All for Jesus!

“Quanto plus afflictiones pro Christo in hoc saeculo, tanto plus gloriae cum Christo in futuro”

‘the more affliction [we endure] for Christ in this world, the more glory [we shall obtain] with Christ in the next’ (cf. Rom 8).

St Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel (1557 – 1595)

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Carrying the Cross with Jesus

There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us. And on the far side of every cross we find the newness of life in the Holy Spirit, that new life which will reach its fulfilment in the resurrection. This is our faith. This is our witness before the world.
St John Paul II (1920 – 2005)

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Receiving the Power of Pentecost

In the Acts of the Apostles, St Luke describes the extraordinary manifestation of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as a communication of the very vitality of God who gives himself to women and men. This divine gift is also light and power: light, to proclaim the Gospel, the Truth revealed by God; power, to infuse the courage of witnessing to the faith, which the Apostles begin at that very moment.

Pope St John Paul II, 1997

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He Ascended into Heaven

The Ascension … tells us that Jesus is alive in our midst in a new way. He is no longer in a specific place in the world as he was before the Ascension. He is now in the lordship of God, present in every space and time, close to each one of us. In our life we are never alone: we have this Advocate who awaits us, who defends us. We are never alone: the Crucified and Risen Lord guides us.
Pope Francis, Ascension Day 2016

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Dying For Jesus Christ

“In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient bishops and kings, all that was once the glory of England – the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.”

St Edmund Campion (1540-1582), uttered this as he, with two other priests, was hanged, drawn and quartered for his Catholic faith at the Reformation.

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God Exists!

Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered … God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.

Pope Benedict XVI

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