The Judas Tree, And Other Legends of the Betrayer

This is cercis siliquastrum, the Judas Tree: It is, according to legend, the type of tree from which Judas hanged himself, and its once-white blossoms blushed with shame to be part of such a terrible history. Or perhaps it’s called the Judas Tree because the clusters of blossoms sometimes hang from the branches, suggesting a hanging [Read More...]

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Pssst, Michelle: I Think Jesus Is Involved Somehow

Our Nanny-in-Chief has repurposed the most important day on the Christian calender, the celebration of the risen Christ, into some kind of nutritional Nuremberg Rally, calling the White House Easter Egg Roll (mmmm, eggroll) a “celebration of nutrition and health and activity.” Because everything has to be jammed through your little agenda, Shelly. Here’s the whole thing. (Bonus!: See if you can spot the missing word in [Read More...]

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He’s Alive

He really is, you know. I’ll let Dolly (and Peter) tell you how it happened: If that doesn’t give you chills, you should probably check your pulse. God bless you all, and have a very blessed Easter. Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If [Read More...]

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All Depart In Silence

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Last night was the most striking moment in the Church year for me: the sanctuary lit only by candles, the priest processing with humeral veil and monstrance to the altar of repose, the Pange Lingua echoing in the church, the altars being stripped, and then the final instruction of the missal: “all depart in silence.” And so [Read More...]

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9 Ways To Keep Lent

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Pope Benedict gave us a gift yesterday. He gave us a Lent that would focus our minds on Christ, the Church, and His People in a way no one has ever experienced. I awoke yesterday at 6am to learn–on Facebook–that the pope had resigned. The news spread across the world almost at the speed of [Read More...]

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Monday Morning Chicken: Easter Edition

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No, the chickens haven’t started laying yet. Full-sized eggs will probably have to wait until about August. We’re just trying to inspire them. [Read more...]

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“God is dead, and we have killed him”

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  “Descended into hell”—perhaps no other article of the Creed is as alien to our contemporary mode of thought as this one. And yet, does not this article, which, in the course of the Church year, is liturgically ordered to Holy Saturday and which is especially significant for us today, express in an eminent degree [Read More...]

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Saturday Song — “Dark Was the Night”

Blind Willie Johnson’s wordless meditation on the death of the savior is based on loosely on a few lines from old spiritual “Gethsemane”: “Dark was the night, cold was the ground/on which my Lord was laid.” Its melancholy tone is well-suited for this day between death and resurrection. [Read more...]

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