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When they came to the place called "The Skull", they nailed Jesus to the cross there, and the two criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said "Forgive them, Father! They do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:33-34

* Meditation on the First Word

"They do not know what they are doing"

They do not know?  They ...who killed Jesus?

Who is "they"?

 

It is so easy to name others

to blame others

the Romans

the crowd

Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas

they all played their part

and conspired against Jesus

or simply followed orders to maintain the peace

to keep Jesus' kingdom from infringing on theirs.

 

And yet where are we when Jesus' kingdom infringes on ours?

on our peace and our order?

on our prosperity and our security?

 

Where are we when the victims of our peace cry for justice?

when those disenfranchised by our order call for compassion?

when the hungry and the lonely  beg us to share our prosperity

our security

our power?

Where are we when Christ is crucified among us?

 

Surely he should have raged

at the sinners who nailed him to the tree.

Surely he should have raged at us for the evil we do,

the evil we do both knowing and unknowing,

Yet compassion is there in the first words that he utters

He intercedes for us before the Father.

 

Compassion that called him into being in his mother's womb

Compassion that compelled him to the cross

Compassion that brings incredible, unbelievable grace

Compassion that echoes through the centuries

to all who participate in the killing of Christ:

Compassion that cries out from the cross:

"Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing"

 

By Richard J. Fairchild

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)