Cross

Daily Reflection — Into New Life

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during […]

Learning to Carry Your Cross

Four years ago, I was in the middle of a rocky phase of life.  I was moving apartments, there were major changes at my workplace, and a priest who kept me sane was suddenly transferred to another mission.  There was change in my personal world, my work world, and my spiritual world. Lent was still several weeks away, but I […]

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Qualities of Life in the Kingdom

Today is the final Sunday on the Church’s annual liturgical calendar. Not only is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, not only is he our brother and friend, Jesus Christ is our God and our King. And so we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe—or Christ the King. This celebration is a recent addition to […]

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

Lift High the Cross

September 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Each year when it comes around, I remember when Sister Carol Marie lifted high the cross in faith. It was late summer in California. The skies were a limpid blue. A balmy ocean breeze blew across the sand. Children were building sandcastles. Windsurfers cut like knives across the […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Caryll Houselander

“The way to begin healing the wounds of the world is to treasure the Infant Christ in us; to be not the castle but the cradle of Christ; and, in rocking that cradle to the rhythm of love, to swing the whole world back into the beat of the Music of Eternal Life.” (Caryll Houselander, Wood of the Cradle, Wood […]

Photography © by Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

The Paschal Mystery

Burning but not consumed! This was the strange sight that Moses beheld in the desert—a bush on fire yet contained. Such a strange phenomenon! Moses moved closer to examine the mystery before him. “No, Moses, stop where you are and remove your sandals for this is holy ground!” This was no natural mystery as Moses would now realize, but one […]

Father Hans Urs von Balthasar

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Father Hans Urs von Balthasar

“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” (Father Hans Urs von Balthasar) Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, considered one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, was named to become a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, but died before the consistory took […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Ambrose of Milan

“For her part, Mary did not fail to live up to her station as the Mother of Christ. When the apostles fled, she stood before the Cross and gazed tenderly on the wounds of her Son, because she was waiting, not for her Son’s death, but for the salvation of the world.” (St. Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor of the […]