WHAT IT TAKES TO SAVE A SOUL…..

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A good friend sent this to me as I was deciding what to write for Passover and Easter this year, and whilst I know the information here I wanted to SHARE this with you all…in hopes it may strengthen your resolve in your faith…

(ALTHOUGH I’VE NEVER, EVER SEEN THIS ALL IN ONE PLACE BEFORE!!)

How The Apostles Died and The Death of Jesus (explained through science and historical fact):

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound

2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead

3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost

4 John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome .

However, he was miraculously delivered from death.

John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos.
He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos.

The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey .

He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6 James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple* when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.

(* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.)

7. James the Great
Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry.

As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem.

The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial.

Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey.

Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew
He was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony.

His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour.

The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’

He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent

11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67.

Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire.

These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here Are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty
faced by the apostles And disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith.

“And ye shall be hated Of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall besaved.”- Matthew 10:22

Faith is not believing that God can… It is knowing that God WILL!

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS:
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death.

At the time Crucifixion was the “worst” death.

Only the worst.

Criminals were condemned to be crucified.

Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike Other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail Was 6 to 8 inches long.

The nails Were driven into His wrist.

Not Into His palms as is commonly Portrayed.

There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.

The Roman guards knew That when the nails were being
hammered into the Wrist that tendon would tear and Break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could Breath.

Both of His feet Were nailed together.

Thus He was forced to Support Himself on the single nail that Impaled His feet to the cross.

Jesus could Not support himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to Breath.

Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.

Jesus endured this Reality for over 3 hours.

Yes, Over 3 hours!
Can you imagine this kind of suffering?

A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding.

He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

From common images We see wounds to His hands and feet and even the
spear wound To His side… But do we realize His wounds Were actually made in his body.

A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.

But Before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten.

The whipping was so severe that it tore the Flesh from His body.

The beating so horrific that His Face was torn and his beard ripped from His face.

The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.

Most men would not have survived this torture.

He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His Wounds.

The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.

Jesus poured all 3.5 Liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His Members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond That, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His Chest…

All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own Cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his Face and threw stones

(the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were Nailed).

Jesus had To endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, so that you can have free Access to God.

So that your sins could be “washed” away.

All of them, with no exception!

Don’t ignore this situation.

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!

He died for you!

It Is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos on social sites… but When it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward To others because you are worried of what they may think About you.

God Has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced To save you.

Now think about this!
60 Seconds with God… For the next 60 Seconds, set aside what you’re doing and take this opportunity! … All you have to do Is:

1. Simply Pray for the person who sent this message to You

2. Then, pass this Message to people, the more the better.

3. People will Pray for you and you will make that many people pray to God for other people

4. Take a Moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him.

If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus’ instructions.

He said in Matthew 10:32-33: “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father in heaven”.

Yes, I love God.

He is my source of life and my Savior.

He keeps me alive day and night.

Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. -Philippians 4:13.

This is the simple proof.

If you love God and you are a believer and trust in salvation through Christ Jesus, send this to all those you love if you want to.

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READING OF THE DAY: 20 MARCH, 2013

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“Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.

A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains.

So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free.

I know that you are descendants of Abraham.

But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.

I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”

They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”

Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham.

But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this.

You are doing the works of your father!”

(So) they said to him, “We are not illegitimate. We have one Father, God.”

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.” – John 8:31-42.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 20 MARCH, 2013

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MARIA JOSEFA OF THE HEART OF JESUS
SANCHO DE GUERRA
Religious
(1842-1912)

I- LIFE AND WORKS

Blessed Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus, eldest daughter of Bernabe Sancho, chair-maker, and of Petra de Guerra, housewife, was born in Vitoria (Spain) on September 7, 1842, and was baptized the following day. According to the custom practiced then, she was confirmed two years after, on August 10, 1844.

Her father died when she was seven years old, her mother prepared her for the First Communion, that she received at ten years old. At the age of fifteen she was sent to Madrid to some relatives to receive education and a more complete formation.

The characteristic traits of her infancy and childhood were: a strong piety to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary, a remarkable sensibility towards the poor and the sick and an inclination to solitude.

She returned to Vitoria at the age of eighteen and manifested to her mother the desire to enter in a monastery, feeling an attraction to the claustered life.

From adulthood, Blessed Maria Josefa used to repeat: “I wasborn with a religious vocation.” Only that, looking at the circumstances, it shows that she passed various experiences but not without listening to different suggestions of wise churchmen, before finding the definitive form of her vocation.

She was, in fact, to be on the point of entering to the Conceptionists contemplative of Aranjuez in 1860, but was prevented by the occurrence of a grave sickness of typhus. Her mother helped her to overcome the disappointment.

On the succeeding months, it seemed to her understanding that the Lord calls her to a type of religious active life. For this, she decided to enter in the Institute of the Servants of Mary, recently founded in Madrid by Saint Soledad Torres Acosta.

