…And So We Enter Into the Triduum Once Again

The Paschal Mystery we relive in the Easter Triduum is not just a memory but a current reality. Even today, Christ overcomes sin and death with His love. Evil in all its forms does not have the last word. The final triumph is of Christ, truth, love! If we are prepared to suffer and die with Him, as St. Paul reminds us in the Easter vigil, His life becomes our life. It is upon this certainty that our Christian lives are built.”

~Pope Benedict XVI

 

Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”

~ Ven. Fulton Sheen

“Truth wears a crown of thorns”

~St. Faustina

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

~ Pope John Paul II

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Happy Birthday!

A very happy birthday to 2 of my all-time favorite Roman Catholics: my son, Arthur, is 3 today, and the Pope Emeritus is 87. May God richly bless them both, and grant them many years!

 

 

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Upcoming Appearance on the Catholic Channel

If any of you are Sirius Radio subscribers, tune in to the Catholic Channel around 8:15 a.m. tomorrow morning. I’m scheduled to be interviewed on Gus Lloyd’s program tomorrow! Gus has a segment called “Conversion Corner”, and we’ll be discussing how I became Catholic.

 

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My Testimony on “Why I’m Catholic”

The great website “Why I’m Catholic” has just published the testimony of how we converted to the Catholic Church. You can read it here!

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“Why I’m Catholic” is a wonderful resource for all those who are investigating the truth of the Catholic faith. It features a host of testimonies from people who have come home to the Catholic Church from a wide variety of backgrounds. I’m honored to be a part of the community of people who have shared their stories there!

Especially as we draw close to the Easter Vigil–liturgically, the second “anniversary” of our coming into the Church– I am reminded of how much grace and mercy the Lord has shown us in this journey. Of all the reasons I love being Catholic, first and foremost is the profound depths of love that Jesus Christ shows us in the Holy Eucharist. I will never forget that first night we received Holy Communion, and I pray that others may come to that profound joy soon.

 

 

 

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St. Leo the Great on the Passion of Christ

Many thanks to John from Wilderness Outreach for sharing this…

 

“The cross of Christ is the source of all blessings, the cause of all graces

Our understanding, which is enlightened by the Spirit of truth, should receive with purity and freedom of heart the glory of the cross as it shines in heaven and on earth. It should see with inner vision the meaning of the Lord’s words when he spoke of the imminence of his passion: The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Afterward he said: Now my soul is troubled, and what am I to say? Father, save me from this hour. But it was for this that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your Son. When the voice of the Father came from heaven, saying, I have glorified him, and will glorify him again, Jesus said in reply to those around him: It was not for me that this voice spoke, but for you. Now is the judgment of the world, now will the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself.

How marvelous the power of the cross; how great beyond all telling the glory of the passion: here is the judgment-seat of the Lord, the condemnation of the world, the supremacy of Christ crucified.

Lord, you drew all things to yourself so that the devotion of all peoples everywhere might celebrate, in a sacrament made perfect and visible, what was carried out in the one temple of Judea under obscure foreshadowing.

Now there is a more distinguished order of Levites, a greater dignity for the rank of elders, a more sacred anointing for the priesthood, because your cross is the source of all blessings, the cause of all graces. Through the cross the faithful receive strength from weakness, glory from dishonor, life from death.

The different sacrifices of animals are no more: the one offering of your body and blood is the fulfillment of all the different sacrificial offerings, for you are the true Lamb of God: you take away the sins of the world. In yourself you bring to perfection all mysteries, so that, as there is one sacrifice in place of all other sacrificial offerings, there is also one kingdom gathered from all peoples.

Dearly beloved, let us then acknowledge what Saint Paul, the teacher of the nations, acknowledged so exultantly: This is a saying worthy of trust, worthy of complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.

God’s compassion for us is all the more wonderful because Christ died, not for the righteous or the holy but for the wicked and the sinful, and, though the divine nature could not be touched by the sting of death, he took to himself, through his birth as one of us, something he could offer on our behalf.

The power of his death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up. By dying he submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again he destroyed them. He did away with the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time, not of eternity. As all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ.”

 

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St. John Baptist De la Salle

One of the great things about being a new Catholic is that there’s 2,000 years of history to get acquainted with. Just today, I learned that we teachers have a patron saint, whose feast day is today!

 

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I am going to need to do some research on this saint. Thanks to Dr. Scott Hahn for posting this on his Facebook page! St. John Baptist De la Salle, ora pro nobis!

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It’s Almost Laetare Sunday…

Rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of our Lenten penance! Here are two of the English propers that the schola I am a part will be chanting this weekend:

 

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