Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter changes everything and other great posts from Catholic bloggers


Easter changes everything...
George Weigel
Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an Italian biblical scholar, suggests that we might begin to appreciate how Easter changed everything—and gave the birth of Jesus at Christmas its significance—by reflecting on the st...






Until Death Us Do Part: A marriage recovery story that will amaze you...
Patti Maguire Armstrong

I came across an amazing marriage recovery story when I was working on the Amazing Grace for Married Couples book. A priest friend who heard of the title I was working on told me, "Oh, do I have a story for you!" He wasn't kidding! Alcoholism, drugs, adultery, and then just when all seemed lost, a miraculous conversion. Oh...



The Mass and the World...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Yesterday I was at our cathedral with the other priests in the diocese for the Chrism Mass. It is rare that I am able to be at Mass without celebrating and preaching, so for once I sat and observed and simply took in the ceremony and took time to pray and worship and thank God for the Catholic Church. As I did...




When you think about the Last Supper, you're probably imagining it all wrong. Here's how it really looked...
Msgr. Charles Pope

Most of us who live now think of the Last Supper in terms that are familiar to us. In our imagination Jesus and his apostles sit around a square table on chairs. Jesus is a the center and his apostles arrayed around him. The famous painting of Leonardo Da Vinci (See right) is uppermost in most modern minds when thinking of the Last Supper.






It's all about passing over...
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Right now, the cold, darkness, dreariness, and barrenness of the earth—winter—is passing over to the warmth, light, radiance, and new life of spring. This very week, our Jewish neighbors solemnly recall the Passover of Israel, from slavery and oppression in Egypt, to freedom and deliverance in the Promised Land.






The only known photos from the Titanic's voyage were taken by Father Francis Browne, a Catholic priest and gifted amateur photographer. See for yourself...




Who is the naked man in St. Mark's Gospel?
Taylor Marshall

Let's play Sherlock Holmes here. Note that the Apostles all fled, but this one man "followed him," that is, this man in linen followed Christ when the Apostles abandoned Christ. Second, the passage has clear allusions to Joseph in Genesis 39. Every Jew knew this story about Joseph well.








Thomas Merton’s prophetic warning about social media...
Jennifer Fulwiler

There are a lot of great things about social media; I think that, overall, Facebook, Twitter, and other similar technology add value to our lives in the way they keep us connected with one another. But we need to be careful that our use of this kind of media doesn't lead us to fall into the same temptation Merton did over half a century ago...






Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About the History of Holy Week...




What are the Seven Last Words of Christ?
Ian Rutherford
The Seven Last Words of Christ refer, not to individual words, but to the final seven phrases that Our Lord uttered as he hung on the Cross. These phrases were not recorded in a single Gospel but are taken from the combined accounts of the four Gospels. Greatly revered, these last words of Jesus have been the subject of many books, sermons...



Annual Spy Wednesday reflection on the sins and shortcomings of the clergy...




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