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July 16th, 2012

Greg Olsen Paintings

Greg Olsen Paintings, 28 sample paintings of the blessed artist Greg Olsen, are given above. Click on any thumbnail to see a bigger picture. But please keep in mind that these paintings are only samples and you can get the original painting only from Greg’s official website www.gregolsen.com

About Greg Olsen

Greg was blessed with very supportive parents who always encouraged him and provided opportunities for him to pursue his passion of art. Greg remembers a time as a teenager when he had been hired to paint a large sign for a local grocery store. It was wintertime and too cold to paint in the garage so his parents let him set up a workshop in his bedroom. He promptly spilled two quarts of black and orange enamel paint all over his bedroom carpet. Amazingly, his parents still encouraged him in his artistic endeavors.

From an early age I have always been fascinated by paintings that create mood, emotion and atmosphere; especially those paintings that lift me and transport me to some far off place. These are the elements I strive to create in my paintings. My paintings in many ways record what is most important to me: my feelings and experiences with family and friends along with the spiritual aspects of my life. My hope is that in these images you will find something familiar, something which will resonate and remind you of what is important in your own life. — Greg Olsen

By the time Greg reached Jr. high School he began to take it quite seriously, and when he entered Bonneville High School he was fortunate to have an extremely good art teacher, who perhaps, contributed more to Greg’s art education and desire to make it his life’s work than any other person. To know more about Greg Olsen and his paintings, goto this website.

To purchase portraits and paintings, go to Greg Olsen Store

July 15th, 2012

Confession Explained Video

Confession Explained video clip is given right above. Please play it. It is the full version which is 6:07 minutes long.

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Right-click on the above download link and select “save target as” or “save link as” to save the video to your computer.

The above confession video answers the 3 popular questions which most Catholics and Non-Catholics have in their minds. They are:

1. Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?
2. Where is that in the Bible?
3. Would Jesus approve?

Confession = Reconciliation

God gave this special privilege to forgive the sins of others to the descendants of the Apostles i.e. the bishops and priests of today. Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on his disciples and told them “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23)

They hear our sins and forgive them in HIS name and also gives us a penance. Penance has to do with repenting of sins already forgiven by God through the grace of the sacrament of confession. Penance is for our benefit. We repent by practicing the opposite virtue of the sins committed to strengthen ourselves against the temptation to sin. And prayer – turning back to God – is one of the best ways to repent and turn away from sin.

Check these related articles for more info on the sacrament of reconciliation:

Why Should I Confess My Sins To A Priest

Reconciliation – Confession

Will God Forgive My Grave Sins?

July 14th, 2012

Was Pilate Afraid Of The Jews or Jesus?

Was Pilate Afraid Of The Jews or Jesus

It is incredible to hear that the highest political authority in the world of Christ’s time was frightened of the weakest, the meekest and the most harmless man of the day. The question arises: why was he so afraid of Jesus? Was he frightened of the Jews or Jesus? What were his inhibitions and dilemmas? Was Pilate really the most powerful man of the day? What had really caused his fear?

Let us succinctly probe into these queries.Our question hinges around the “phobia syndrome” of Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Syria and Palestine. Was he afraid of the Jews or Jesus? The fear of the Jews (crowd) is justifiable, but of the latter is not so. Why? Why should he be afraid of a criminal condemned to the cross? Is he not the weakest and the most harmless person on earth?

“When Pilate heard these words, he was more afraid” (Jn 19:8). Now the question arises. What were “these words” that frightened the highest political authority of the day? How could some reported words of the “Chief Priests,” the highest spiritual authority of the Jews frightened the Governor? What were these reported words of the Jewish authorities? What were their real implications? “He made himself the Son of God” (Jn 19:7). The fear has to do something with the divine title: “the Son of God.”

We remember that when the temple police went to arrest Jesus, “they fell down to the ground” (Jn 18:6) at the majestic pronouncement of His Name: “I am He” (Jn 18:5). Elsewhere the Saviour mentioned that there is sin if we don’t believe the implications of this title: “I am He” (Jn 8:24). The fullest revelation of this divine Name was revealed only to Moses: “God said to Moses, “I am WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14). It is a blessing and grace to know “who He is?”

The context reveals that Pilate was “frightened” of the divine utterance, “the Son of God,” and so he entered the praetorium once again and enquired of the origin of the “Son of God”: “From where are you?” (Jn 19:9). The truth of the matter is that “when Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from?” (Jn 7:27).

In fact in the middle of the temple Jerusalem, he asked them: “You know me, and you know where I come from?” (Jn 7:28). Later on, Christ had to reverse the role: Christ the Son of God will judge the sons of man, including Pilate (Mt 25:31). And at the divine name of Jesus, every knee shall bend and every tongue shall confess that Christ is Lord (Phil 2:10-11).

Why was Pilate so frightened? Why did he tremble before the weakest criminal? The answer lies in one of the Psalms: “Tremble O earth, at the presence of the Lord” (Ps 114:7) for he comes to rule the earth! It was the utterance of the divine name that frightened Pilate, for God has exalted “Thy Name and thy Word above everything” (Ps 138:2).

– – – written by Fr. J. Eapan SDB

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