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There are many evocative phrases that have inspired generations of people: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this … more
There are many evocative phrases that have inspired generations of people: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this … more
Jesus said to his disciples: I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. These merciful words of Jesus must have made a mixed impression on the Apostles. They might have felt that … more
Something enormously significant happened to Jesus’ followers 50 days after the Resurrection. St. Luke recounts that day in the Acts of the Apostles by using intense images and language. “And … more
St. Luke’s account of Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven is rather terse: “He parted from (the Apostles) and was taken up to heaven” (Lk 24:51). It is puzzling why St. Luke offered so little … more
Before the revision of the Holy Week rites by Pope Pius XII in 1955, the Easter fire and the Easter baptismal water used to be blessed in the early morning of Holy Saturday. As part of the blessing … more
Darkness of night and the sound of a door closing (if there was a door to the Upper Room) put us into the context of the powerful five verses (31-35) of chapter 13 of John’s Gospel. Judas has just … more
Christians are being persecuted today as much as at any period in history. ISIS blatantly is targeting Christians with their terrorist attacks. Drug cartels in Central and South America threaten and … more
On the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, also called the Sea of Galilee, there is a small church whose sanctuary is built around a large, flat rock. The church is called the Church of the Primacy of St. … more
This Sunday speaks to us of God’s mercy. Reflection on God’s mercy is as ancient as the Psalms, as old as St. John’s account of blood and water flowing from Christ’s side on the cross, as … more
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