  4. To bear wrongs patiently
  5. To forgive offenses willingly
  6. To comfort the afflicted
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy are:

  1. To feed the hungry
  2. To give drink to the thirsty
  3. To clothe the naked
  4. To shelter the homeless
  5. To visit the sick
  6. To visit the imprisoned
  7. To bury the dead

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