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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Way Of The Cross

The Way of the Cross is a traditional practice of meditating devoutly on the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus, particularly the suffering He endured on His way to His Crucifixion. The wide-spread devotion is usually practiced on Friday, during spiritual retreats, and most especially, during Lent.

Historical Background. In the early centuries of Christianity, the faithful marked with a cross and a picture each place along the Via Dolorosa (Sorrowful Way) where Jesus experienced the most significant occurrences as He staggered along the way to Calvary. Those places called stations. The pilgrims who went to Jerusalem would stop at each station in prayerful meditation.

As Christianity grew and spread, many of the faithful found it difficult to go to Jerusalem. So, they were encouraged to make the Way of the Cross in their own communities by reflecting and praying at the stations of the Via Dolorosa represented by either a painting or a statue.

Over the centuries, the number and sequence of the stations varied from eleven to thirty-seven. In 1731, Pope Clement XII fixed the number of stations at fourteen, arranged in the order familiar to us, i.e.:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus accepts the cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets His mother
  5. Simon takes the cross from Jesus
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of His clothes
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
  14. Jesus is buried
After Vatican II, many theologians suggested that the resurrection be included. Some theologians also proposed that the different stations reflect more closely the Gospel accounts of Jesus Christ's passion and death. Thus, some new sequences based on the Gospel were suggested. Others kept the traditional sequence and merely added a fifteenth station for Resurrection. The sequence that follows is based on the pamphlet issued by Word and Life Publications in 1992.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Fountain Hills Real Estate

The Town of Fountain Hills Real Estate sits 500 feet above the capital city in the eastern sloop of the McDowell Mountains and is only about 20 square miles in its entirety. With less than 23,000 residents, Fountain Hills is the perfect place to escape from the urban sprawl that is occurring in parts of Scottsdale and Phoenix. The city of Scottsdale is located just west of Fountain Hills and is only about 15 minutes way from the heart of Scottsdale. Other valley cities are easily reach with access to the Beeline HWY, as well as the 202.

The community's most valuable asset is its beauty incredible views and natural terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses you'll find in the country.Fountain Hills is also home to some of the valley's premier golf courses, including golf club at eagle mountain, Sunridge canyon golf club, we-ko-pa golf club, and fire rock golf club. If you play golf and you haven't played at one of these courses, what are you waiting for?

In addition to the assets above, Fountain Hills is known for its world famous water fountain, which rises into the air 10 feet higher than the
Washington Monument. The fountain sits in the middle of a lake surrounded by a 32 acre park at the eastern end of the avenue of the fountains.

The fountain has been attracting visitors from all over the world for nearly 30 years, first activating on December 15, 1970. For years following its introduction to the world Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the ''worlds highest'' fountain. Fountain Hills also offer a variety of festivals throughout the year including Fountain Hills Arts and Crafts, and Fountain Hills great fair. For inquiries visit their website today.

Friday, February 5, 2010

God's Hope

When all my hope seems to be gone, I shall not give up for I
know there is hope in Christ.When everything in my life seems dark and bleak, I shall not
give up for I shall embrace the hope of all humanity, the hope that rests in the
Light and Love of Christ my Savior. When I see others who have no hope, I shall reach out to
them and give them the same hope in love Christ has given me.