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Good Friday – The Second Day Of The Easter Triduum

On Good Friday, the entire Catholic Church takes a closer look at the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church attempts to comprehend at what expense Christ has actually won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, ...

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Good Friday and the Veneration of the Cross

Good Friday, called Feria VI in Parasceve in the Roman Missal, he hagia kai megale paraskeue (the Holy and Great Friday) in the Greek Liturgy, Holy Friday in Romance Languages, Charfreitag (Sorrowful Friday) in German, is the English designation of ...

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Holy Thursday And It’s Significance

Except for the resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly among the most vital, complicated, and extensive days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday commemorates the inauguration of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus ...

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Holy Thursday also known as Maundy Thursday

The feast of Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week. In Rome various accessory ceremonies were early added to this commemoration, namely the consecration ...

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Easter Vigil Sermon – Pope Francis

This is the English translation of the sermon given by Pope Francis during the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica: Dear Brothers and Sisters,. In the Gospel of this glowing evening of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women ...

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Love One Another AS I Have Loved You

Love one another as I have loved youJesus commands us this weekend to "Love one another as I have loved you."  If we look closely at the readings of the church over the past week, it becomes abundantly clear how much of a lover our heavenly father is. It also becomes clear that He who is the Greatest Love calls us, calls you and me to love just as he loves. The beauty of the whole situation is that he not only tells us to “do it” he shows us how to do it. And again when we don’t get it right he shows us over and over again. More like a teacher, helping a child to write, he will even hold our hand with the pencil so that we form perfect letters and words. That’s the nature of our loving God.

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All Glory And Honor To God

All Glory And Honor To God

All Glory And Honor To God

 

Looking at today' first reading, the message that jumps at you is "All glory and honor to God" Not too long ago, I heard about a man who left the priesthood because he was constantly being placed on a pedestal by people, and no matter what he did, no matter what he said, no matter how he objected, the continued to elevate him and he was most uncomfortable with this, and so he left.

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The Good Shepherd Teaches Us To Be The Same

good shepherd - good parenting

 

good shepherd - good parenting

 

A few years ago, I preached the homily at the funeral of a friend of mine. I have a habit of using the readings for the day to preach for any occasion, whether it be funeral or wedding. The Gospel reading for that day was the reading which we have for today, the passage of the Good Shepherd. While the Gospel was being read, one of the children asked the mother why this Gospel passage was chosen for her father’s funeral. The mother of course just replied that it was the gospel reading for the day. Later on the child who had asked understood that her father was indeed a good shepherd looking after the flock given to him, his family.

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The Easter Season Show Us How To Intercede

The Risen Lord Jesus Christ

The Risen Lord Jesus Christ

 

As we continue through this most wonderful season of Easter - this ALLELUIA! season - the catholic Church continues to feed us with very powerful readings.  The first readings through most of Easter, is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, also called the Book of the Holy Spirit.  In the Acts of the Apostles, we read very powerful accounts of the movement of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to send to us on His ascension into Heaven.

 

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“Peace Be With You” More Than Just Words

Peace Be With YouI have often heard people on the street saying to another; ‘Peace brother or Peace sister’ I suppose because of the violent age in which we live, I have often reacted with cynicism when I have heard such a salutation and wondered if there was a commitment to true peace by the person who greets others in such a way. Because that salutation has often become a habit, it is said to many people and I really do not know if there is a commitment to build peace with every person who is greeted in such a way.

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