Pope Francis’ first general audience: “Holy Week challenges us to step outside ourselves”

A preliminary text from today’s appearance, from the Vatican: Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Palm Sunday we began Holy Week, the heart of the liturgical year, when we commemorate the great events that express most powerfully God’s loving plan for all men and women. Jesus enters Jerusalem in order to give himself completely. He gives us [Read More...]

“So here is a question for Holy Week…”

“And so here is a question for Holy Week. Are you and I willing to suffer with Christ, and if necessary die with him, outside the gate? The world is becoming increasingly hostile to Biblical faith. Many of the ancient truths contained right in our Catechism are called bigotry, hatred, intolerance, foolishness and superstition by [Read More...]

Spy Wednesday, Judas, and us

Tomorrow begins the Triduum, but today is “Spy Wednesday,” when Judas set in motion the events that would lead to Christ’s passion. I reflect on what that means for all of us in this week’s column, “All Things New”: If you want to consider this merely a curious date that stands outside the proper of [Read More...]

Bracing for "The Week That Was"

We’re sliding into one of the busiest times for parishes, but it can be easy to forget what it’s really about. From this week’s “All Things New”: Back in the 1960s, there was a TV show called “That Was the Week That Was,” which satirized current events. It was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live” [Read More...]