“Return to Galilee”

On Easter Monday, I joked that I had a “liturgy hangover.” The Easter Triduum is one of my favorite times in the Church year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, decorating our parish church, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday—the weekend becomes not three days but one continuous round of rest and activity....

Easter Joy and Life!

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Shouts of exaltation about our risen Lord capture our attention each Easter vigil. The somber and reflective time of Lent ends as we enter the joyous and life-giving season of Easter. Each of us spends time with family, friends and church members during this...

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...

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