“Do you love me? Feed my sheep!”

Holy  Year of Mercy
Holy Year of Mercy

“For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love.”

Last night I was blessed to be able to lead about 30 young people into the streets of San Diego to do exactly what Jesus told Peter “Feed My Sheep”. It was truly an honor to lead and watch these young people, prepare the food, plates with their love and attention and youthful vigor. When it was time to hit the streets, I saw the visual reality of the gravity of the situation. They were in position. They were out of their comfort zone, yet they were not afraid. They embraced the challenge and embraced the opportunity to be the Face of Christ to others.

I was blessed to see these young people excited to witness and also be the tenderness of God to others. Vietnam Veterans homeless, Gulf and Persian War Veterans homeless. Children of GOD, homeless. One of the Deacons that was with us, reminded them, “we are all three paychecks away from being in this same situation”, for trials and tribulations know no socio-economic, racial, ethnic or other boundaries.

These awesome young people brought hope to the hopeless; food to the hungry; light in the darkness; comfort to the abandoned, even if just for one moment in time.

It was such an honor to lead these vibrant and loving young people on a Mission, a Mission of Grace, a Mission of Mercy. They actually saw the Face of Christ in those whom we served and most importantly, I saw the face of Christ in these strong and courageous young people. They gave me hope for our society and for our Church. Tonight, they LIVED the Gospel and I saw the Face of God in them.
Keep on Keepin’ on!

Richard Lane Ministries

Keep on Keepin On!

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A Sign and Instrument of the Father’s Mercy…

 

Jubilee Year of Mercy
Jubilee Year of Mercy

“Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of

Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this

time of great historical change, is called to offer

more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness.

This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary,

we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves

the capacity to see what is essential.

This is a time for the Church to rediscover the

meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord

on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument

of the Father’s mercy.” ~ Pope Francis

It is evident and obvious in this day and age of relativism, we as Christians need to provide a more visible presence in this world. We have taken God out of our schools and look what has happened; we are trying to remove him from our government; look what is happening. We live in a United States of America that was founded on Judaeo Christian morals and principles, yet we still have states such as Oregon that are 87% non-Christian. We have a lot of work to do. We must be a visible sign of the presence and work of God in this world.

We live in a Microwave, drive thru, instant-messenger, instant-gratification society. We seek likes from Facebook, Retweets from Twitter, Snaps from Snapchat and instant recognition from Instagram. Distractions are around us all. The evil one’s desire is that we continue to be distracted in our daily lives; keeping us away from doing the Will of God. He wants to keep us B.U.S.Y = Burdened Under Satan’s Yoke

Our Holy Father is calling on all people of faith to recommitment; to rediscover the Joy of living, the Joy of Loving, the Joy of serving others; to rediscover the meaning of mission; “to be an instrument and sign of the Father’s Mercy”.

Christ Jesus was the VISIBLE sign of the Father’s Love. The Bible tells us that God so loved the WORLD that HE Gave. He gave all He had, which was His ONLY begotten Son; therefore Jesus became the VISIBLE sign of the Father’s Love and Mercy upon ALL men and women who shall believe.

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!

Keep on Keepin On!

Richard Lane Ministries

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His Mercy Endures Forever!

Go out and reach the Least, Lost and Most Abandoned. Let them see the Face of the Father's Mercy in you.
Go out and reach the Least, Lost and Most Abandoned. Let them see the Face of the Father’s Mercy in you.

“How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy,” ~ Pope Francis December 8, 2015

I have a new saying; “A Saint is nothing more than a sinner who fell down and got up multiple times.” We all fall short of the Glory of God. We are all sinners. Every last person who walks on this earth is a sinner, yet we ALL have been justified by the Grace of God. G.R.A.C.E. = God’s Righteousness At Christ’ Expense.

