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...]

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...]

Stay Awake

Hendrick ter Brugghen, Mars Asleep Stay Awake

Today we begin the Holy Triduum, the three-day liturgy, the highest celebration of the church. It is an exhausting enterprise, with waiting, silence, fasting, lots of lines and processions and standing and kneeling. To appreciate it requires both attention and faith. It requires that we “stay awake.” By... [Read more...]

Know the Forest by The Tree

Lesser Ury, Leser mit Lupe Know the Forest by The Tree

We can now consider ourselves to be in the liturgical season within the season within the season within the season. On September 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross, the Church began the traditional penitential period stretching until Easter Sunday. Within this season, Lent began 40 days ago, calling us... [Read more...]

The Presence of God

Andrej Rublëv, Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) The Presence of God

Homes are not beautiful if they are empty. Things are beautiful by the presence of God. —St. Thomas Aquinas on Psalm 25 So many today never think of God, and some, even when they do think of God, consider him only as a puppet-master, a policeman, or a watchmaker. But God is much more marvelous than... [Read more...]

Jesus Wants Your Baggage

Airplane in flight (Gary Lopater) Jesus Wants Your Baggage

I love flying on airplanes. As if traveling to a new destination were not exciting enough, my extroverted personality delights in being in the company of complete strangers, packed front to back in a Boeing 787. A cocktail of ginger ale and light conversation typically helps pass the travel time, and... [Read more...]

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