Cardinal calls on Christians to wear crosses

Details: Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the [Read More...]

Homily for Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

[Click here for readings.] Below is something from the vault:  my homily from 2008. When I was growing up, like a lot of families, mine had one of those small, cheap Kodak Instamatic cameras. You used those flash bulbs that looked like ice cubes…and got these little square pictures back from the drug store when [Read More...]

It’s a good week to go to confession…

…and update your status with God. [Read more...]

“How do we render God credible in this world?”

In a homily given on April 1, 2005, just before he was elected Pope, Pope Benedict said this: Above all, that which we need at this moment in history are men who, through an enlightened and lived faith, render God credible in this world. The negative testimony of Christians who speak about God but live [Read More...]

Raised in Communism, embracing Catholicism this Easter: “It’s a wonderful feeling to openly say who we are”

From the USCCB blog — with a cheerful h/t to Kate Monaghan — comes this inspiring story of a family’s journey into the Church: As youths baptized in Albania while the country was under Communist rule, Lule Prebibaj and her husband Ndoke’s baptisms were literally life-threatening. The Communist regime that took control of the country [Read More...]

“Behold the man”

From Elizabeth Scalia at First Things: My intention with this column was to share some musings on the words of Pontius Pilate as he presented the tortured Jesus—the icon of “extreme humility”—to the crowd: “Ecce homo”; behold the man. They have become my Holy Week lectio divina, those two words, prompting me again and again to [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...]

My church, Palm Sunday

I’m the one in the pulpit. This was taken from the choir loft.  Thank you, Regina! [Read more...]

“Hosanna, Hey-sanna…”

If you haven’t gotten enough “Hosannas” today, here are a couple more. The top clip is from the 1973 movie version of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.”  The second clip is from the 2000 stage revival, which was later adapted for video. The two make for an interesting comparison — different “Superstars” for different generations and different [Read More...]

Homily for April 1, 2012: Palm Sunday

[Click here for readings.] When I was a kid, this was always a busy week. There was planning for the big meal next Sunday. Would it be ham or lamb? Some years, I’d have a new suit – usually a couple sizes too big, so I could grow into it. My mother would be cleaning [Read More...]


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