#1 --  Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A for RCIA Gospel:Jn 4:5-42
#2 --  Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle A for RCIA Gospel:Jn 9:1-41
#3 --  Fifth Sunday of Lent Cycle A for RCIA Gospel:Jn 11:1-45

(Text readings for R.C.I.A. Scrutinies are from the New American Bible, Catholic Edition)

The formats of these scrutinies will be in a verse by verse or section by section format.  It is recommended that the entire text be read first, then pray, followed by breaking the text down and discussing each section (verse) in the context with the application for our lives... ergo, scrutinies...

May the Lord bless you in this very special time of preparation as catechumens and candidates... Ron Curley, also, a recent convert to our Roman Catholic Faith.



Third Sunday of Lent

The Gospel according to St. John 4: 5-42

John 4:5-42

5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.

It is of interest that this New Testament event was near the place close to the Old Testament story of Genesis 34 where Dinah, the child of Leah, a daughter of Jacob, was savagely avenged by the terrible (murderous) ethnically motivated deeds of her brothers Simeon and Levi, who killed by the sword the noble Shechem, his father Hamor and all the people of that area close to the Samaria of the days of Jesus.

It is also of interest that Jacob gave this land to his son, Joseph, who in many ways has in the events of his life, a parallel account to the life of Jesus -- beloved of his Father (Israel), hated and rejected by his brethren, but, touchingly reunited with them later, when he saved them
(with Israel) from the famine in the land.

Sychar was the shorter route that Jesus took from Judea to Galilee -- It gave him the opportunity to preach a message of Love and the grace of God to those of Samaria, a people rejected by the Jews.  He met a woman at the base of Mt. Ebal, near Sychar.

How fittingly, the blessed Water of Life sits by a well, the well of Jacob.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

The Water of Life, Himself, came into the presence of this one who thirsted.

How often do we come into the presence of the Water of Life and find our thirst quenched.  In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, also written by St. John, Jesus is seen as the Living Water that flows from the Throne of God to water the trees on each side of the river who bear their fruits in their season and for the healing of the nations.  Here, Jesus is the healing for this nation in miniature, the Samaritan woman.

“Give me to drink,” he asks her.  Yet, here is the Water of Life ready to give himself for her and all of us completely.  It is Jesus who will give his life for the sins of the woman, Simeon, Jacob, Levi, Hamor and Shechem.

How deep are your sins?  How deep are my sins?  Are they in a valley so deep that we cannot come out of it?  Yet, there is no valley so deep, that, Jesus has not gone deeper still to bring us out to newness of life in Christ.

8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.

The greatest events are often missed by the disciples.  They are away from this woman, yet, Jesus, the purest Jew that ever lived, the Holy One, engaged this sinful woman and treated her with more dignity than she had ever experienced.

How does this speak to you and me as to how we ought to treat others, as well as, ourselves?  Are we beneath the depths to which God will reach in his Love toward us?  How then can others be so deeply beyond the reach of our Love in Christ?

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.)

Jesus was a friend to sinners.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

How blessed is our Lord, as he speaks to her -- he is the Gift of God.  The Greek words for "gift" and "grace" are very similar.

11 (The woman) said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?”

Yes, Jesus is greater than Jacob!  Jacob (whose name means, “heel grabber”) had to be changed at the brook of Jabbok (“struggle”) in order to be re-named, Israel, “prince of God.”  Yet, a greater than Jacob is there with the woman of Samaria, the name is Jesus, meaning, “Salvation,” or, “Salvation of Yahweh.”

We have no buckets and the cistern is deep for us in this world.  But, Jesus came down to draw us to himself in his death, burial and resurrection to newness of life.

Here is the Water of Life who will be poured our for us, my beloved.

How we are loved.  There is such mercy in Jesus... in God.

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
14 but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

What beauty here, this water that he gives (grace) that it would even spring up within us to water others and ourselves continually?  Is it not like the water and the blood that burst forth from his side from the cross of Golgotha, and, that would be poured out at the Eucharist perpetually?