With the coming of the time of her profession, she was assailed with grave doubts and uncertainty on her effective call in that Institute. She opened her soul to various confessors and from their advices she felt that she was mistaken on her vocation.

The meetings with the holy Archbishop Claret and the serene conversations with the same Saint Soledad Torres Acosta, gradually arrived to the decision of leaving the Institute of the Servants of Mary to give life to a new religious family, that had for its aim the exclusive assistance to the sick in the hospitals and in their homes.

Sharing this same ideal with three other Servants of Mary, who with the permission of Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo, went out together with her with the same purpose.

The new foundation was made in Bilbao in the spring of 1871, when Maria Josefa was twenty nine years old. Since then, and for the succeeding forty one years, she was superior of the new Institute of the Servants of Jesus.

She embarked on difficult trips to visit the different communities until a long sickness confined her in the house of Bilbao. Obliged to stay on bed or in an armchair, she continued to follow the events of the various communities with in and outside Spain through a painstaking and precious correspondence. On her death, on March 20, 1912, which happened after long years of suffering, there were 43 houses founded and the number of her Sisters reached more than one thousand.

Her holy death caused great impact to Bilbao and in other numerous localities where she was known through the houses of her Institute. In the same way, her funeral had an extraordinary resonance. She was buried in the municipal cemetery of Bilbao.

In 1926, her fame of sanctity grew and her mortal remains were transferred to the Mother House of the Institute and have been buried in the chapel until now.

II- SPIRITUALITY

The writings and the testimonies of the eye-witnesses put in evidence the central points of the spirituality of Blessed Maria Josefa:

1) Great love to the Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart.

2) Profound adoration to the mystery of Redemption and intimate participation to the sufferings of Christ and to his Cross.

3) Total dedication to the service of the sick in a context of contemplative spirit.

Here are some significant expressions taken from her writings:

“The charity and mutual love constitute even in this life the paradise of the community. Without cross we cannot live wherever we go, because the religious life is a life of sacrifice and of abnegation. The foundation of greatest perfection is the fraternal charity.”(Don Pablo B. Aristegui, Beata Maria Josefa del Cuore di Gesù, Mensajero, Bilbao, 1992, p. 97).

“Don’t believe sisters that the assistance consists only in giving medicines and food to the sick. There is another type of assistance that must never be forgotten and it is the assistance of the heart that adjusts and enter in sympathy with the person who suffers and go to meet his necessities.” (Ibidem, p. 100).

“We form in the Divine Heart of Jesus our center to communicate with Him. We can do it with the frequency that we desire without fear of molesting anyone; only with Jesus will be our intimacy.” (Consejos y Maximas de Nuestra Venerada Madre Fundadora. Madrid, Imprenta Juan Bravo, 1994, p. 15).

III- CHARISM TO SERVE THE SICK

The particular footprint imprinted by Ma. Josefa to the Institute of the Servants of Jesus reflects her interior experience of a soul consecrated to the charitable service of the neighbor, especially to the sick, in a climate of contemplative spirit. We find her concept well expressed in the Directorio de Asistencias, written by herself, where it is understood and affirmed what the Servant of Jesus provide for the sick, that she accompanies until the door of eternity, a blessing better than that of a missionary who with his preaching call those who are lost to the right path of life.

“In this manner, as written in the functional manuals of our Institute, designed to procure the corporal health of the neighbor, is elevated to a great height, making our active life more perfect than that of a contemplative, as taught by the angelic teacher St. Thomas who says about the works directed to the salvation of souls derived from contemplation.” (Directorio de Asistencias de la Congregación Religiosas Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, Vitoria, 1930, p. 9).

With this spirit, the Servants of Jesus, from the death of their Mother Maria Josefa and until now, have continued their service to the sick, with a generous oblation of life which reminds that of their Foundress.

Furthermore, in conformity to the progress of times and the necessities of the modern life, from the primary end of the assistance to the sick, the assistance to old persons in residences and the reception and assistance to the children in day care centers, some others were added, such as: provision of food to the indigents, centers for those afflicted with AIDS, day care centers for the aged, pastoral health care and other works of beneficence and charities, above all in the poorest places of Latin America and Asia.

Today, in actuality, the 1,050 Religious of the Institute of the Servants of Jesus are present in Spain and in other countries such as Italy, France, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Philippines.

IV- ITINERARY OF THE CAUSE

Few years after the death of Mother Maria Josefa, the Institute of the Servants of Jesus planned to start the Cause of the Canonization, but because of the adverse circumstances due to the Spanish civil war of 1936 and the Second World War, was able to realize the plan only after almost thirty years.

a) On May 31, 1951, was the start of the Informative Ordinary Process in Bilbao.

b) On January 7, 1972 the Decretum super introductione Causae.

c) On September 7, 1989 was promulgated the Decretum super Virtutibus.

d) On September 27, 1992 she was solemnly beatified in Saint Peter’s Square.

e) On October 1, 2000 she was canonized by John Paul II.

(source: Libreria Editrice Vaticana…YES, THE VATICAN LIBRARY….Quit gawking… 🙂 )