Trading in Black Friday for Good Friday

One of Lent’s gifts to me is the painful realization that my default behavior is set on “Black Friday.” Here’s what I mean. It’s as if I’ve camped outside Target at 4:59 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving every day, poised and ready to run when the doors open at 5:00 a.m.—“Get out of my...

The Pursuit of Perfection

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Well, here we are: Holy Week!  Our 40-day Lenten journey is nearly at an end....

Easters Past

Holy Week is coming. This annual celebration of the Church’s high holy days reminds me of Easters past. As a third grader I took part in the first restored Easter Vigil celebrated in my home parish. It was the early 1950’s. Our parish was well prepared for the celebration. There were special booklets for...

Was Jesus Really Plan B?

The majority of Christian theologians and preachers have seen Jesus’ incarnation as a response to the sin of Adam and Eve: no sin, no incarnation. In effect, that makes the Incarnation Plan B. Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan theologian who died in 1308 and was beatified in 1993, saw this...

Jerusalem: Christ’s Tomb

Holy Sepulchre Basilica, perhaps Christianity’s most important shrine, was completed in 335 by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. An early Christian shrine had been replaced with a pagan temple in 135. After the Crusaders seized Jerusalem in 1099, they built the current church, which also includes...

Hope: A World Afire

I just returned from an incredible weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. This is my seventh year attending, and each year I return home inspired and awed. This year was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies. The theme of the event was Hope: A World Afire,...

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