Tragedy During Good Friday Procession in Indonesia

Twitter pic - Indonesian ship sinking

In Indonesia, a Good Friday pilgrimage has turned to tragedy when a boat loaded with people capsized in high waves.  Early reports list at least seven dead, including three children and a nun, and dozens missing.The fishing boat was transporting a statue of the Virgin Mary from Flores island to another when it sank.  The boat, which was designed to hold only 30 people, had more than 70 aboard when a 6.5-foot wave crashed into it, causing it to tip as hundreds of villagers watched helplessly f … [Read more...]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Triduum

Easter Vigil

Courtesy of the U.S. Bishops:  One of the most helpful descriptions I've seen for the events of the Easter Triduum--the holy days which begin with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, and ends on Easter Sunday evening.Thank you to the USCCB for this comprehensive explanation of the coming weekend, and thank you for giving permission for dioceses and others to reprint this Q&A.When does the Triduum begin and end? The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of … [Read more...]

Go Kiss a Crucifix!

Kiss a crucifix

Pick up a crucifix, said Pope Francis during his General Audience during Holy Week.  Kiss it and recite this simple prayer:Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, Lord.The Holy Father reminded pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that Jesus's Resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film.”  Rather, he explained, it's the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation.In watching Jesus suffer and di … [Read more...]