These things we should think upon as we prepare for this Eucharistic meal and the waters of life to meet us on Easter Vigil.

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

The Samaritan and we do well when we cry out for the Living Water that will satisfy our thirst.

16 Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come back.”

But, first there must be searching within.  We must come to see what needs to be confessed to God through the ministry and Sacrament of Reconciliation.  And, here, in simple form, Jesus shows us the ministry to come.

17 The woman answered and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus answered her, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
18 For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

All that God asks of us is for the truth.  "Adam,"  (meaning Adam and Eve) “Where are you?”

The old Genesis 3  "fig leaves" will not cover the nakedness... Confession "covers" it, because where there is truthful confession, the acknowledgment of sin, the owning of it, there will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the person confessing the sins.

Then, the door of fellowship is open.  The eyes of the woman, and us, are open to the truths of God.

19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”

The place of worship is in the Jerusalem of God, our Lord Jesus and the Church of Jesus.  We worship God the Father in Spirit (John 14:15-18) and in Truth (John 14:6).

21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.

“Salvation,” himself, spoke to her...

Salvation speaks to each of us in the process of conversion.  The Spirit brings us to Jesus, who brings us to the Father.

23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.”

Amen... consider this closely, my beloved.

25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”

What a revelation of himself?

Jesus completely revealed himself, who he is, to one no one else would speak to.  Is that not like how God has revealed himself?  God comes to the weak and rejected, the sinners and the outcasts, the fishermen and the tax collectors -- before he comes to the learned and the religious.  Then, he creates us into new creations in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17).

27 At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, “What are you looking for?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people,
29 “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?”
30 They went out of the town and came to him.

This is what we are called to, when we become Roman Catholic Christians -- we are called to call others to come and meet the One that saves us from our sins and brings us into newness of Life, where we have the Spring of Living Water inside, springing up into everlasting life in Christ.

They did not see though until later.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.

Let us be more spiritually understanding than were the disciples there at that time.  We should not be critical of them though.  Are we not like them, often?  How have I failed to understand his ways?

Is my food to do the will of my Father and finish his work?

What is the work?

35 Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
36 The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
37 For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”
39 Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I have done.”
40 When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
41 Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
42 and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

How great a discovery it is, when we discover that Jesus is our Savior and our Lord and Master.

Deus et Sanctissima...

Let us consider that greater Woman (Mary) that became Mother of the Church, now, joined by the Samaritan and other, even us from others nations that would come to believe on Jesus in the latter days.



Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Gospel according to St. John 9: 1-41

(Text readings for R.C.I.A. Scrutinies are from the New American Bible, Catholic Edition)

The formats of these scrutinies will be in a verse by verse or section by section format.  It is recommended that the entire text be read first, then pray, followed by breaking the text down and discussing each section (verse) in the context with the application for our lives... ergo, scrutinies...

May the Lord bless you in this very special time of preparation as catechumens and candidates... Ron Curley, also, a recent convert to our Roman Catholic Faith.

John 9:1-41

1 As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

There was, and still remains, a feeling with many people that when people are afflicted and suffering they must have done something to incur the wrath of a vengeful “god.”  That is, there must be something they did or did not do to bring this calamity upon them.

I have experienced this too, when I experienced various hardships in the past.  Someone very close to me asked me, “Ron, what have you done... there just seems to be so much happening to you for it not to be so?”  I want to assure the readers that it is not always what we do that brings calamity to us.  Listen to Jesus lay this truth out for us.

3 Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.

Often, the trials of life come upon us in order to bring us closer to God.
This is what happened to me, my beloved.  I became a Roman Catholic.  Jesus brought me closer to the Father through all the trials.  I can truly say, that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to God’s purpose.  (Romans 8:28).

Jesus sees and turns aside to help us, not criticize us.

4 We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

There is a work to be done.  Jesus does it.  The night is coming, but, there will be a resurrection day for him, and, therefore, all of us... that we may work his works in the world.

6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes,
7 and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

Glorious day!

