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THE WAY OF THE CROSS: Conquest of Paradise

THE WAY OF THE CROSS: Conquest of Paradise

(New FBA Music Video on the Stations of the Cross by St. Josemaria Escriva w/music by Vangelis)

 

Dear Friends and Subscribers of FBA,

Each Easter, FBA creates and presents a new music video for Holy Week.  This year is no exception and we have just released the worldwide debut of our new film, “The Way of the Cross.”  It is a short video of Jesus’ Passion and Death as presented in the Stations of the Cross.  It’s message is “joy and hope” for all through the Redemptive Sufferings of Christ.

This year’s film is very special.  In our New Jersey parish, we’ve spiritually adopted a sweet 12 year-old girl who with her family are fighting Cancer.  Recently the parish had a community Rosary said in our Chapel in thanksgiving for graces already received and to succor additional prayers and other Acts of Mercy on her behalf.

What ultimately materialized was a music video unifying the Redemptive Value of Sufferings for our Savior, our parish child, and in hope for all those fighting diseases of the body.  You are special.  You have shared and enter in Jesus’own corporal pain.

The film offers a universal message for all who suffer, and Christ’s invitation unite with Him in His victory over the flesh.

Finally, in making this video all text comes from the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva and the music is by Vangelis, composted and performer of the movie soundtrack, 1942:  Conquest of Paradise.

Pray for Grace,

nic haros
Director, FacebookApostles.org

Son of God Movie Review by Nic Haros

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Son of God Movie Review 

by Nic Haros, Director of Facebook Apostles.
February 28, 2014

Yes.  Now I can say that I’ve actually seen the Son of God movie and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to Catholics, Christians, and non-believers alike.  The scenes and dialogue from the movie (and the emotions it invoked) are still now playing on my mind.  I do have some thoughts on the movie, which I’d like to share. 

In summary, I was awestruck by the performance of Roma Downey (co-producer) as Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Though missed by most, I think, this movie not only experienced the life of Jesus and His mission on earth, but also shed some light on the story as perceived by Mary.  I will develop that idea in a bit.

First, I’d like to respond to some of thoughts shared by you, Page Fans of Facebook Apostles.  All in all, those who have seen it have had a very good experience watching the film and most have liked it.  Some have “criticized” the movie (falsely, I think) on a number of points.

Most respondents have drawn comparison to other Jesus movies such as the Passion of the Christ and Jesus of Nazareth.  I think such comparisons (favorably and unfavorably) are unfair.  All three are very different movies though the subject matter is the same.  The Jesus of Nazareth movie was, in my opinion, a narrative of the events in the New Testament.  The Passion of the Christ was a cerebral film—it appealed just as much to our psyche as to our emotions.  Son of God, I think, was different.  Of the three movies, SOG presented the most hopeful ending and message.  The joy and peace of living and loving the Beatitudes is made known to following Christians to come and clearly offered a path of redemption by Christ.  The message of this movie was the universal call to all to Evangelize.  Not so with the other two films. Continue reading

2013 FacebookApostles.org in Review by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

24 Hour+ Christmas Music Playlist from Facebook Apostles!

FBA Christmas Music

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE_I3UHxkkmr9Rhre3apS

 

Click Link Above

Merry Christmas to all and in particular all our Facebook Apostles. We thank you for all your support throughout the past year and for sharing our Page and Posts.

Music Playlist of Sacred, Religious, and Secular songs for your entertainment and enjoyment. These are the works YOU SUGGESTED. The playlist contains over 24 hours of continuous music which can be started, paused, or replayed at any time. stopped, and replayed at any time.

To activate, please click on the link above. Once there, you can choose whether to play the songs in order or in random fashion.

Play the music on your headset, through your television, or HiFi. However, enjoy your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

nic,

FBA Admin

FACEBOOK APOSTLES “Likes” on Facebook Surpass 14K

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FACEBOOK APOSTLES “Likes” on Facebook Surpass 14K

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church By Kerri Lenartowick

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church

By Kerri Lenartowick

 
Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4. Credit: Kyle Burkhart / CNA.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 4. Credit: Kyle Burkhart / CNA.

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme, “Announcing Christ in the digital age.”

