Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday

According to tradition, Loginus was the name of the centurion at the Crucifixion who acknowledged Christ as "the son of God" (Matt. 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47). He also is identified as the soldier who "pierced His side with a lance" (John 19:34), probably because the name is derived from the Greek word longche, meaning a lance.

Untrustworthy legend exemplified by the Golden Legend says that the blood pouring from Christ's side immediately healed him of incipient blindness. Therefore, he was converted, left the army, and later died as a martyr for the faith.

Here is children's article on this saint.

All of which brings us to the death penalty, which some are trying to restore in New York. Jesus forgave those who killed Him. You can follow Him today. Here are some resources:

The New York State Catholic Conference has information here.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has resources here.

Statements on the death penalty by the Holy Father are here.

New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty has more here.

Some things you can do are listed here.