Do you see?  Has Jesus touched your eyes that you might tell others where you were sent?

We are sent to be sent to proclaim the Gospel (the Good News) to all who will hear and believe.  Are we living that others may see?  We need say very little actually.  Our actions always speak much much louder than our words.

8 His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn‘t this the one who used to sit and beg?”
9 Some said, “It is,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” He said, “I am.”
10 So they said to him, ”(So) how were your eyes opened?”
11 He replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went there and washed and was able to see.”

Sometimes, he sends us to people who really do not want to know the truth, yet, he sends us.  We may be persecuted for what we have seen, having been sent.

We may have difficulty is telling others.  Yet, we live out the newness of life, because we have been washed in the Water of Life.

12 And they said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I don‘t know.”
13 They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
14 Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
15 So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”

How simple the Gospel message is, my beloved catechumens and candidates.
He washes us and we see.  We come to him when we come into the Church he has built on Peter.  We become his followers.

Yet, there are those who are engaged in doubt.  They will try to make you doubt the reality of your Holy Catholic Apostolic Faith.

16 So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.” (But) others said, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
17 So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

For the one who was blind, he now sees that Jesus is a “prophet.”  Yes, he is a prophet, but, my beloved, he is greater than a mere prophet.  He is Immanuel, God with us.

Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah (Christ), the One promised by God to save his people from their sins.

Yet, the once blind man only saw what he could at the time.

God would not leave him with a clouded view... nor will God leave you with a clouded view of Jesus.  We have the Church to teach us.  Listen to your Mother, for Mary always leads us to her Son, Jesus, and as at Cana of Galilee, where Jesus was heading last week through Sychar, Mary calls us all to do whatever he tells us to do.  We will not be forsaken, ever!

18 Now the Jews did not believe that he had been blind and gained his sight until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
19 They asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?”
20 His parents answered and said, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
21 We do not know how he sees now, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for him self.”
22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Messiah, he would be expelled from the synagogue.
23 For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; question him.”
24 So a second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner.”
25 He replied, “If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.”
26 So they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”
28 They ridiculed him and said, “You are that man’s disciple; we are disciples of Moses!
29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this one is from.”
30 The man answered and said to them, “This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
32 It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.”
34 They answered and said to him, “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out.

There must be a time when our Faith is no longer the Faith of our mothers and our fathers, sisters or brothers!  Our Faith must become confirmed and personalized.  It must be a Faith of our own rooted in God's words.  The Faith of our Fathers must become one that is embodied in our Lord and Savior and his Church.  How else may we say this?

Jesus and his Church must become reality to us internally and personally.
Then, the faith we have becomes integrated with our Baptism and Confirmation.  The Sacraments become reality in the very heart of our being, because we possess a new creation of God and not of ourselves.  We have the Treasure (Jesus) in the earthen vessels to show us the transcendent power is of God and not of ourselves.  Our blessed Mother, Mary, understood the Holy One she carried.  How holy she was as our Immaculata!

35 When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he.”
38 He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.

How precious it is when Jesus reveals himself to us.

Jesus, the Son of Man... truly Divine, truly Human (perfectus Deus, perfectus Homo)

39 Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

This calls to memory the words of St. Paul to the Corinthian Church -- the wisdom of this world is foolishness with men (I Corinthians 2: 1- 16, read it!)

May God bless you in your journey that may lead you into the desert places with Mary, our Mother (Revelation 12).  Let us also remember that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us no matter what our Faith costs us!

Deus et Sanctissima...



Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Gospel according to St. John 11: 1-45

(Text readings for R.C.I.A. Scrutinies are from the New American Bible, Catholic Edition)

The formats of these scrutinies will be in a verse by verse or section by section format.  It is recommended that the entire text be read first, then pray, followed by breaking the text down and discussing each section (verse) in the context with the application for our lives... ergo, scrutinies...

May the Lord bless you in this very special time of preparation as catechumens and candidates... Ron Curley, also, a recent convert to our Roman Catholic Faith.