Calvary is the precipice upon which the Love of the Father is seen. It is the apex of the Mission of the Son of God. Unconditional mercy, unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness. Yet in our own judgment of others we do wrong to God and His Grace when we presuppose and place limitations upon His Mercy. The Bible teaches us “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever”  Psalm 136:1.

If we are called to an encounter with Christ; to be like Him who is the face of the Father’s mercy, then we are called to be that Face. The face of Love to the unloved, the face of healing to those who are hurting, and the face of forgiveness for those who have fallen short of the Mercy of God and have not had the opportunity to walk through His Open Door of Grace.

Let us not judge others, let us attempt to be the Face of Forgiveness; the Face of His Mercy, that we might be that voice crying out… GIVE THANKS unto the LORD for HE IS GOOD!

Keep on Keepin’ on!

Richard Lane Ministries

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Opening the Door of Mercy Vs. Condemnation…

Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally launching the Holy Year of Mercy, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The 12-month jubilee emphasizes what has become the leitmotif of his papacy: to show the merciful and welcoming side of a Catholic Church more often known for its moralizing and judgment. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, formally launching the Holy Year of Mercy, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The 12-month jubilee emphasizes what has become the leitmotif of his papacy: to show the merciful and welcoming side of a Catholic Church more often known for its moralizing and judgment. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

On December 8, 2015 Pope Francis opened the Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome symbolizing the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. His Holiness began by  providing a symbolic message of opening the doors of our hearts to Mercy; the Mercy of God upon us as well as extending that same Mercy to others in this world, rather than condemning each other for our own sinfulness.

The Holy Father chose December 8th for a special reason as this is the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. John Paul II wrote;

“… it marks the moment when the Holy Spirit, who had already infused the fullness of grace into Mary of Nazareth, formed in her virginal womb the human nature of Christ. This fullness marks the moment when, with the entrance of the eternal into time, time itself is redeemed, and being filled with the mystery of Christ becomes definitely “salvation time”.” 

~ Redemptoris Mater St. John Paul II

Through the great Fiat of the Blessed Mother, her yes opened the door of salvation to enter into the world; thus our yes, should open the door to salvation to all; “God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son…” ~ John 3:16

His Holiness, Pope Francis addressed almost 50,000 people this morning saying, “We have to put mercy before judgement, and in any event God’s judgment will always be in the light of His mercy.”

His mercy extends to all people; good, bad, right, wrong, better, worse, and indifferent, for all have fallen short of His Grace. ~ Romans 3:23 We should not condemn, but love as He loves us.

Throughout this Year of Mercy you will receive, hopefully, on a daily basis, reflections on this website taken directly from the Papal Bull of Indiction Misericordiae Vultus. It is our prayer that you would read, understand, implement and share the teachings and edicts given from our Holy Father, that we all might be the Face of the Father’s Mercy to all.

Keep on Keepin’ on!

Richard Lane Ministries

San Diego, join us for the Goretti Group Friday Dec 4th

The Goretti Group
The Goretti Group

Please join us Friday December 4th for a GLORIOUS evening filled with Grace.

The Goretti Group welcomes EWTN Personality and Internationally Renown Catholic Lay Evangelist Richard Lane. Mr. Lane will be speaking about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Advent and Chastity.

“This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of mission… to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s Mercy” ~ Pope Francis

Please join us at Our Lady of the Rosary 1629 Columbia St., San Diego, CA. 92101. Adoration and Confession at 5:30; Holy Mass 6:30; Meal will be served at 7:30 and Mr. Lane’s presentation will begin at 8pm. ALL are welcome to join us!

November is Black Catholic History Month – November 12th

St. Monica
St. Monica

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Today we celebrate the life of St.  Monica.

