The Annunciation: A Matter of Life and Death

There’s an ancient Jewish tradition which holds that March 25, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the moment when our Lord and Savior took on our human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, is also the day on which God began the original masterpiece of His Creation. Continue reading “The Annunciation: A Matter of Life and Death”

The Most Holy Day of Days

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The altar over the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem, which reads, “Surrexit. Non est hic. Ecce locus ubi posuerunt eum.” (He has arisen. He is not here. Behold the place where they put him.)

“On this most holy days of days” as the hymn Ye Sons and Daughters states, our hearts should be full of joy. For Christians, Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection is the most important day of the whole year. It is the day when we recall the most important words ever spoken in the history of the world, from the first moment of time until last: He is risen. He is not here. Perhaps some, even among the Christian faithful, might find these words a little over-dramatized, yet I would beg to differ because, when we really consider this moment in context, words simply fail to capture this epic moment. Continue reading “The Most Holy Day of Days”

The Tongue of the Mute Will Sing: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Growing up, my brothers and I were involved in the Boy Scouts. There was a certain honor society within the Scouts with a detailed initiation process. Part of the process involved 24 hours of silence, on two separate occasions. What made it particularly challenging was that you were surrounded by others who could talk…and sometimes tested your ability to remain silent. That was the first time in my life I had spent a significant amount of time not talking. Then as a seminarian and as a priest, we regularly have silent retreats which last upwards of four days, an experience which many of you, I’m sure have also experienced. What I always remember, whether it was the first time as a teenager or as a priest, is the joy of being able to speak once again – after only four days at the most! Continue reading “The Tongue of the Mute Will Sing: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”