(Vatican Radio) Listed below you can discover the full text of Pope Francis' address at the Angelus on Sunday 23 August 2015: Today is the conclusion of the readings from the sixth chapter of the Scripture of St John, with the discourse on the "Bread of Life," proclaimed by Jesus on the day after the miracle of the reproduction of the loaves and fishes. At the end of that discourse, the fantastic interest of the day prior to faded, because Jesus had said He was the Bread come down from heaven, and that He would provide His Flesh as food and His Blood as drink, clearly alluding to the sacrifice of His very life. These words prompted disappointment in individuals, who considered them not worthy of the Messiah, not "winning." That's how some saw Jesus: as a Messiah who should speak and act in such a method that His mission would be successful, immediately! However they erred specifically in this: in way of understanding the objective of the Messiah! Even the disciples failed to accept that language, that disturbing language of the Master. And today's passage refers to their pain: "This stating is hard," they said, "Who can accept it?" (John 6:60). In truth, they comprehended well the discourse of Jesus-- so well that they did not wish to hear it, since it is a discourse that weakens their state of mind. The Words of Jesus constantly discomfort us; discomfort us, for example, with regard to the spirit of the world, of worldliness. However Jesus offers the key to get rid of the difficulty; a key made of 3 elements. First, His magnificent origin: He is come down from heaven and will rise "to where He was before" (v. 62). 2nd: His words can just be comprehended through the action of the Holy Spirit, He "who gives life" (v. 63). It is exactly the Holy Spirit that makes us comprehend Jesus well. Third: the real cause of misunderstanding of His words is lack of faith: "Amongst you there are some who do not believe" (v. 64), Jesus states. In fact, from that point, "many of His disciples turned back" (v. 66). In the face of these defections, Jesus does not reclaim or soften His words, in truth, He forces us making a clear option-- either to remain with Him or to separate ourselves from Him-- and He says to the Twelve, "Do you also wish to leave?" (v. 67). At this point Peter makes his admission of faith in the name of the other Apostles: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (v. 68). He does not state "where shall we go?" however "to whom shall we go?" The basic problem is not leaving and abandoning the work that has actually been carried out, however rather "to whom" to go. From that question of Peter, we comprehend that faithfulness to God is a concern of faithfulness to a person, with whom we are taken part order to walk together along the same roadway. All that we have in the world does not please our hunger for the infinite. We require Jesus, to remain with Him, to nourish ourselves at His table, on His words of eternal life! To care about Jesus indicates making Him the centre, the definition of our life. Christ is not an accessory element: He is the "living bread," the indispensable nutrition. Attaching ourselves to Him, in a real relationship of faith and love, does not indicate being chained, however [rather] exceptionally free, constantly on a journey.Each one of us can ask himself, today, "Who is Jesus for me? Is He a name? a concept? Is He merely an individual from history? Or is He truly the individual Who loves me, Who offered His life for me and walks with me?" Who is Jesus for you? Do you stay with Jesus? Do you seek to understand Him in His word? Do you check out the Scripture every day, a passage from the Scripture in order to know Jesus? Do you carry the little Scripture in your pocket, in your bag, in order to read it all over. Since the more we are with Him the more the desire to continue to be with Him grows. Now I kindly ask you, let us take a moment of silence, and every one of us, in silence, in his/her heart, ask yourself the question: "Who is Jesus for me?" In silence, everyone response in his or her heart. "Who is Jesus for me?" [A minute of silence.] May the Virgin Mary help us constantly "to go" to Jesus in order to experience the flexibility that He offers us, which permits us to purify our choices from worldly incrustations and worry..
Rome, Italy, Aug 11, 2015/ 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the united state Embassy to the Holy See has actually begun its move to a brand-new structure-- which shares the exact same campus as both the U.S. Embassy to Italy and the united state Mission to the United Nations.
"We are anticipating a larger, more contemporary center that can provide a more practical space for our personnel," U.S. ambassador Ken Hackett said in an Aug. 11 statement announcing the move.
He stated the Unites States' relationship with the Holy See "is very important and continues to grow as we interact to promote human rights, social justice and peace worldwide," adding that the new facility provides "a more robust work area" to carry out their ongoing collaboration with the Vatican and with the Catholic humanitarian and academic neighborhoods in Rome.
"We will have greater area for the future possibility of personnel boosts, and we will certainly have a substantial increase in area to host visitors for meetings and events."
Although the brand-new building will be on the same building as the other two U.S. objectives in Rome, it will certainly have a separate space and entryway.
