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One of the criminals hanging there threw insults at him: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" The other one, however, rebuked him, saying: "Don't you fear God? Here we are all under the same sentence. Ours, however, is only right, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong." And he said to Jesus, "Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!" Jesus said to him, "I tell you this: Today you will be in Paradise with me." Luke 23:39-43

* Meditation on The Second Word

How much are we like the first thief?

Full of anger - because we are not rescued from our sin?

Full of hate - because we suffer because of the sins of others?

 

How much do we want God to snap his fingers

And make right what we have made wrong?

What we have allowed others to make wrong?

 

How easy it is to cry "save us"

and to rail against God

when there is no magic cure

no miraculous recovery

no legions of angels

to take away pain and bring wholeness.

 

How easy it is to scorn the Messiah,

to mock the goodness of the world

and condemn the light of the world

because we are unwilling to face what we we have done?

 

Yet there is goodness

There is a cure for sin

a cure that does not promise magical solutions

but promises that the pain of sin is not the end,

that when all this is over

when the suffering is finished

that the final word is not torture and defeat

but life -- life springing out of the ashes

life transformed and fulfilled in Paradise.

 

To the compassionate thief

To the one who could still recognize the good in the world

To the one who tried to comfort and protect that good

To the one who sought good -- Comfort was given

 

"Today, you will be in paradise with me."

 

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)