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    The Dream of Claudia

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    “While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.’”  During Holy Week, my meditation often centers on the various characters of the Passion. There are the ones we know well, like the Blessed Mother and Pontius […]

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    Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week

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    It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I was the “new kid on the block,” a recently-arrived postulant who was learning more and […]

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    Solitaire

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    This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by James Matthew Wilson.                                                                                               […]

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    Christ’s Last Will and Testament

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    It is very important to listen to what a person says in the final months, days and hours of one’s life.  It can tell us a great deal about that person. But if we cannot actually hear what a person says, if we are not in his or her presence, we can find a written expression of the person’s last […]

Into the Deep

Death is not the Final Answer

The Final Journey to Jerusalem Begins The account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus is the seventh of the seven signs in St. John’s Gospel that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. Most of us […]

Learn from the Healing of the Man Born Blind

In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is […]

The Moment When All Creation Held its Breath

The Moment There is a moment in time which defines all history; a moment to which all that came before, all that has come after, and all that is yet to come points as supremely significant—the Incarnation. On March 25th of each Liturgical Year, we remember the event that took place then—the moment when the Blessed Virgin Mary gave her fiat to God’s request […]

Surrender & Strength

Powerful Lessons from St. Joseph

As the father of a 21-year-old son with high-functioning autism, I am sometimes challenged to give my oldest child the focus and patience he needs from me.  I frequently feel inadequate when I advise and guide my 18-year-old son through the minefields of today’s culture.  My loving wife should expect my best efforts as a husband, yet I often feel […]

Struggling with a Restless Heart

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (St. Augustine, Confessions). I think most writers are naturally introspective and reflective.  While praying in preparation for Lent not long ago, I prayed for strength and courage to stay focused on the path Christ […]

When Fathers Take Time To Teach Their Children

“I was very grateful in that moment to realize my dad never missed an opportunity to share lessons that would help me be a better father, husband, and man.” I was blessed to grow up with great parents. We didn’t have much, but my parents made sure my sister and I had love, discipline, faith, strong values, and an appreciation […]

Between the Sundays with Joannie Watson

The Dream of Claudia

“While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.’”  During Holy Week, my meditation often centers on the various characters of the Passion. There are the ones we know well, like the Blessed Mother and Pontius […]

Are we too casual at Mass?

“If a non-Catholic witnessed my behavior before, during, and after Mass, would they know what I believed?”  Traveling recently, I found myself at a Sunday Mass that seemed remarkably casual. The people were friendly and the priest was welcoming, but there was a marked feeling of imprecision or even complacency that hung in the church like incense. I came away […]

Sunday Scripture Reflections with Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In the Spotlight

Solitaire

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by James Matthew Wilson.                                                                                               […]

Poetry finds a home at CatholicPhilly.com

A few months ago, I stumbled across the article, What’s poetry doing on a page like this?, by Matthew Gambino, director and general manager at CatholicPhilly.com. Matt wrote, “My aim is to point out poets writing right now about life as we are living it, in all its messiness. I’ll shine an inviting light on contemporary poets who are painting […]

Daily Extras

Daily Quote—for Holy Saturday

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness.  A great stillness because the King is asleep.  The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and has raised up all who have slept since the world began . . . ‘I order you, O sleeper, to awake.  I did […]

Daily Catholic Quote — Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

“The human person is authentic to the extent that he lives the truth. He conforms his mind, words, actions to what is. His mind reflects reality, and his speech reflects his mind. Synonyms therefore are: honesty, fidelity, reliability, trustworthiness, genuineness.” (Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M., 1921-2010, Authenticity) Please share on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Daily Bible Verse — Joshua 1:9

Encountering the Word — Your Daily Bible Verse “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Please share on social media. Print this entry