The embassy is set to open its brand-new center Aug. 17. The new chancery structure will be formally inaugurated in early September, and high-ranking U.S. Department of State and Holy See officials are expected to be present.
Antoinette Hurtado, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, told CNA Aug. 11 that she is thrilled for the move "since our new facility is really a substantial increase in size and quality."
"It's more modern-day and practical while also maintaining the creative and historical aspects of the renovated 1920s structure we are moving into," she said.
With a number of huge conference rooms instead of the small space made use of in the previous building, the embassy will "finally have the area to host visitors and associates for conferences and conferences," she added.
The brand-new building was recently refurbished in order to be more environmentally-friendly, and is equipped with upgrades developed to save resources and cut operating costs.
It is also the first U.S. diplomatic structure to get a certification in Management in Energy and Environmental Design in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category.
Although the moving of the united state Embassy to the Holy See is being welcomed by current staff, it hasn't constantly been received with such enthusiasm.
In 2013 previous U.S. ambassadors criticized the choice, stating the step would diminish the embassy's impact.
Previous U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson told CatholicVote.org in 2013 that the embassy's planned transfer to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is "another symptom of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican-- and to Christians in the Middle East."
"This is a key post for intermediation in many sovereignties however specifically in the Middle East," Nicholson said. "This is anything but a great time to decrease the stature of this post. To reduce the stature of this post is to decrease its influence."
The U.S. did not establish complete polite relations with the Vatican until 1984, in part because of anti-Catholic belief.
Criticism was also voiced by former U.S. ambassadors Francis Rooney, Mary Ann Glendon, Raymond Flynn and Thomas Melady.
Nevertheless, State Department officials safeguarded the decision as great for security, and Nicole Thompson of the State Department's press relations workplace mentioned security as the main motive for the move.
Security was evaluated after an attack on a U.S. polite post in Benghazi, Libya, eliminated the united state ambassador to the nation. Thompson likewise said the move will save money on operating expense.
"We turn down any tip that this decision, made for security and management factors, constitutes a downgrading of our relations with the Holy See," she stated.
Regardless of the previous controversy, the Aug. 11 statement on the step holds that the moving fulfills the united state Department of State security's suggestions, specifically their call for U.S. government centers to be collocated when located in the exact same metropolitan area.
It is also said the embassy's long-term costs will certainly decrease, because they won't be paying lease charges for the existing building.
At times, individuals take offense to the claim of Christians that Jesus is the only method to God. Popular teaching in the world today states that "all roads result in God," and Christianity is just one way. So when Christians make this claim, they are commonly identified hateful or exclusionary. Why don't Christians verify these other roadways to God?
There are three basic reasons that Christians believe Jesus is the only way to God:
1. Jesus claimed to be the only way. Jesus told his fans, "I am the method, the truth and the life. No man concerns the Father other than through me."
2. Jesus is the only person to conquer death. Jesus' resurrection substantiates all his other claims. By increasing from the dead, he showed that his claim to be the only method to God is true. The evidence for Jesus' resurrection is compelling (see http://y-jesus.com/wwrj/6-jesus-rise-dead).
3. Jesus is the only person who provides a solution for our sin issue. God hates sin, and as an ideal judge, requires that our sins be penalized. However because God loves us, he paid the penalty himself by sending Jesus to die in our place. Because Jesus never ever sinned, he alone is the best sacrifice. No other person or religious leader ever lived a best life. Only Jesus is qualified to bring us to God.
Many other religions have good moral or ethical teachings, however they don't offer responses to guys' sin issue. When the Jewish spiritual leaders contradicted Jesus as the only way to God, Peter answered them:
In no one else can redemption be found. For in all the world no other name has been given to men but this, and it is by this name that we should be saved!(Acts 4:12, J. B. Phillips)
For more reading we advise "Is Jesus the Only Way to God?" at: http://y-jesus.com/more/jow-jesus-only-way.
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Are you of a simple spirit?
