Emmaus

Robert Zünd, Gang nach Emmaus Emmaus

At last. Here look! See Love. Ye who do go conversing sad. Ye who see now Your Lord drawing near And yet see Him not. Ye for whom Love Had died upon the gibbet Drowned in blood that dread Friday afternoon And all was thought lost. At last. Here look! See Love. Ye for whom both prophets and eyewitnesses... [Read more...]

From Fasting to Feasting

Image: Jan van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb From Fasting to Feasting

It’s Friday. A day that throughout most of the year is focused on penance and remembrance of the cross of Christ. But Easter Friday is Easter so we rejoice in the resurrection of Christ, one expression of which is that we can eat meat! (See Canon 1251) The seasons of fasting in the Church help us to... [Read more...]

Luminous Easter

Transfiguration by Raphael Luminous Easter

Thursday in the Easter Octave lets us look at everything in light of the Resurrection. Illuminated by the mystery of the Risen Lord, the following post offers a series of reflections for the Luminous Mysteries. My hope is that it can a be of assistance in your rosary today. Feel free to read now, or... [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Return to Confession in Easter

By © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro /, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16873002 7 Reasons to Return to Confession in Easter

Lent is a great time for Catholics to return to Confession, but it would be wrong to think that Easter is not. In fact, with a little reflection, we can find many reasons why Easter is a particularly graced time to go to Confession, even after a lackluster Lent. As a start, I propose seven reasons. ... [Read more...]

The Alleluia Yawn

Joseph Ducreux (French, 1735 - 1802) Self-Portrait, Yawning, by 1783, Oil on canvas 117.8 × 90.8 cm (46 3/8 × 35 3/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles The Alleluia Yawn

On the surface, one’s familiarity with the events of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection can slowly compromise their power to captivate. I mean, did your mind happen to wander a bit during the lengthy proclamation of the Lord’s Passion on Palm Sunday? Or when it was proclaimed again on Good... [Read more...]

O Crux Ave

Rembrandt, The Entombment O Crux Ave

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Fr. Leo Checkai was ordained a priest in May 2014 and now teaches at Providence College. Today is Ash Wednesday. Lent is upon us once more, and over the next few days we will all be taking up spiritual disciplines... [Read more...]

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