She was married by arrangement to a Pagan man in North Africa. Although he was much older than she, and generous, he was also a very violent man. Her mother-in-law was equally as difficult to deal with as she lived with them as well. Monica had three children, Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua. Through her persistent and patient prayers, Monica’s Husband and Mother-in-law were both converted to the Catholic Faith in 370a.d. Her husband died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius both entered into Religious life, while Augustine, well, lets say he LIVED his life in a very … SECULAR way. St. Monica prayed for 17 years, begging the prayers of Priests, who for a while, tried to avoid her because of her great persistence. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrose in 387AD. Monica died later that same year while on her way back to Africa, from Rome.
Let us all pray for mothers whose children have fallen into the ‘secular world’ and who are IN and OF the world. Let us learn persistence in our own prayers, and cease not our crying out to Jesus. For the tears we cry, MUST be heard in the Heavens.
St. Monica, ora pro nobis!
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November is Black Catholic History Month – November 10th…

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We continue our celebration of Black Catholic History Month today, November 10th, in telling the stories of those who have made a significant impact upon the Church. Those of African, African-American and those of non-color that have helped to advance the Gospel Message to millions around the world and especially in this Nation. 
 
 
“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” (Matthew 27:32)
 
Today we reflect upon the life of St. Simon of Cyrene, although much is not known about this man ‘of color’, his small contribution is not only told in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but we also reflect upon his ‘mission’ in the 5th Station of the Cross.
 
As Simon was walking into the city of Jerusalem with his two sons, he noticed the hustle and bustle of the city, which was normal, but it seemed a bit different on this trip. As we in modern day society know with traffic accidents, things slow down and everyone wants to ‘rubber neck’ and watch; so was the case in this time. Simon, with his two sons in tow, moved closer to the commotion when he realized it was ‘this Jesus’, the reported Messiah; the Healer, the Preacher and the Teacher; the one who claimed to be ‘the Son of God’, had been arrested, beaten, set with a crown of thorns upon his head, and was being led to His execution; even forced to carry his own instrument of death – the Cross.
 
I place myself in the same position as Simon was in and thinking as a father would, with his children present, ‘what should I do’? I would like to believe that I would have done the same as Simon; ensuring my children were safe and then press forward to see if there was anything (however little it might be) that I could do.
 
I am certain that Simon was appalled at what was transpiring and more than likely shouted at the Roman Soldiers, for doing what they were doing, when all of a sudden, a Soldier forced Simon ‘into service’; demanding that he (Simon) pick up the Cross and carry it for Jesus. Imagine looking down upon Christ, broken, battered, bloodied and bruised; picking up this ‘tree’ that had fallen upon him and helping him (Christ) to his feet.
 
Let us learn from this great Saint our ‘mission’; we too must bear our share of the burdens for the sake of the Gospel. We too must pick up the Cross of Christ and carry the Good News of Salvation into all the strata of humanity; extolling, Christ destroyed Death, so that we might LIVE IN HIM, forever more…
 
Thank you St. Simon of Cyrene for teaching us love and compassion; for giving us strength and courage to pick up the Cross of Jesus, for the sake of all mankind!
 
St. Simon of Cyrene, Pray for us!
 
Blessings and Peace, and remember… KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON!!!

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November is Black Catholic History Month – “How we got over”

Nightwatch Services – “How We Got Over”…

Night WatchI have seen this on the internet several times and feel impelled to share it. This is part of the History of the United States, Black, White, Hispanic, et. al. We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord and share in it’s struggles and triumphs. This article is only a small portion of the strength, faith and love millions had and continue to have for this Nation. God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

Evangelist Richard Lane, RichardLaneMinistries.com

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“Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of “Watch Night Services,” the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year’s Eve.


The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. To 10 p.m. And ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year. 


Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year’s Eve event. Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service — made a bit more Afro centric because that’s what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church. 

Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs.
In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year’s Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year’s Eve services in African American congregations. 

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.
Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free.

NightWatchWhen the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God.
Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

It’s been 145 years since that first Freedom’s Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate “how we got over.””

