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How to approach Holy Communion, according to ‘The Imitation of Christ’

Kempis provides a short guide on how to dispose oneself before receiving the Eucharist.<p>Ever since the 15th century countless souls have turned to a …

Theology

How many times did Jesus appear after his resurrection?

The number may surprise you.<p>After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his disciples on numerous occasions. This he did not just on a single day, …

Theology

I first read Humanae Vitae as a Protestant. Its truthfulness made me weep

The world is full of lonely souls who need a beacon in their darkness, an ointment for their wounds, and a means of grace for their bereft spirits. …

Christianity

Bizarre Things on The Passion of the Christ

Since I’m sure many of you will be watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ sometime this Lent, here are some bizarre things which happened on …

Mel Gibson

Four Things to Remember When You’re Suffering

Shortly before Lent began, we heard a reading from the Book of Job. It was a woeful lamentation, of course, as is the entire book. But what struck me …

Employment

LEARN THE TEN BEATITUDES OF GOD’S MERCY | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV

<b>Blessed are those who learn and put into practice these ten Beatitudes—blessings—that flow from living out the greatest virtue in the Sacred Heart of</b> …

Theology

The Resurrection Was the Greatest Event in History

By Fr. George Rutler | We know directly from Saint Paul that Greek philosophers thought the Resurrection was a curious absurdity. Politicians more …

Theology

13 Myths of the Crucifixion

By Thomas McGovern, MD | For all of our lives, we Catholics have been gazing at Crucifixes. We see them at home, in school, at the hospital, in …

Theology

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “I Am Ascending”? - Community in Mission

Msgr. Charles Pope • April 2, 2018 • 3 Comments<p>Noli Me Tangere, Fra Bartolomeo (1506)<p>Even as Easter moves swiftly on, it is valuable to ponder some …

Theology

Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event? - Community in Mission

Msgr. Charles Pope • April 1, 2018 • 10 Comments<p>There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. …

Christianity

Passiontide Chronology: Good Friday - Community in Mission

Msgr. Charles Pope • March 29, 2018 • 3 Comments<p>Trial of Jesus, Duccio (1308-11)<p>Jesus was arrested late Thursday evening. The Scriptures recount,<p><i>They</i> …

Theology

Jesus is Real: A Homily for Easter Sunday - Community in Mission

Msgr. Charles Pope • March 31, 2018 • 2 Comments<p>At the Tomb, Peter Cornelius (1815-22)<p>One of the possible Gospel readings for Easter is from John (I …

Theology

Passiontide Chronology: Holy Thursday - Community in Mission

Msgr. Charles Pope • March 28, 2018 • 5 Comments<p>According to the Synoptic Gospels, sundown of Holy Thursday ushered in the Passover. Later on this …

Theology

Why Jesus Rose from the Dead

Why did Jesus rise from the dead? The Resurrection is the central, defining event of the Christian faith, so it seems like this should be an easy …

Christianity

Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

<i>(Let the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, speak to us, console us, and edify us as The Blessed Mother surely did in the Cenacle as she awaited the</i> …

Theology

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day of our salvation, the day God died to redeem sinful man. Let us spend this day in prayer and penance in thanksgiving to …

Theology

On the Resurrection of the Lord

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen! A sermon from Pope St. Leo the Great serves as our meditation for Easter Sunday today.The post …

Theology

Holy Week: Good Friday - Jesus Dies on the Cross

Joseph Criscuoli. The Crucifixion. (used with permission)JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS<br>The Cross was his glory. Jesus did not speak of being crucified; he …

3 Historical Facts About the Resurrection All Skeptics Must Reckon With

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only …

Theology

A Good Friday Meditation

How did Jesus heal our wounds? As our meditation for Good Friday, Bishop Theodoret of Cyr reflects in an excerpt from a treatise he wrote.The post A …

Theology

Good Friday: The Victory of the Cross

<b>Terrorism is nothing new.</b> It’s probably as old as the human race.In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous …

Theology

Good Friday: The Start of a New Beginning

<b>To the sophisticated Romans</b> of the ancient world crucifixions were a hum-drum affair. They were as routine as writing a traffic ticket. For instance, …

Theology

The Cross is a Choice for Heaven or Hell

The Cross is about the vulnerability of God, it is about God placing himself into our hands.<br>In the Crucifixion God is scourged, spat upon, crowned …

Picturing the Passion: What do we see at da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’?

The Apostles react with bewilderment, guilt, doubt, and betrayal when Jesus reveals "One of you is going to betray me."<p>Undoubtedly the most …

Theology

These saints’ insight into the Passion will help you share in Christ’s pain

Have you ever considered how many soldiers gathered to taunt Our Lord?<p>Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for you. And we say those words so …

Holy Sepulchre

Maundy Thursday

As we come to the end of Lent, we begin the Sacred Triduum, the high holy days of the Christian liturgical year when we remember and celebrate the …

Christianity

The First Holy Hour

There are, in the life of the believer, occasions when the Lord seems to slumber. It isn’t that He feels completely absent—as He did to St. John of …

Theology

Betrayal at the Last Supper

The Passover was the greatest of all the Jewish feasts. It was the annual commemoration of the delivery of the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt. …

Theology

Spy Wednesday 2016

A repost from last year’s meditation for Spy Wednesday.<p>Meditation from Fr. Posper Gueranger on this Wednesday during Holy Week:<p>The Chief Priests and …

What is “Spy Wednesday”?

Before Jesus celebrated the Passover, a "spy" went out to betray him.<p>As the days of Holy Week move forward, various events occur that directly lead …

Theology