Ministers of the Word

I am currently helping train lectors for a local Filipino community here in Cincinnati. We are examining the lectionary, or the book of Scripture readings used at Mass. Our first and second sessions focus on the Sacred Scriptures. Some questions asked in our first session were pointed. How is God revealed...

Easter Faith

In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Tomb of Christ is marked by a shrine called the “edicule,” the successor to a series of such structures built over the tomb—and rebuilt—since the Emperor Constantine first constructed a huge basilica church and sheltered the tomb under a...

Easter Monday

Today is Easter Monday, the calm after the beautiful, magnificent storm that is the celebration of the Triduum and Easter. Liturgically, these days are the most powerful and brilliant in the Church year, and for me, the most mystical of rites. Yet this year, more than in the rites, readings, and symbols of...

So Much for Godless Communism

The dynamic Castro duo has a little treat for Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter basket this year: Good Friday will be celebrated as a national holiday in Cuba for the first time since the revolution in 1959. According to CNN, this raises the total number of religious holidays in that island nation to...

Opening Day!

My coworker Susan, a lifelong Cincinnatian, says that one of the “coolest things” about living in Cincinnati is the Opening Day Parade. After many years of going down to the corner of Liberty and Race, just outside of our office, a block or so from where the parade starts, I’d have to...

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