If you see that you have not yet suffered tribulations, consider it certain that you have not begun to be a true servant of God; for the Apostle says plainly that all who choose to live piously in Christ, shall suffer persecutions.

When: Sunday, April 13, 2008 12:00 AM to Monday, April 14, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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Words of Jesus

but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:1-10

If you see that you have not yet suffered tribulations, consider it certain that you have not begun to be a true servant of God; for the Apostle says plainly that all who choose to live piously in Christ, shall suffer persecutions.

— St Augustine

Abba, Father, Lord God, for I was a straying sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of my soul Jesus Christ; and I can say in faith and with hope that…

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Acts 2:14, 36-41<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Acts&ch=2&bv1=36&ev1=41>

Psalm 23:1-6<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Ps&ch=23&bv1=1&ev1=6>

1 Peter 2:20-25<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=_1Pet&ch=2&bv1=20&ev1=25>

John 10:1-10<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=John&ch=10&bv1=2&ev1=10> John 10 <http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/john/john10.htm> Ezekiel 34<http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/ezekiel/ezekiel34.htm>

Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical Letter<http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20071130_spe-salvi_en.html>

Papal Visit<http://www.uspapalvisit.org/>

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