In the Garden with Christ


I was at Gethsemane earlier this year and it dawned on me (just call me queen of the obvious) that if we all prayed as Jesus did, we would be a lot better off. He shows us he gets it and lifts us up to the Father. And saves us. We really don’t want to be [Read More...]

Winning Souls with Cardinal Dolan

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What’s Holy Week about? Cardinal Dolan takes a stab at in a web video: “Passing over.” “Put to death selfishness,” Cardinal Dolan urges. “Put to death falsehood. Put to death lies. Put to death sin.” (Gratuitous photo from my Lenten trip to the Holy Land.) And “pass over” with Christ “to renewal and freedom and grace [Read More...]

Join the Conversion Revolution

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Pope Benedict has given us great gifts in teaching about prayer. Take, for instance, his May 2011 catechesis on prayer and Jacob in the Old Testament. Late at night or Wednesday afternoon, we have much to learn here. “Our whole life is like this long night of battle and prayer that is meant to end in [Read More...]

About Taking Up Crosses and Following Him


I do not know if there is a better way to be serious about just that than the Way of the Cross. Praying station to station. As I’ve mentioned, I recently prayed it in Jerusalem, on a cold, wet, snowy pre-dawn morning. We used Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s text. But you don’t have to be physically [Read More...]

A Walk Into the Deep


You turn a corner and see a sign. “Holy Sepulchre.” And there it is. Right there. Right here. He died here. For us. Because of us. Because of me. By the time you make it in and up the stairs to Calvary, it’s all too appropriate that you would encounter His mother, her heart pierced. [Read More...]

Tissues & Thanksgiving


Cold. Rain. Snow. Slippery steps and walkways. That’s my Jerusalem experience. And so it’s no surprise that I’m coughing, congested, and tired after walking the Via Dolorosa in the early morning in that. But there was no blood. No heavy cross. No scourging for me! Just annoyances. Just inconveniences. What a blessing a cough is. [Read More...]


Always a Manhattanite, I took a cab up to Mount Tabor. [Read more...]

Climb Every Mountain


It’s hard not to welcome this past Sunday’s gospel. It’s a source of strength even today, as it was meant to be for the Apostles who witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes [Read More...]