Dear Bruce, thank you for providing this Lenten and Holy Week journey. Your clarity and simplicity coupled with our Church’s doctrine and teaching give me so much spiritual nourishment each day. May the blessings of The Risen Jesus be on you and your team. Thank you.
Thank you Bruce
God bless you. You are bringing me closer to His peace. I am uplifted and so grateful to Him working in my life through you and your team. Jesus I trust in You. Amen
God bless you for the wonderful Lenten programme, for spreading God’s word and the Easter message and for just being to us The Catholic Guy.
Thank you Bruce; I have never heard this homily before and I will return and listen again and again. What a Saviour. Praise His Holy Name.
A beautiful reading. Thank you Bruce for the inspiring daily message and prayer during this Lenten season. It has brought so much more meaning to me.
May God bless you in abundance. Thank you for your messages of truth.
What a beautiful way to end the Lenten retreat we have just experienced, and also commence life as Jesus would want us to, by following his example and living out his wishes each day in a warm and welcoming way with all we meet each day.
For me this has been my greatest lenten participation ever being able to fulfill most if not all what I set out to achieve to bring me closer to God.
I pray for all that this has been a wonderful experience as well and thank Bruce and his great team for providing the lenten program with death and clarity that we can follow and understand. God’s grace and blessings to you all
He gave it all 4 me & what have i given 4 him. My lord & my God I thank you.
Bruce, These reflections have helped me to journey more closely with Jesus during Holy Week. Thank you.
Thank you, Bruce for your inspirations and prayers.
Awesome ending to what has been the best lenten preparation in my life to date.
Thanku u Jesus for your wordthrough this team who are so obedient to your call. Please bless them abundantly. Thanku . AMEN.
What a splendid prayer! It made my heart sing. Thank you Bruce for all the good teaching you have done for us all over this Lent and Easter. I’ll look forward to travelling the journey with you again next year.
Thank you Bruce and to your team. You always seem to speak to me about topics that I need to spend time with to turn my life more towards my Lord.
I listened and listened again to the homily for Easter Saturday. My inner voice said Stop…..allow it to penetrate as to how the Spirit is speaking to me today….and I did…that is why it has taken me so long to reply. I heard. Something strange is happening……Rise up work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise let us..(allow) leave this place,for you are in me and I am in you together we form only ONE person who cannot be separated…..This is the Good News we are all awaiting to really hear…..simple, yet hard..indeed a paradox…to dive into.
Thank you Bruce for bringing this Holy Saturday homily to our attention and for our reflection. It is the first time I’m hearing it and it best sums up what Jesus has done and what He continues to do for us all. Your right Bruce I will need to hear it several times in order to understand fully what the Lord did from the start with Adam and Eve to me today. Even then I still believe it to be beyond my human capacity to understand the ways of our God completely and why He loves us so much the way He does.
Thank you Bruce and TCG team once again for a wonderful, inspiring Lenten and Holy Week program.You helped make the journey special and spiritually rewarding. God bless all of you and your ministry.
This homily is very enlightening.
Bruce how do I get a copy of this prayer.
Thank you, for your beautiful Lenten messages.
From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday
The Lord’s descent into the underworld
Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.
Thank you Bruce, that was amazing! I have never heard that before. I will listen to these, even after Easter. God bless you!
Hi Bruce and all at the TCG ministry. Thankyou. Thanks for making this Lent more meaningful.
Wish you all a Holy and Happy Easter.
God bless you all and your ministry.
Thank you Bruce and may God bless you
Many thanks, Bruce for sharing this ancient homily. May the blessings of The Risen Lord Jesus be on you and your Ministry.
Thank you for letting us all know about such a lovely Prayer of Hope for each one of us that He is working in us despite our humanity to be such that we can be reunited with Him in Heaven. Thank you for a loving walk through Lent with you and your team to be with Him and draw closer to Him for this Easter reunion with Joy, Hope, Peace and Love!
Happy Easter, Bruce and family in The Catholic Guy ministry.
iam suffering from a stroke pray for me thank you bruce
Thank you Bruce for allowing me to go along on this Lenten Journey. I look forward to seeing what you have to say every day. I will miss having this as a part of my daily routine. You have given me so much food for thoughr and encouragement for a better Lent. You are amazing and I know God will continue to bless you on this path you are on…..
Sweet Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. The Lord our God is One. We are all One.
Thank you Bruce. That translation of the ancient homily is quite different from the one I have. It is beautiful and really spoke to me. Thank you for giving us the script above. I shall use it again and again I feel.
Thank you so much for walking through this lent with us. You have truly been an inspiration. I look forward to receiving your extended messages for as long as they last but will surely miss your daily visits.
Thank you Bruce and your team for helping me take this Lenten Journey starting with the Mission at St Ignatius Toowoong and your thoughtful talks each day since then. Blessings to you all.
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