The Holy Spirit brings understanding

Jargon – those specialized words and expressions that we sometimes use without even being aware of it. As a Roman Catholic liturgist I occasionally catch myself referring … Read More

Writers help us learn how God works

This week’s readings from the Acts of the Apostles and Matthew’s Gospel recount the historical occurrence of Jesus ascending to the Father. He does this in the … Read More

Jesus tells us what we are to do

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Usually when we think of commandments we think of the Ten Commandments, but those commandments are found in … Read More

Answer the call to share Christ’s light

On this Fifth Sunday of Easter, as we continue to celebrate the new life offered to us through the resurrected Christ, we hear these words: “You are … Read More

Follow Jesus’ model of leadership

The author of a commentary on this week’s Gospel writes, “Jesus is the model for all who are called to leadership.” This week’s readings contain a number … Read More

‘Weep with those who weep’

In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola counsels the retreatant, when the time comes for considering the Resurrection, to realize that the Risen Christ plays the … Read More

Is seeing required for belief?

“Seeing is believing.” We’ve heard it said a thousand times. But is this what we, as Christians, really believe? This week’s readings seem to beg the question. … Read More

He is risen, he is risen, indeed!

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because … the earth was in terror … Read More

Crosses come in many forms

They opened her up, and then closed her. The cancer has spread; there’s nothing they can do. Sentenced to death, her passion has begun. The woman is … Read More

Grasp the lesson in the tale of Lazarus

The Gospel reading this week tells about Jesus’ friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Despite some very complex theological discussion it is a very human tale. When … Read More