John 11:1-45

1 Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.

Here was one of the other Mary’s that loved the Lord.  This was Mary of Bethany, who also anointed the feet of Jesus after the rasing of Lazarus, (John 12:1).

Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill, seriously ill.

3 So the sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.”
4 When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

It is apparent that there was a close relationship between these people and Jesus, because St. John and Mary (our Mother) makes sure we know this.
Recall, it was Mary, the Mother of our Lord, that was given to St. John at the Cross.  Mary (our Mother) and John would speak much of all that she pondered in her heart over those years.

A strange happening comes about.  Jesus almost looks like he purposefully delays his leaving for Bethany.

6 So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the placewhere he was.
7 Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

Often, there are delays that we cannot explain, thinking that God does not care.  He delays, therefore, God must not care.  This is never true.

Yet, we think of the obstacles between the goals of Jesus and how we cannot see how God is able to accomplish his goals.  Life appears too complicated!
We cannot see what Jesus will do.

No so with Jesus.  He is the Light of the world.  He sees clearly.  He conveys the truth, because he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11 He said this, and then told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him.”
12 So the disciples said to him, “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
13 But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
14 So then Jesus said to them clearly, “Lazarus has died.
15 And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.”

Lazarus has died.

Is death so final for Jesus though?  It is so final to us.  How fittingly, it is Easter, that we are raised to newness of Life in Christ!

16 So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go to die with him.”

Thomas thinks only of death -- to die with him.

Am I like Thomas when I go with Jesus?

Should we not look at our journey to Christ at Easter as a journey to resurrection and newness of Life in Christ?

I think so, my beloved.  For, that indeed is what we are coming to... Life in Christ and his Church!  There is a new fellowship -- the Community of the Faithful.  WE do not live the Life of Faith outside the Community!

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles  away.
19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 (But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
24 Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”

How limited is our understanding?  Yet Jesus comes to do something personalized for each of us here.

Why is this?

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Do you and I believe this, my beloved?  If we believe this, and trust in Christ, and become partakers of his new life, we will live too!

27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, “The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
29 As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.
30 For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him.
31 So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32 When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Martha had said -- “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”

Mary of Bethany did this -- When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

There is something about Mary of Bethany that waited for him and came to where he was and fell at his feet and simply said this and no more.  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Jesus, our Immanuel, is with us, feeling what we feel in Mary of Bethany. . .

Now, we feel what Jesus feels for us.

How else may it be said?

How else could God have shown it?

What more need be said?

33 When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled,
34 and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
35 And Jesus wept.

Jesus wept.

If there was anything in all the world that would tell us how God feels about our condition and how God wants to help, these are the words my beloved!

Jesus WEPT. . .

Not just for Mary, and those who wept there, or, even for Lazarus.  No, he wept for you and me too.

But, how little the Jews, or we, understand.  It was not just Lazarus, it was all of them and us!  That was why he wept, for the text says it -- When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled,  and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”

And Jesus wept.

36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
37 But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?”
38 So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
42 I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44 The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Could he not have saved Lazarus?

But, wait. . .  Yes, Jesus did, indeed, because the resurrection of Jesus was in the plan of God the Father.

Listen my brothers and sisters -- it is because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ that Lazarus was raised, and we too shall live again someday.

The raising of Lazarus was a preview of things to come!

You and I may be on our way to the grave, but, we are not going to stay there forever.

There may be those we love in the grave, but, they will not stay there forever.

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, all will be raised either to life, or, everlasting judgment.

The choice becomes ours.

Faith in God brings life.

Faithlessness brings death.

Our scrutiny is to judge ourselves as to what is our Faith?

Faith in Christ brings Life in him.  Let is be converted as true sons and daughters of God through Faith in Christ Jesus.
That is the meaning of our Baptism and our Confirmation.  Walking in the newness of the Life we have in Christ Jesus.

45 Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

There is another Mary, too, that beckons us to her Son and the Life he has become for you and me.

Deus et Sanctissima.

A good journey for you in Christ. . .