Tag Archives: Lent

Jesus, the High Priest

(from The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI) The Letter to the Hebrews gave us a profound interpretation of this prayer of the Lord [in] Gethsemane. It says: Jesus’ tears, … Continue reading

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Septuagesima Sundays and the preparation for Lent

Posted at Catholic Insight Before 1969, Septuagesima Sunday was observed in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. According to fisheaters.com, the three Sundays that comprise Septuagesima Sunday are named for their distance to Easter and are as follows: Septuagesima … Continue reading

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The physical effects of the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus

For the March print edition of Catholic Insight Magazine, I wrote an article on the physical effects of the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus.  The article was part of a Lenten meditation on Jesus’ ultimate self-giving act of love and … Continue reading

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A Call to Conversion

Pope Benedict XVI: General Audience, Ash Wednesday 17 February 2010 Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Church’s Lenten journey toward Easter. Lent reminds us, as St. Paul exhorts, “not to accept the grace of  God in vain” (cf … Continue reading

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Seek the One Thing Necessary

Though our collective history includes lights and shadows, we can safely assert that through the ages the Church has been at the service of humanity. Fr. Marco Testa is a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Here is his homily … Continue reading

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The Basin of Love

Here is the full text from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Holy Thursday reflection taken from the book Lent with Pope Benedict XVI: Meditations for Every Day. The Word Among Us Press, 2012. Having loved his own who were in the … Continue reading

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Late Have I Loved You

(This is also posted at Catholic Insight  catholicinsight.com) “Late have I loved You, beauty so old and so new; late have I loved You…” If part of that famous passage from Book Ten in Confessions of St. Augustine were lifted … Continue reading

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Mid-Lent check-up

One of the kids in my First Communion Class asked me how many more days are left in Lent.  When I answered that we are just about halfway through, there was a very loud, disappointed chorus of aawwwws from most … Continue reading

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A Child’s Song of Praise

If it’s Tuesday evening, then my ten-year old daughter has choir practice.  She’s one of a few dedicated children at our parish who lend their enthusiastic voices each week at Sunday Mass.  I’m one of the harried parents who rush … Continue reading

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Authenticity

Did you hear the one about the woman who became a man but then gave birth to three kids and now wants a divorce?  True story. Thomas Beatie was born a woman, Tracy Lagondino.  He (she?) claims he always felt … Continue reading

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