Happy Easter! Let us celebrate the victory of Christ, the Lamb of God, over sin and death with a renewed spirit of joy and thanksgiving. We are an Easter people and we live in hope of the Resurrection. Christ be our light, now and forever!
The Desert of Faith
I said to myself in my good fortune: "I shall never be shaken." O Lord, your favor had set me like a mountain stronghold. Then you hid your face, and I was put to confusion. -Psalm 30:7-8, Revised Grail Psalter In a matter of two sentences, the Psalmist sums up a tremendously complex part of one’s … Continue reading The Desert of Faith
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or "To the greater glory of God" is the motto of the Society of Jesus, founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. On his feast day, let's remember that we are called to live our lives in service to the Gospel. "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his … Continue reading Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Mourning Came, and Fasting Followed
☧ First, I apologize for the bad pun in the title (inspired by Genesis 1)... For some reason, Those Catholic Men still published this article under that title. Anywho... The pillars of our Lenten season are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The point of doing these not-so-pleasant things is to have our routine shaken up a … Continue reading Mourning Came, and Fasting Followed
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity – Prayer to the Trinity
☧ O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in You, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from You, O my unchanging God, but that each moment may take me further into the depths … Continue reading St. Elizabeth of the Trinity – Prayer to the Trinity
“If I But Touch His Clothes”
☧ The following is a passage from the gospel of Mark: One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with … Continue reading “If I But Touch His Clothes”
Christ Is Risen!
Truly, He is risen! ☧ Happy Easter! I'd just like to leave a brief post for today. This is the Entrance Antiphon for today's Mass: I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. Human language falls silent … Continue reading Christ Is Risen!
To Fulfill What Had Been Written
☧ Last night, we celebrated the Lord's Passion. We read the Passion story according to John, and in his account, he mentions "fulfillment" on five different occasions. As we were reading this, it re-occurred to me how prophetical this whole ordeal was and must necessarily have been. But even more, it occurred to me what … Continue reading To Fulfill What Had Been Written
Sheol and Lent
☧ Sheol is a Hebrew word in Judaism which describes the place where those who have died are congregated; it can be translated into English as "pit" or "abyss"1, and is described in the New Testament (in Greek) as Hades which is then translated into the English word "Hell". In short, Sheol is equivalent to Hades which is equivalent to … Continue reading Sheol and Lent
Premonition Has Two Sides
Premonition I’ve wanted to do one of these daily prompt posts ever since I started this blog - sometimes I look at it, write a few lines, hit a roadblock, and delete everything. Well today is different; I’m going to write about this one. The word today is “premonition”. Now, I won’t try to pretend … Continue reading Premonition Has Two Sides