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The Easter Triduum

Triduum means three days of prayer. What binds together the three days of the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — is that all of them are Easter. Each, in their way, celebrates Christ’s dying and rising from the dead. The liturgy does not, in fact, separate Our Lord’s death […]

R.I.P. Death of a Computer

    It’s still magic, even if you know how it’s done. – Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015 A Hat Full of Sky     Artwork by Felicity Ann Nettles Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008 British science writer and inventor Profiles of the Future It was a quiet summer morning […]

Francis Speaks

Extracts from the Pope’s Easter Vigil homily, 20 April 2019 The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone … It seems that the steps we take […]

“… just after the sun had risen…”

A high school student wrote, “I had just finished my paper route on Easter morning. As I passed the church, the sun was coming up. I didn’t intend to go in for Mass, because I was in the midst of a teenage rejection of the Church. Then it happened! The sun hit the big silver […]

The Death of Jesus…

… and how the Resurrection Changes the Way We See the World The disbelief One of the objections devout Muslims have with Christianity is that the All-Holy and All-Powerful One could die as a man. Others, who lean towards conspiracy theories, believe that Jesus’s disciples rescued him from the cross, then hid him, while spreading […]

Christ is Risen

Being aware of our shortcomings “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). So many times, we all know it, it’s easier and more comfortable to see and condemn the defects and sins of others, without being […]

After the Resurrection in Stained Glass

Luke tell us that on the same day that Jesus rose, He appeared to walk with Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus. This window [1] from St Genes-des-Carnes, Clermont-Ferand, France shows what the encounter might have been like. When they arrived at the entrance to Emmaus, the disciples invited the stranger to […]

An Easter Sunday Reflection

What an alarming moment as Mary Magdalene and the disciples discover the empty tomb where Jesus had laid. Along with all the disciples, and with Jesus’ mother Mary, Mary Magdalene has been through several days of deep grief. The one who had held all their hopes was defeated, killed, destroyed, and along with his death […]

Death and Resurrection

This is an abridged version of the Pope’s homily, in November 2017, for the repose of Cardinals and Bishops who had died in the past year. It provides good material for reflection during Lent and Eastertide. Today’s celebration once more sets before us the reality of death. It renews our sorrow for the loss of […]

Come and See — Really See — Jesus, and Have Life (2)

A recurring invitation in St John’s Gospel: We encounter Jesus again in Chapter 11 as the source of life, and His seeking to be believed in, to be really seen as such. Jesus’ friend Lazarus had died before He and His disciples had reached Bethany, where Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary lived. On […]