For two thousand years Christians have venerated the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the physical location that proclaims the focus and summit of the Christian faith.
On this site Jesus Christ, a native Jew of the House of King David, proved through his passion and death, his miraculous resurrection, and his post-resurrection appearances that he is the great I AM, the one true God.
Why did he do this? It was for the benefit of everyone. Jesus is the Lamb of God who is the eternal sacrifice offered so that we may be reconciled to God and forgiven of our sins. This is the Gospel. This is indeed Good News!
No sin is out of reach of God's mercy through the body and blood of His Son, Our Lord Jesus.
No one can force you to accept His freely given forgiveness and love. Make your choice to begin following Him today and receive His peace.
The Risen Christ
Our ancient motto, "Deus Lo Vult!" (Latin for "God Wills It!) is generally regarded by most historians as originating as a cry for a "Just War" from the people present at the Council of Clermont in 1095, the "Just War" result was the First Crusade.
While this was indeed a historical event, the actual reference and context of the phrase comes directly from the New Testament book of 1 Timothy 2:1-6. Here the Word of God unambiguously states that God Wills everyone to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. It references prayer and evangelization as the preferred and pleasing actions which His followers should engage themselves with in order to achieve it.
As Christians and knighted defenders of the Catholic faith, we are charged with courageously spreading God's Truth in love; the Truth that there is only one God, and only one mediator between God and Man, Christ Jesus the Messiah.
News from Terra Santa Christian Media Center in Jerusalem
This week: The appeal of Pope Francis and local Franciscans for peace in Syria, the vocations of Syrian twins, the first photography academy in Palestine, the Rosary Sisters’ school for sewing and fashion design, and the Qumran scrolls at the Israel Museum.
At Jifna, near Ramallah, the photographer Arine Rinawi has established the first local academy specializing in the art of images.
The life of two brothers, students within the Custody of the Holy Land, reflects hope and a search for holiness, as called for in Gaudete et Exsultate, the recent Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.
At the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest extant biblical manuscripts.
In 1987, the Rosary Sisters established a center for instruction in sewing and fashion design. It offers theoretical and practical courses to students in Jerusalem.