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19
This is a paradox which the youngsters of this world can not comprehend and will certainly not sign up for, that it is much better to be bad and humble than to be rich and happy. 1. Those that divide the spoil are commonly pleased; they value themselves and despise others, and their mind increases with their condition; those therefore that are rich in this world have need to be charged that they be not high-minded, 1 Tim. 6:17. Those that are pleased and will certainly present themselves, that drive, and shove, and scramble, for preferment, are the males that typically divide the spoil and share it among them; they have the world at will and the ball at their foot. 2. It is upon all accounts better to take our lot with those whose condition is low, and their minds gave it, than to fancy and intend to make a figure and a bustle on the planet. Humility, though it must expose us to contempt in the world, yet while it advises us to the favour of God, qualifies us for his thoughtful sees, prepares us for his magnificence, secures us from many temptations, and maintains the peaceful and repose of our own souls, is much better than that high-spiritedness which, though it bring away the honour and wealth of the world, makes God a guy's opponent and the devil his master.
- Matthew Henry
Exactly what's more valuable than wisdom?
Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Monsignor John Anderson aims to contact other local churches to alert them of the two explosions that occurred Sunday early morning and to be alert.
See photos from the scene at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist Church.
LAS CRUCES && GT; & GT; Surges about a half hour apart shattered the peacefulness of early morning services at 2 Las Cruces churches Sunday, however triggered no injuries and just minor damage, cops said.
The explosions took place at Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Locust, quickly after 8 a.m. and Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda, about a half hour later. The surge at Holy Cross occurred in a trash can just outside the entryway of the church as services for the 8 a.m. Mass were taking place.
Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Holy Cross Catholic Church pastoral associate Elizabeth Behnke informs parishioners of ride arrangements and that their automobiles should be left at the church till the parking area is browsed on Sunday.
Monsignor John Anderson had actually remained in the part of the service where communion is passed.
"I was right in the middle of saying the words 'take and consume, this is my body' and there was a Pow! I mean, I knew it had to be more than a gunshot," he said. "It didn't understand if it was a shotgun blast, I didn't understand exactly what. However it was extremely loud and I just kept on saying the words."
Ann Marie Sullivan, a college student and long-lasting parishioner at Holy Cross, explained it. "It sounded like something had actually fallen off and smashed the glass in the back."
At the end of the Lord's Prayer, the pastor sent out a deacon to learn what had happened, and it was reported that a bomb had exploded in a garbage can outside the front glass doors, smashing the thick glass.
"I had actually just gotten communion and had returned to my chair when the cops turned up and said we require everyone to leave out the doors calmly," Sullivan said, saying authorities told parishioners. "We have it under control but we need you to leave the structure."
Ten minutes later on, and it could have been much worse, Anderson stated.
Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Aaliyah Doninguez, 11, stands on North Alameda Boulevard recommending parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church that Mass is canceled on Sunday.
"I'm just happy to God no one was standing by the door, due to the fact that there's typically always someone standing there. However because it was the consecration part of the Mass, everyone was kneeling down and facing toward the altar," he said. "10 minutes later on we would have been leaving and standing around that area."
At an interview Sunday night, Gov. Susana Martinez said that only a "coward" would position an explosive device in a church. She vowed that the person accountable would be caught, and prompted people to continue to attend church services.
"Whoever did this will certainly feel the full pressure of the law," she stated. "If your intention was to bring fear to those who worship, you have actually failed."
Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Las Cruces Law enforcement agent Joseph Campa talks with Holy Cross Catholic Church parishioners on Sunday after a surge took place at the entrance of the church during Mass.
. State Cops Chief Pete Kassetas stated the acts were definitely intended to intimidate churchgoers, however he might not call it an act of terrorism at this time, or even confirm for certain that the 2 surges were related.
The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, New Mexico State Police, and an NMSU canine system are all aiding in the investigation, as are federal officials with the FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security, Las Cruces Police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.
The earlier explosion at Calvary Baptist Church took place in a mailbox on a wall near the administrative entrance to the church, Trujillo stated. A number of worshippers were gathering inside the church when the surge happened, however services had actually not yet started.
Jett Loe-- Sun-News Las Cruces police block parts of Locust Street in response to a surge Sunday early morning near Calvary Baptist Church.
"It was a genuine bomb, I saw all the parts," stated Cavalry Baptist member Dennis Llewellyn, who said he was outside the church when the explosive went off. Llewellyn stated he was a previous special forces member with the Militaries and acknowledged bomb parts that consisted of an Eveready battery. He and fellow church member Mike Stewart kept churchgoers arriving for the 8:30 a.m. service from going into the structure during the five to 10 minutes it considered authorities to show up. Stewart was the one to notice the debris and harmed mailbox, the two men said.
Llewellyn described the explosion as loud, and Stewart, who was within, stated it shook the structure. Llewellyn said there were about 30 people inside the building when the surge occurred.
