Christian Faith Is Meant to be Lively and Loving
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Christian Faith Is Meant to be Lively and Loving

Not only do Christians boldly assert that “Jesus lives!” but that He lives today in variety of ways, personally present among us. We claim that the Risen Christ even lives within us. When we seek to encounter the Risen Christ in our ordinary experience, an increasingly personal relationship is forged. Encountering Jesus makes for what...

April 2, 2013April 2, 2013by
Mary Magdalene
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Mary Magdalene

A single word spoken by the Risen Christ is enough to change everything. In John’s Gospel account, Mary Magdalene is broken-hearted and immersed in grief. Jesus says to her, “Mary!” (cf. John 20:16). Jesus’ voice has not changed and he retains the features of the Holy One who suffered and died. The Risen Christ is...

April 2, 2013April 2, 2013by
An Easter Word of Thanks and Encouragement
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An Easter Word of Thanks and Encouragement

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to make our commemoration and celebration of the holiest days so exceptionally meaningful and memorable. For now, let us remember the first Christians. One of the most compelling features of their lives was found in their joy for doing ordinary and mundane things of...

April 1, 2013April 1, 2013by
Easter Joy
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Easter Joy

These days, JOY especially abounds! The crucifixion and resurrection of Christ saves us from our sins. The devil no longer has any power over us – none. Saint Paul emphatically tells us that the love of Christ conquers all things, even death itself (cf. Romans 8:37-39) Amen! Alleluia! Deep joy is nothing we generate or...

April 1, 2013April 1, 2013by
The Washing of Feet
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The Washing of Feet

Today it seems timely to offer a brief explanation about foot-washing in the liturgy. The foot-washing ceremony, formerly called the Mandatum (meaning “command”), was re-introduced into the Church’s liturgy by Pope Pius XII in 1955. A more recent explanatory letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) clarifies the purpose of this ritual that may...

March 28, 2013March 28, 2013by
Pure Victim, Holy Victim, Spotless Victim
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Pure Victim, Holy Victim, Spotless Victim

During these holiest of days we especially express to God our sincere sorrow for the personal sins of our own making. Despite our failings and resistance to the love of God, we are called right now to repent. Meditate on Jesus Who becomes the victim of our sins. Jesus is the real figure and concrete...

March 27, 2013March 27, 2013by
Triduum Liturgy Schedule
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Triduum Liturgy Schedule

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM [three days]  HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 28 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper   FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – “GOOD FRIDAY”, March 29 12:30 p.m. Passion of the Lord, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. Teen Living Stations of the Cross   HOLY SATURDAY, March...

March 27, 2013March 27, 2013by
Repentance and Renewal
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Repentance and Renewal

Our Lord Jesus looks at Judas and tells him to depart and return when the betrayal is at hand. Later during the same meal, Our Lord Jesus looks also at Peter and warns him about a threefold public denial he will make before the very same night is spent. Peter weeps bitterly in the courtyard...

March 27, 2013March 27, 2013by
Holy Tuesday
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Holy Tuesday

Something strange is underway. Only a few days ago Jesus is speaking freely in the Temple after having been joyously received by the multitudes upon his entry into Jerusalem. The scene quickly turns for jubilation to condemnation. There are indications of this upon Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem when religious leaders in the crowd sharply demand...

March 26, 2013March 26, 2013by
Resolution and Determination
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Resolution and Determination

Peter left everything to follow Jesus. Peter had a front row seat to Jesus’ many miracles and inspirational teachings about a more abundant way to live – living in the light of God’s Kingdom. Jesus loved Peter and entrusted to the former Galilean fisherman special leadership responsibilities that the others acknowledged and respected. The Jerusalem...

March 25, 2013March 25, 2013by