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 focus intently on penance. Now Easter is here, and... [Read more...]

Image: Nicolas Poussin, Et in Arcadia ego. Remember Death

We are all going to die. We were reminded of this on Ash Wednesday when the priest put ashes on our heads saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We need to be reminded about the reality of our death because we forget so easily. Our culture desensitizes us to the fact of dying. It makes death seem so commonplace as to... [Read more...]

The Embers of Evangelization

“I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49 Jesus began to ignite the world by providing His apostles with the kindling of His teaching and example.  These men were the embers that the Holy Spirit would fan into a flame at Pentecost—a flame that, whenever it came into contact with another properly... [Read more...]