“The internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development re-proposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope said Dec. 7 to the participants of the council’s 26th plenary assembly.

“Already during the first centuries of Christianity, the Church wanted to face the extraordinary heritage of the Greek culture. Facing a very profound philosophy and an educational method of exceptional value, but soaked in pagan elements, the (early Christian) Fathers were not closed to debate, but on the other hand neither did they surrender to compromise with certain ideas contrary to faith,” the Pope explained.

“They knew, rather, to identify and assimilate the more elevated concepts, transforming them from the inside by the light of the Word of God.”

The pontiff linked this approach to that of St. Paul, who wrote, “examine everything and keep what is good.”

“Between the opportunities and the dangers of the network, it is necessary to ‘examine everything,’ conscious that we will find counterfeits, dangerous illusions, and snares to be avoided,” he cautioned.

“But, guided by the Holy Spirit, we will also discover precious opportunities to lead mankind to the luminous face of the Lord.”

Pope Francis then explained the challenges in digital communications faced by the Church.

“Amongst the possibilities,” he noted, “the most important regards the announcement of the gospel.” Moreover, “it’s not sufficient to acquire technological competence, although that is important.”

Rather, at the crux “it is a matter, first of all, of meeting real women and men, often injured or lost, in order to offer them real reasons for hope.”

This announcement of the gospel cannot happen apart from “authentic and direct human relationships” which then lead to “a personal meeting with the Lord.” Therefore,  concluded the Pope, “the internet is not enough, technology is not sufficient.”

“This is not to say that the presence of the Church on the internet is useless; on the contrary, it is indispensable to be present, always with evangelical style,” he noted.
It is necessary because the internet “has become for everyone, especially for youth, a kind of environment of life.” The Church’s presence there can serve “to awaken the irrepressible questions of the heart, about the meaning of life, and to indicate the way that leads to Him who is rest, the divine mercy made flesh, the Lord Jesus.”

The Pope closed his audience by thanking the members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity for their work.

“Dear friends, the Church is always in a journey, to search again for new ways to announce the gospel. The contribution and witness of the lay faithful reveals itself more every day to be indispensable.”

Facebook Apostles – 2013: Catechesis & Apostolate in the Digital Age

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August 15, 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

I have eagerly awaited this day, August 15th and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to share with you our new music video, Facebook Apostles – 2013.

Work on this new video began this past Mother’s Day, the third successful Anniversary in operating and expanding all our Facebook Apostles Social Networks.  This short promotional video has been created to provide you with an update of our many works and as an informative overview about FBA for sharing with others.

Our new video focuses on how all Clergy can integrate FBA’s content into their own Parish or Diocesan Web and Facebook Pages, and through their own use of the various Social Media platforms.  Facebook Apostles asks all its members to particularly share our video widely with your Deacons, Priests, Pastors, Catechetical and RCIA Leaders, and your Bishops.

On a personal note, I would like to share with you that I am both very proud and very humbled by the final result achieved by Facebook Apostles – 2013   My time has been a real, three -month labor of love.

After many late-night hours, I feel that our new film highlights the best of what FBA has to offer to all serious inquirers of the Catholic Faith.  I am happy (finally) and proud with the technical aspects this project and how Facebook Apostles – 2013 turned out.

After watching the final edit something strange happened to me.  In stepping back from the film I suddenly and uncontrollably started to cry.  I saw God’s hand in all my work and in the new film I tried to create for Him.  I saw His many gifts and talents at work in me, his poor and unworthy instrument.  I saw God’s beneficence and wisdom in preparing me for His task evangelization–, and most of all the Spirit’s holy inspirations over the last three years.  I bow down to the Holy Spirit in all Humility to Him, who is responsible for this work.

I hope you will enjoy and learn a bit more about us by this new film, I also hope and ask Mary, Queen of Apostles that you will become more involved in the Catechesis and Personal Apostolic opportunities to learn more about the Faith and by sharing what we offer to others.

Thank you all for sticking with FBA and for helping to make our sites the successes they have become!  I offer this work in honor of my parents, Nicholas & Frances Haros in Heaven, in thanksgiving to them for their gift of life to me.

Pax,

nic

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