Richard Lane Ministries

November is Black Catholic History Month – November 7th…

Thank you for celebrating Black Catholic History Month. Today’s post is thanks to HolyAngels.com

“Henriette Delille, a descendant of slaves, is the first US-born black whose cause for Canonization has been officially opened by the Roman Catholic Church. At the early age of 14, she was one of ten black girls who taught religion to the slaves of old New Orleans (which was illegal at the time). Her family, however, had other plans. She 

was born to an ancestral quadroon family who trained and supplied women to be the mistresses of white men – which Henriette refused to do, since she wished to be a nun.

In 1836 she and another woman tried to establish an interracial religious community, but found great resistance in the laws of the time which forbad whites and blacks from living together or developing formal contractual agreements. This setback only made her more determined. Her biography states that she believed that “One day, somehow, she, a woman of African descent, would be a nun in New Orleans, the slave mart of the country, where her people were in distress and no one was going to persuade her to go elsewhere or do anything else.”

Henriette’s dream came closer to reality in 1842 when she and two other formed a “pious union” which eventually came to be known as the Sisters of the Holy Family. The group cared for people who were elderly, orphaned, illiterate, sick, dying and the poor of her own race. In 1852 this group took formal vows for the first time, and in 1870 were recognized by the church as a religious community. Still, it was not until 1872 that they were allowed to wear a habit, so controversial was their group.

One nun of her order, Sr. Sylvia Thibodeaux said “Without her courage and strong faith, this community would not have existed. We revere her memory ands want the universal church to share in the beauty of her life …”

Her life commitment continued to inspire controversy in every part of New Orleans. Quadroons thought she was rebellious and stubborn. Whites thought she was uppity because she aspired to a life that they had reserved for white women. The Sisters of her order were ridiculed by women and sexually harassed by white men. The institutional Church regarded their work as “harmless” religious education of blacks. The city regarded their work as defiance. The black men and women of new Orleans regarded them as “family” – a holy family who comforted, fed, housed and educated the disinherited of American society.

Henriette died in 1862 – but her dream lives on in the 250 Sisters of the Holy Family working in 4 states, and Belize, Central America. Her story has now piqued the interest of Hollywood (to her supporters dismay) – entertainer Vanessa Williams portrayed Sister Henriette Delille in a 1999 made-for-TV movie about Henriette’s life called “The Quadroon Ball”. Rev. Cyprian Davis has written a comprehensive biography of her life. The first step in the process to have her declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church has begun.

But whatever the world or formal church decides about Henriette, there is no doubt that before God and the world, she was a strong black Catholic woman of faith – a model of “God overcoming”.

The above graphic and the following prayer for the canonization of Sister Henriette Delille are from the website indicated below.

Prayer for the Beatification of Henriette Delille

O good and gracious God, you called Henriette Delille to give herself in service and in love to the slaves and the sick, to the orphan and the aged, to the forgotten and the despised. Grant that inspired by her life we might be renewed in heart and mind. If it be your will, may she one day be raised to the honor of sainthood. By her prayers may we live in harmony and peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.””

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November is Black Catholic History Month. Sister Thea Bowman

Black Catholic History Month – November 6 we celebrate one of my FAVORITE modern day (should be saint one day) giants of Catholicism, the great Sister Thea Bowman. She was and continues to be an AWESOME example for us all. Read and share her story.

November is Black Catholic History Month, where we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us, that have made a significant impact upon the Church in the United States of America. Today we celebrate the life of a non-canonized saint (but she is a Saint in the truest form of the word to millions), Sister Thea Bowman.

Black nun being examined for sainthood‘She touched everybody’s heart,’ Homewood pastor says in recalling his encounterswith Sister Thea Bowman

Friday, November 28, 2003

By Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sister Thea Bowman’s pleas for racial understanding could move men to tears. At a U.S. Catholic

bishops’ conference in 1990, she told the mostly white Catholic hierarchy that black is beautiful.

 
 

“God didn’t make junk,” she said, challenging the bishops to do more to celebrate the gifts and legacy of black American Catholics.

