Writings About Saints
Have your faith and hope been increasing this week? They should be. The two most important public events of the past week have been the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls…
Jesus summoned His disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with Me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”
When the high school students begin their semester exams, and the seminarians begin their rigorosa, and the temple leaders seek to trap Jesus by starting an argument with a false premise—we briefly examine the role of reason and faith as modeled by the early Roman martyr St. Justin.
Brothers and sisters, I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
Writings For Spiritual Growth
You may have noticed that Jesus very often gives a teaching or tells a parable and then… falls silent. He often doesn’t explain or elaborate when you would expect Him to. He expects His hearers to interpret the silence and draw the right conclusion.
Rising from the dead is an experience not just of Christ on Easter morning, nor of mankind as a whole on the Last Day, but of everyone who, like the women in the Gospel, departs from the tomb, the place needed on account of sin’s just punishment; departs from the death of sin through the mercy and forgiveness of Christ; departs quickly because we should never delay our conversion or dawdle in our iniquity.
The silence which fills that garden enables us to hear the whisper of a gentle breeze: “I am the Living One and I am with you” (cf. Ex 3:14). The curtain of the temple is torn in two. At last we see our Lord’s face. And we know fully His name: mercy and faithfulness.
While our Lord’s body was in the tomb, His soul was busy ushering the souls of Limbo into heaven—some of whom had been waiting for this moment for ages (literally). Our Lord is now risen, proving that He is indeed the Lord of life and death, just as He had said—and soon He’ll be showing His Apostles the glorious reward that awaits all those who remain true to Him to the end.
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