April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

Scripture Matthew 26:14, 20-25


One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

When it was evening, Jesus took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”


Even if Judas hadn’t aided those seeking Jesus’s end, the Crucifixion would still have happened: “The Son of Man goes as it is written of him.” But in doing so, Judas caused Jesus the emotional suffering of betrayal by a loved one. Such pain may seem trivial compared to the physical tortures to come, but it is a deep and very human suffering. And surely it compounded the desolation of the Passion.

As a truly human person, Jesus experienced every human emotion. But taking them on, he redeemed them as well as everything else that makes us human. When we turn to the Lord in our own suffering, we find One who knows all our pain and all our joy.

—The Way of Faith, Keeping Lent, Triduum, and Easter Time

Liturgy Training Publications

Sister Marie Paule Willem, FMMSister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM, from the Diocese of Las Cruces, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award!


You can help support Sister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this email with others in your diocese and encourage them to vote for Sister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM too!


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Now in its 37th year, the Lumen Christi Award is presented to a woman religious, priest, lay person or group whose service builds faith, inspires hope and ignites change. Both the nominating diocese AND recipient of the Lumen Christi Award will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $50,000 to fund their ministries.


Catholic Extension received nearly 40 nominations for this year’s Lumen Christi Award. Each nominee has worked tirelessly in their community, shining the light of Christ as they put their faith into action. Your vote for Sister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM also helps share the light of Christ by letting Catholics across America know about the good news going on in your diocese.


Please forward this email and encourage everyone in your diocese to vote now. Good luck!

Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

On July 5, 2013, the day that his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), was released, Pope Francis approved the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. After signing decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, he immediately called for a consistory of cardinals to set the date and make plans for the ceremonies. Pope Francis announced the final decision on September 30, 2013, explaining that both late popes would be declared saints at a single ceremony on April 27, 2014. The date is significant as it is Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration instituted by Pope John Paul II. MORE...


EWTN is celebrating with series and specials commemorating the lives of these extraordinary men. MORE...


Looking for Small Group Suggestions for the Lenten Season and Beyond?


This list, put together by members of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities, will be a helpful aid for you parish or group. Many selections are available in Spanish too. Don't wait long - Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014!


"Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent" Ave Maria Press


"Lenten Longings"  by Renew International. Available in Spanish: "Reflexiones en Cuaresma-Año A paquete para la pequeña comunidad"


"Longing for the Holy" Spirituality for Everyday Life" by Renew International. Available in Spanish: "Sedientos de Dios"


"Living the Eucharist" A newsletter by Paulist Press


"Quest- Small Christian Communities" by Quest. Also available in Spanish


"Discovering Christ - Following Christ - Sharing Christ" A 3-part Bible Study by Christ Life Ministries


"Good News People" - A dynamic small group study that the awakens the call to discipleship. By Just Faith Ministries


"Disciples on the Journey - 2014" by Disciples on the the Journey


"Prayer Time" - Cycles A, B, or C by Renew International


"Exploring the Sunday Readings" by Exploring the Sunday Readings. Available in Spanish.


"Oremus: Let Us Pray" by Ascension Press



Especially For Women:


"Walking with Purpose" by Walking with Purpose

Special Report Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ year of “firsts”

One year ago, on March 13, 2013, Proto Deacon Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauren stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to inform the world that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, had become the first Pope Francis. It was the beginning of a remarkable year of “firsts.”


First “firsts”

Pope Francis’ election marked the first time in 100 years the conclave had arrived at a consensus on only the fifth ballot. In addition to the selection of the papal name of Francis, the reigning pontiff was the first non-European pope in modern times, the first South American pope and the first Jesuit pope.



On Choosing “Francis”

Pope Francis wasted little time in explaining why he had chosen the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The pope indicated to journalists just three days after his election that the inspiration had come to him after the Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes had embraced and whispered to him, “Don’t forget the poor,” when it was becoming apparent he was going to be elected the bishop of Rome. “And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi,” who cared so deeply for the poor. According to the Associated Press, he then sighed, “Oh how I would like a poor church and a church for the poor.”

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