Though Sister Thea, as she was called, was weakened by bone cancer and used a wheelchair, she drew from the Negro spiritual and was “in no ways tired.”

She spoke of an old-time religion that bound people in love and then went on to lead the bishops in singing “We Shall Overcome.”

When she finished, the bishops wept, gave her a standing ovation and lined the hallway to greet the frail black woman draped in African robes as she exited the building.

“She touched everybody’s heart,” said the Rev. David Taylor of Homewood’s St. Charles Lwanga parish, as he recalled the conference and his personal meetings with Sister Thea.

“She could go into any place and spiritualize it.”

From a rural crossroads town in Mississippi, Sister Thea began a journey that made her a nationally known speaker, singer, liturgist and advocate of black spirituality.

Before she died of cancer at 52 in 1990, her work landed her a spot on CBS Television’s “60 

Minutes.” Harry Belafonte met her in Mississippi in 1989 in hopes of doing a movie on her life. Novelist Margaret Walker Alexander started but never finished a biography of Sister Thea.

The Catholic Church has begun the process of closely examining her life to see if she is worthy of canonization, but to those who knew her, Sister Thea is already a saint.

There are black women among the church’s 4,500 saints, most notably St. Monica, the mother of the North African St. Augustine, who is credited with shaping Catholic theology, but no American black women.

Besides Sister Thea, two other black American women are being considered for sainthood: Mother Mary Lange, who started Baltimore’s Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1829, and Mother Henriette DeLille, who founded an order restricted to black women in New Orleans in 1842.

But Sister Thea, who has been called Mother Teresa with soul, is a contemporary figure.

There are 62 million American Catholics — about 2 million of them black. It would have powerful resonance to see someone like Sister Thea — who walked among them — elevated to saint.

“She left us — African-Americans — more encouragement to be who we are and to be more effective leaders in the church,” said Taylor.

Sister Thea is recalled each March at Duquesne University, which holds a dinner in her honor to raise scholarship funds for black students. The recognition moves beyond the campus Sunday as a Pittsburgh tri-parish committee commemorates Sister Thea as part of its yearlong Celebration of Black Saints.

“She did so much to affirm blacks in the church,” said Taylor. “Her sainthood would be a victory for us all.”

Sister Thea, the granddaughter of slaves, was born “Bertha” in Yazoo City, Miss. Her father was a physician and her mother a teacher. Public schools in the Mississippi Delta were so bad that after five years, Sister Thea still could not read.

Her distraught parents, who highly valued education, sent her to the Holy Child Jesus, a school for black children run by the Franciscan order of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

The dedicated nuns never shied from “begging” for better books or gym clothes; they had the strong students tutor the weaker ones; they involved the children’s parents in fund-raising.

Sister Thea was baptized Episcopalian and raised as a Methodist, but, because of the strong influence of the sisters, became a Catholic at 10. Her life was shaped by their work.

“I had witnessed so many Catholic priests, brothers and sisters who made a difference that was far-reaching. I wanted to be part of the effort to help feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless and teach the children,” she wrote 13 years ago when preparing notes for an autobiography in a Catholic magazine.

At 15, she entered the Rose Convent in LaCrosse, Wis., as a first step toward becoming a Franciscan nun, taking the name Thea. She was the first and only black person at the convent.

Sister Thea went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in literature and linguistics and became a national presence for promoting intercultural understanding.

She started in her own back yard, going home in 1978 to help care for her elderly parents and teaching about the Native American and black American heritage in Mississippi.

“The heck with the melting pot,” she once wrote. “If you want to melt and fit into my mold, if you want to adopt my values and way of life, go right ahead, but don’t expect me to melt to fit into yours.”

Sister Thea preached that for Africans, Asians and Hispanics to assimilate or melt into the pot was to become “half gray.”

It was a dulling of the cultures that she thought robbed people of the “richness, beauty, wholeness and harmony of what God created.”

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