Of that branch in ancient garden,
on that tree with thee uplifted,
let us triumph, Lord, with thee.
Since January 20th, we’ve seen the debate over the value of embryonic stem research get a boost from the President who reversed President Bush’s ban on embryonic stem cell research and now a prominent medical researcher has made the claim that the stem cell debate is dead. In effect, this researcher has confirmed what other lesser known researchers have already said and what the Catholic Church has also said on this subject: the only hope to cure certain diseases is in adult stem cell
In his Sermon on Palm Sunday Blessed Guerric of Igny (d. ca. 1157), tells us:
When Jesus entered Jerusalem like a triumphant conqueror, many were astonished at the majesty of his bearing; but when a short while afterward he entered upon his passion, his appearance was ignoble, an object of derision. If today’s procession and
Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s Name comest,
the King and Blessed One.
The Sunday of the Lord’s Passion is upon us. First Vesper’s has me thinking of what the Christian life is all about and the horizon to which all Christians are facing: Christ fulfilling the Father’s promise of life eternal. We’re not talking about a fiction here, but reality.
One can distinguish five reasons why God allows the devil to attack us:
first, so that from attack and counter-attack we may become practiced in discerning good from evil;
second, so that our virtue may be maintained in the heat of the struggle and so be confirmed in an impregnable position;
(My aunt with her daughter, my cousin, Brooke, Easter 2005)
Today is the third anniversary of my Aunt Jeanne’s death. Sadness is still with me and the family at her untimely death. The Mass will be offered for her tomorrow. May her soul rest in peace.