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August 18th, 2010

Shroud of Turin – Holy Face of Jesus

Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin – The Real Holy Face of Jesus

Is the Shroud of Turin fake or real?

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth believed by some to have covered the buried body of Jesus Christ. Accounts of Jesus’ followers wrapping his body with a linen cloth are mentioned in all four gospels (Matthew 27:59,Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53, John 19:40). The shroud, which has a known history dating back to 1353, is about 14-feet long by four feet wide. It is called the Shroud of Turin because it permanently resides in the city of Turin, Italy, though on occasion it is exhibited elsewhere.

The shroud bears markings that appear to be front and back impressions of a crucified man. Apparently, the cloth was folded over itself, one half above the man, the other half below. Interestingly, the man’s wounds are consistent with the wounds inflicted upon Jesus during the torture He endured leading up to His crucifixion. There appear to be wounds around the hairline, matching the biblical description of the crown of thorns. Several small stripe-like wounds extend from the shoulders to the lower legs, matching the biblical description of His torture by whipping. There is also a wound in the area of the chest, which matches the description of the piercing wound inflicted on Jesus shortly after His death.

Shroud of Turin – Experts say

What do experts think about the Shroud of Turin? That depends on who you ask. Some experts consider the Shroud of Turin to be authentic, while others believe that it is a rather sophisticated hoax. A few people have even claimed that the shroud was never intended to be anything more than a work of art. This explanation doesn’t seem probable because of the shroud’s unique design, a style that had never been observed in any previous major work of art. This fact leads most experts to conclude that the shroud is either authentic or it is purposely designed to look as if it is authentic.

The ‘Holy face of Jesus’ picture, the holiest of all Jesus Pictures, has been venerated by Saints like St. Francis DeSales, St. John Don Bosco, Pope Saint Pius X and revealed by miraculous visions to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (Little Flower) and to Blessed Sister Maria Pierina De Micheli (beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 30, 2010). All these holy souls believed and venerated the image on the Shroud as the true picture of Jesus.

All our recent Popes have strongly asked us to venerate the ‘Holy face of Jesus’. Their quotes on the Holy Shroud picture are given further down on this page, but we will highlight here just one quote, by our late saintly Polish Pope, Pope John Paul II – “Why don’t we contemplate the Icon of Icons: The Holy Face of Jesus! Instead of icons made by man, let us venerate the greatest icon of all: The Holy Face of Jesus!”

The burial cloth of Jesus had been kept hidden, for most of the time, during the 2000 years of its history, for the safety and protection of this most holy relic. Since the year 1578, the holy Shroud is preserved with utmost care in the Royal Chapel of the ex-kings of Italy, in the city of Turin. Since the holy Shroud is preserved and kept in the Royal Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, it is commonly referred to as the ‘Shroud of Turin’ or the ‘Turin Shroud’.

More on the Shroud of Turin at this website.

What do you think? Is the Shroud of Turin real or fake?

August 1st, 2010

Spirit Who Makes You Holy

Spirit Who Makes You Holy

As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation — a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth – (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

Salvation is connected to two central realities — first, we trust the truth about Jesus, and second, the Spirit of God comes into our lives, making us holy and making his home inside us. Paul uses it as confirmation to the Thessalonians to help remind them of their salvation.

Jesus talks about these two central realities with Nicodemus as he explains the new birth (John 3:1-21). Those who responded to the first message after Jesus’ resurrection experienced these two realities (Acts 2:33-41). When these two realities are part of a person’s life, there is reason to rejoice and give thanks!

Prayer : O Father, my heart is pulled two different directions as I think about these two realities. First, I rejoice and give thanks for those I know who have confessed Christ, been baptized, and have received the Holy Spirit. Second, my heart aches for several that I love deeply that need to experience these realities. O dear Father, please use me to encourage the first group and to lead the others to know Jesus more completely. It is in the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord, that I pray. Amen.

April 15th, 2010

Spirit of God Leads Us

Spirit of God Leads Us

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. – (Romans 8:14)

Parents lead their children till they are ready for life on their own. As we cry out to God as our Abba Father (Rom. 8:15), God leads us. We are his young children and he leads and guides us through the influence and work of the Holy Spirit.

This is why Jesus told his closest followers that he would not leave them as orphans when he went back to the Father. Instead, he would send them the Comforter — the Counselor, the Intercessor, the Advocate — whom we know as the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18). So as God’s dearly loved children, we can choose to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, or we can rebel and live on our own.

But life and peace are found in living in step with the Spirit’s lead (Rom. 8:6), while rebellion and death are the result of living on our own without the Father’s help (Rom. 6:23; 8:6-7). Because the Father has demonstrated his love for us through the gift of his Son, let’s listen for our Father’s voice and follow our Father’s heart by responding to the lead of the Holy Spirit!

Prayer : O Father, you are righteous and holy, gracious and merciful. Thank you for claiming me as your child. Thank you for not leaving me alone, left only to my own power, as I try to live for you. I intentionally submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, knowing that the Spirit’s presence in my life is a gift from your love to help me live as your beloved child. I thank you, in the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.

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