Third Sunday of Easter: Preaching Forgiveness

Today's readings. Two weeks ago today, we celebrated Easter, the great feast of our salvation, when Christ rose victorious over sin and death.  Today, two weeks later, the question is, so now what? In today’s Liturgy of the Word, three different audiences hear the same message.  In the first reading, Peter is speaking to a… Continue reading Third Sunday of Easter: Preaching Forgiveness

CNS Movie Review: United 93

CNS Movie Review: United 93 NEW YORK (CNS) — Is it too soon for a big-screen drama about Sept. 11, 2001? Does anyone really want to relive the events of that awful day? Can any film that makes the attempt avoid the specter of exploitation? Those questions will surely percolate in the minds of prospective… Continue reading CNS Movie Review: United 93

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CNS STORY: Priests’ morale reported high despite hurt, anger at abuse crisis

CNS STORY: Priests' morale reported high despite hurt, anger at abuse crisis WASHINGTON (CNS) — The morale of U.S. priests is high despite the hurt and anger they feel over the crisis of clergy sexual abuse of minors, a prominent priest-psychotherapist said at a seminar at The Catholic University of America. Father Stephen J. Rossetti,… Continue reading CNS STORY: Priests’ morale reported high despite hurt, anger at abuse crisis

Second Sunday of Easter: Peace Be With You

Today's readings.  Why is it that you're here today?  Is it because your faith is what carries you through the highs and lows of life, because you need to worship in order to be empowered to live?  Is it because the Word of God and the life-giving Eucharist is central to who you are and… Continue reading Second Sunday of Easter: Peace Be With You

Easter Sunday: “Aha!”

Today's readings.  Have you ever had an "aha!" experience?  Probably you have, although you might not have called it that.  I can remember one of mine.  Back in my early 20s, I was taking voice lessons.  My teacher tried for weeks – well, probably months – to get me to learn a physical thing related… Continue reading Easter Sunday: “Aha!”

Holy Saturday: Anticipation

All-powerful and ever-living God,your only Son went down among the deadand rose again in glory.In your goodnessraise up your faithful people,buried with him in baptism,to be one with himin the eternal life of heaven,where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. That prayer, from today's Liturgy of… Continue reading Holy Saturday: Anticipation

Good Friday: Were You There?

What got me today was the spiritual, "Were You There?"  It was sung this afternoon at Veneration of the Cross, of course, and also this evening at the Living Stations of the Cross.  The youth acted this out, and sang a verse of the spiritual between every station.  I found that very moving.  I think… Continue reading Good Friday: Were You There?

Holy Thursday: Serve and Give

Today's Mass of the Lord's Supper was a great beginning to the Triduum for me.  Fr. Frank's homily focused on the Mandatum of "serve and give:" a motto that was pounded home to him in his early seminary days.  It was a reflection on Matthew 20:28, and he made a point that really hit home… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Serve and Give