Crucifixion

Peter, Judas, and the Mercy of God

"Peter's Denial" (detail) by Carl Bloch

This past Sunday we heard of the forgiveness of Christ towards the Woman Taken in Adultery, the week after hearing the story of the Prodigal Son and the Merciful Father.  We need these reminders of God’s mercy in the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, when we will all cry out the dreaded, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” If that moment in […]

Good Friday and the Victory of the Cross

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

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear […]

Good Friday and the Victory of the Cross

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

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear […]

Good Friday and the Victory of the Cross

Photography © by Andy Coan

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear […]

Terrorism has long been with us

Editor’s Note: Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this Friday, September 14th. Terrorism is nothing new. It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians. Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in […]

Good Friday – The Victory of the Cross

Photography © by Andy Coan

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear […]

Confessions of a Catholic Wimp: Why I Can’t Watch ‘The Passion of the Christ’

Call me a big-time Catholic loser, but when some friends got together on Palm Sunday to watch “The Passion of the Christ” for the second time, I didn’t show up. You see, the sad truth of the matter is this: I couldn’t get through it the first time I tried to watch it. I thought about it a quite a […]

Entering the Kingdom

“Are you the king of the Jews?” Pontius Pilate’s question about Jesus’ identity, and Jesus’ response, bring us to the heart of the ongoing drama of Good Friday and the whole Christian life. The accounts of Jesus’ passion all center on whether Jesus is a king and, if so, what kind of king he is. On Palm Sunday, we saw […]