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Before the revision of the Holy Week rites by Pope Pius XII in 1955, the Easter fire and the Easter baptismal water used to be blessed in the early morning of Holy Saturday. As part of the blessing … more
Darkness of night and the sound of a door closing (if there was a door to the Upper Room) put us into the context of the powerful five verses (31-35) of chapter 13 of John’s Gospel. Judas has just … more
Christians are being persecuted today as much as at any period in history. ISIS blatantly is targeting Christians with their terrorist attacks. Drug cartels in Central and South America threaten and … more
On the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, also called the Sea of Galilee, there is a small church whose sanctuary is built around a large, flat rock. The church is called the Church of the Primacy of St. … more
This Sunday speaks to us of God’s mercy. Reflection on God’s mercy is as ancient as the Psalms, as old as St. John’s account of blood and water flowing from Christ’s side on the cross, as … more
The Resurrection is about new life. The historical moment of Jesus’ Resurrection changed the world. At the time it happened, few people knew about it, and fewer understood it. It was God’s plan … more
Watching a loved one suffer is always an upsetting experience. Running away from them is even worse. During Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday, we are given the opportunity by the church to journey … more
One of the most beautiful characteristics of Our Lord is His hunger for souls. The Son of Man became incarnate to free us from sin and offer us eternal life. His suffering and death on the cross show … more
The parable of the prodigal son is a perfect match for the season of Lent and for this Year of Mercy. The characters in the story are ones with whom we can all identify — the wasteful son, the … more
For a procrastinator, now is the time to put off doing something. Procrastinators always hope or expect that circumstances later will be better for accomplishing the thing they don’t want to face … more
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