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Buried and Raised

This life has the sense of being buried with Christ… We experience all the limitations of our mortality and have yet to experience resurrection with Christ. Even in the midst of the Easter Season in which we rejoice for the victory of Jesus Christ over death, in the anticipation of our own sharing in that …

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Easter 2020

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag′dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” – John 20:1 Even though it may be dark outside, Jesus has truly risen from the dead. It was in the darkness that …

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Death swallowed up in Victory

Death has lost its power…We may still experience death but we know that we will rise and be glorified in, through, because of, and with, him who conquered it. I can’t say it better than my man St. Ephrem the Syrian: ”Death slew [the Lord Jesus] by means of the body which he had assumed, …

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Holy Thursday under Quarantine

By Juan de Juanes – [2], Public Domain, Link This evening is the beginning of Sacred Paschal Triduum, the holiest 3 days of the year in which the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection are made present. We can actually enter into it. Holy Thursday is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist: “I am the …

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Holy Monday…

Thoughts on Gospel Reading for Holy Monday, John 12:1 – 11: Today Jesus was invited to dinner by his friends, Martha, Mary and Lazarus, siblings. It had to be a joyous evening that flowed from a deep gratitude: their brother Lazarus was physically once dead and now is alive because Jesus raised him from the …

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Holy Week is Different this Year

Holy Week is different this year. It was sad to watch (not just watch, but remotely participate in, prayerfully and with as much reverent attention as possible) – – the Mass for Palm Sunday. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Many feel abandoned at this time. Why has God allowed us to …

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Return of the King: Rise and Fall

From beginning to end, the Bible is the story of God’s love for the pinnacle of his creation: man and woman (of course this refers to humanity in general, including children). The Bible is a collection of books spanning multiple literary genres from narrative to poetry – – but it still tells one story, if …

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March 25, 2020

It almost feels as if the zombie apocalypse is upon us and the sky is falling. Everything seems so dark and silent. Everything has changed in such a short amount of time and nothing will ever be the same. There are a lot of things that we could be anxious about right now. I’m concerned …

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LessonS Learned From a Broken Arm

It’s February 11 again, and that means that I’ve been thinking about Lourdes all day (see Lourdes post). The experience was so unforgettable that much of my time there vividly stands out in my mind even though it will be 20 years this August. The ripple effect of the spiritual healing I received in Lourdes …

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