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
We are all of us here this morning to celebrate the rising of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. This is not a metaphorical event, a wish of believers transposed onto reality, but the real reunion of His human soul returning from Limbo with His human body lying in the Holy Sepulcher. It is into this historical event that we are incorporated, that we partake and claim as our own identity, through holy baptism.
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.
“Therefore, brethren,” says St. Paul, “since through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way He opened for us through the veil, that is, His flesh…let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.”
“The body of the man on the shroud has sustained an incredible amount of trauma. He has been beaten and lacerated so severely, but the face is so serene. The two,” he said, “the two just don’t go together.” Trying to make sorrow and glory go together, trying to make sense of it all – This is not only the constant theme of Triduum and certainly of the Easter Octave, but also of our Christian lives.
I bring you all solemn and terrible news. This morning in Jerusalem the sun did not rise, nor did he rise in Athens or at Rome or over Paris or New York or Chicago or Los Angeles, or in this place in which we gather, or in any place whatever from East to West.
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