The importance of feasting in the Christian tradition

Posted by Bridgid Smith on Apr 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM

“Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our Lord. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

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Topics: Practice, liturgy, traditions, feast days

Easter and the life-giving vocation of us all

Posted by Kate Van de Loo on Apr 21, 2019 7:05:00 AM

 

In the sacrament of baptism, which we recall at Easter, each of us received both a new identity as a child of God and a vocation to live a life transformed by our encounter with the Lord. We received these gifts not only for our own benefit, but also for the benefit of others.

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Topics: Easter, conversion, Cross, saints, Scripture, vocation, holidays

Learning from the Exsultet, the proclamation hymn of Easter

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 20, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Has your church sent out formal invitations to the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday? Don’t worry. The most eloquent words of invitation are front-loaded right into the Easter Vigil liturgy itself. Beginning with the instruction that we in the pews, the whole Church, our world and the angels in heaven should get ready to “exult” tonight, the Proclamation of Easter calls us, in its own words, to an “ardent love of mind and heart.”

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Topics: Easter, Exsultet

At Notre-Dame de Paris, cross and altar survive. Is it a miracle?

Posted by John Cavadini on Apr 19, 2019 7:01:00 AM

 

Looking at the pictures of the Cross of Christ, shining with the light of the morning sun, intact amidst the ashes and debris from the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, I found them very moving. Is it a miracle that the cross and altar and candles survived? It depends on what you are willing to call a miracle.

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Topics: Holy Week, Cross, Miracles, inspiration, perspective

What Christ the Bridegroom teaches us about marriage

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Apr 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM

For first century Jews, it must have been strange when Christ, a wife-less celibate, identified himself as a bridegroom. Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute, takes up this topic in his talk Christ as Bridegroom, outlining the various ways in which Christ demonstrates and models spousal love to the Church, as evident in Scripture.

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Topics: Holy Thursday, Jesus Christ, marriage, Sacrament of Matrimony, sacraments, Scripture, salvation history

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