Kassetas stated they were not releasing information on the kind of explosive gadget utilized while the examination is ongoing, however said they "were not fireworks"
"These devices were intended, I think, to do damage and might have done damage to people."
Trujillo stated had no information yet regarding possible intentions, but police assume the 2 blasts are related.
"Just the fact that they were at churches the very same day a half and hour apart approximately, that leads us to think it could be something related," he stated.
"Somebody desired attention, and someone wanted to be really destructive versus the Catholics, I guess," Monsignor John Anderson stated. "I don't know how else to check out that."
"We'll well need to increase the security and have people in the car park all the time and have electronic cameras in that celebration location to see who is there at all times. So, well need to be more watchful."
Trujillo said cops were been contacted by other churches in town asking what they must do.
"We can't tell them exactly what to do, but we can tell them to be on the lookout for anything suspicious," he stated. "Don't go poking around in wastebasket or mail boxes. If you have any suspicion of anything that's out of the normal, kindly call to police and leave it as much as the officers to look it over."
During a rally Sunday night at Pioneer Park, faith leaders from throughout the community required forgiveness and a more powerful sense of community. A message was checked out from Bishop Oscar Cantú where he expressed thanks that nobody was hurt, and vowed the church services would continue, however with more vigilance.
In front of a nationwide TELEVISION audience, millions of viewers saw quarterback Tim Tebow's grinning face engraved with a white "John 3:16" painted on his eye-black. Within minutes of that close-up shot of Tebow, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Web searches were flooded with questions about exactly what the Bible verse suggests. Numerous questioned, "What's so unique about John 3:16?"
The response is that in that one extensive verse, Jesus Christ unlocks the mystery of eternal life.
John 3:16 was written by John, a fisherman, who was one of Jesus Christ's twelve disciples. John claims to be an eyewitness account of Jesus' life and words (see http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201-22&version=NLT).
John 3:16 records a few of Jesus' words with an essential Jewish spiritual leader, Nicodemus, about immortality (see John 2:24 -3:21). Jesus' miracles, his extensive teaching and righteous life had actually persuaded Nicodemus that Jesus was sent out from God. He thought Jesus understood the trick to immortality.
However, since most of the other Jewish religious leaders were doubtful of Jesus, Nicodemus chose to check out Jesus covertly at night. After he found Jesus, he bluntly asked him the best ways to have eternal life.
In John 3:16, Jesus unfolds secrets to Nicodemus about God's love, why he came to earth, and how we can have eternal life. Let's have a look at what Jesus told this religious historian:
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Kid, so that everyone who believes in him will not die however have immortality." [John 3:16, NLT]
In this passage, Jesus mentions God's love, leading to his objective to conserve a lost world. Simply puts, Jesus was on a rescue mission. He includes everybody as lost, however informs Nicodemus that God's love connects to everybody as well.
So exactly what did Jesus tell Nicodemus about the secret to immortality?
Surprisingly, Jesus didn't inform Nicodemus to end up being more spiritual in order to go to heaven. Neither did he inform him to give more money or do more good deeds.
In a shocking revelation, he told Nicodemus that eternal life is based upon what Jesus did for us, not on what we have actually done for him. In John 3:16, Jesus informs Nicodemus that those who care about him will certainly have eternal life. The question is: what did Jesus suggest by "think"?
Considering that John wrote his Scripture in Greek, we have to look at the definition of the word "believe" in Greek. The Greek word for believe (pisteuo) indicates a lot more than merely concurring with the facts; it means individual commitment. In other words, "believe" suggests an individual dedication to Jesus Christ.
For instance, you might believe that the Queen of England is a genuine person, but basic knowledge of that fact doesn't personally influence you. Similarly, you might think that Jesus passed away on the cross for your sins, but apart from trusting in him as your Savior and Lord, he exposes that you will certainly not have eternal life.
However, in John 3:16, Jesus makes it clear that God does not want us to perish. In fact, according to the eyewitness reports in the New Testimony, Jesus withstood great suffering, paying our debt in full, so that we can have eternal life with him and leave judgment for our sins.
However he will certainly not require us to trust him. We have the choice to accept or decline Jesus. Yet he encourages each of us to accept his complimentary offer of immortality.
Jesus admonished Nicodemus that such a vital choice as immortality should not be ignored. If you would like to much better comprehend the reason Jesus pertained to earth and died, as well as your role in his strategy, we motivate you to check out http://www.y-jesus.com/why_jesus1.php. You can likewise see the video at www.knowgodpersonally.org.