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theevangelista:

Holy Saturday

Yes, Jesus died, he “descended” into the mysterious depths into which death leads.  He entered into the ultimate solitude into which no one can accompany us, for “being dead” is above all loss of communication.  It is isolation where love does not penetrate.  In this sense Christ descended “into hell,” whose essence is precisely the loss of love, being cut of from God and man.  But wherever he goes, “hell” ceases to be hell, because he himself is life and love, because he is the bridge which connects man and God and thereby also connects men among themselves.  And thus the descent is at the same time also transformation.  The final solitude no longer exists—except, at most, for the one who wants it, who rejects love form within and from its foundation, because he seeks only himself, wants to be from and for himself. 

—Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, Meditations on Holy Week

Today there is a great silence on earth; great silence and solitude too; great silence because the king sleeps.  The earth was afraid and was still because God in the flesh was asleep.

—Ancient homily for Holy Saturday
Image: Descent into Hell, Duccio 

theevangelista:

Holy Saturday

Yes, Jesus died, he “descended” into the mysterious depths into which death leads.  He entered into the ultimate solitude into which no one can accompany us, for “being dead” is above all loss of communication.  It is isolation where love does not penetrate.  In this sense Christ descended “into hell,” whose essence is precisely the loss of love, being cut of from God and man.  But wherever he goes, “hell” ceases to be hell, because he himself is life and love, because he is the bridge which connects man and God and thereby also connects men among themselves.  And thus the descent is at the same time also transformation.  The final solitude no longer exists—except, at most, for the one who wants it, who rejects love form within and from its foundation, because he seeks only himself, wants to be from and for himself. 

—Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, Meditations on Holy Week

Today there is a great silence on earth; great silence and solitude too; great silence because the king sleeps.  The earth was afraid and was still because God in the flesh was asleep.

—Ancient homily for Holy Saturday

Image: Descent into Hell, Duccio 

(Source: ephe, via hatewilson)

theevangelista:

Three thoughts for your Good Friday: 

"Love is also the fullest source of the answer to the question of the meaning of suffering. This answer has been given by God to man in the Cross of Jesus Christ." —Bl. John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris

"God is not proud…He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."—CS Lewis

“The Shepherd who sets off to seek the lost sheep is the eternal Word himself, and the sheep that he lovingly carries home on his shoulders is humanity, the human existence that he took upon himself.  In his Incarnation and Cross he brings home the stray sheep, humanity; he brings me home, too.  The incarnate Logos is the true ‘sheep-bearer’—the Shepherd who follows after us through the thorns and deserts of our life.  Carried on his shoulders, we come home. He gave his life for us.  He himself is life.” —Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth Vol. 1
Image: “Sacred Heart” by Georges Desvailleres

theevangelista:

Three thoughts for your Good Friday:

"Love is also the fullest source of the answer to the question of the meaning of suffering. This answer has been given by God to man in the Cross of Jesus Christ." —Bl. John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris

"God is not proud…He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."—CS Lewis

“The Shepherd who sets off to seek the lost sheep is the eternal Word himself, and the sheep that he lovingly carries home on his shoulders is humanity, the human existence that he took upon himself.  In his Incarnation and Cross he brings home the stray sheep, humanity; he brings me home, too.  The incarnate Logos is the true ‘sheep-bearer’—the Shepherd who follows after us through the thorns and deserts of our life.  Carried on his shoulders, we come home. He gave his life for us.  He himself is life.” —Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth Vol. 1

Image: “Sacred Heart” by Georges Desvailleres

beingblog:

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
~Rumi, as quoted in Parker Palmer’s reflection on hospitality and welcoming the unexpected visitor.

beingblog:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~Rumi, as quoted in Parker Palmer’s reflection on hospitality and welcoming the unexpected visitor.

“Attract them by the way you live.”

—   Saint Augustine (via stay-ocean-minded)

(Source: psych-quotes, via reflecting-lights)

Emalyn sleeping on her mama. #niece #newborn #baby #cute
just what I wanted #Tshirt #birthday #fish #unclejean
feeling their baby cousin move around. #baby #babybump #cute #cousins
inseparable #cat & #husband #mainecoon #sleep #cuddle #cute

beingblog:

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and these days, my life is vital, even on the days when I’m sad. I felt that funeral in my brain, and I sat next to the colossus at the edge of the world, and I have discovered something inside of myself that I would have to call a soul that I had never formulated until that day 20 years ago when hell came to pay me a surprise visit. I think that while I hated being depressed and would hate to be depressed again, I’ve found a way to love my depression. I love it because it has forced me to find and cling to joy. I love it because each day I decide, sometimes gamely, and sometimes against the moment’s reason, to cleave to the reasons for living. And that, I think, is a highly privileged rapture.”

This TED talk from Andrew Solomon is astounding in its honesty and depth. A necessary complement to our show on suicide.

xxviwonder:

Candid Portraits from Chinatown, NYC & Boston Subway | 2014

© John Carle 2014

(via the-worldisflat)

#cat #mainecoon #husband
beingblog:

This illustration of the cosmic microwave background, heat remaining from the origin of the universe, confirms predictions of inflationary theory. The universe is expanding just as described by Einstein’s theory of gravity. As Dan Vergano writes in National Geographic:

"The strong gravitational wave findings support some of the simplest models of inflation and explain how the mass of the universe first escaped from subatomic size without falling in on itself in its very first moments.
That means that in its very first moments, the entire universe reached a size far, far larger than what is observable or will ever be observable to humanity (the “observable” universe is about 92 billion light-years across).”

Amazing. And all done with a big dish.

beingblog:

This illustration of the cosmic microwave background, heat remaining from the origin of the universe, confirms predictions of inflationary theory. The universe is expanding just as described by Einstein’s theory of gravity. As Dan Vergano writes in National Geographic:

"The strong gravitational wave findings support some of the simplest models of inflation and explain how the mass of the universe first escaped from subatomic size without falling in on itself in its very first moments.

That means that in its very first moments, the entire universe reached a size far, far larger than what is observable or will ever be observable to humanity (the “observable” universe is about 92 billion light-years across).”

Amazing. And all done with a big dish.