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'This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C

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Gospel Luke 9:28B-36 (NRSV, Catholic Edition, Can.)

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And …

'I have tried to follow when you called.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

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Transfiguration of Christ, Paolo Veronese,1556, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Montagnana, Italy 

GospelMark 9:2-10  Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no oneon earth could bleach them.And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved;listen to him!”

24 May, Day of Prayer for China: Our Lady of Sheshan. Our Lady, Help of Christians

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Our Lady, Help of ChristiansMexico [Wikipedia]
Day of Prayer for China Pope Benedict XVI designated the 24th May each year as a special day of prayer with the Church in China urging the universal Church to join together with a special prayer at the weekend Masses in all our parishes. There is a special prayer for China to Our Lady of Sheshan written by Pope Benedict  You can read more in an article by John Battle on the website of the Columbans in the USA here.
PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI 
TO OUR LADY OF SHESHAN
ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA (24 MAY 2008)

Our Lady of Sheshan Continue here.

'The strength that empowered me was the Eucharist.' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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Sandhill Mass Rock('Carraig an Aifrinn', in Irish), County Donegal, Ireland.
During the 17th century, when Catholics in Ireland were persecuted, Mass was often celebrated in remote places, with aMass rockas the altar.
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GospelJohn 6:51-58(Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
Jesus said to the crowds: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will rai…

'This is my body . . .' Sunday Reflections, Corpus Christi

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La Disputà (Disputation of the Holy Sacrament), Raffaello Sanzio, painted 1510-11
You will find a description of this magnificent fresco here and a video on its restoration here.
The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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Gospel Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 (Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?" And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the householder, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished and…