Good Friday

The Limitless Mercy of Easter

“We place limits on God’s mercy that he does not, whether because we want to see others receive justice or because we feel unworthy of his love.”  In the octave of Easter, the Church simultaneously celebrates the Divine Mercy novena. This wasn’t the idea of the Church, but the request of Jesus. “I desire that the First Sunday after Easter […]

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 […]

How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is […]

The Day We Call “Good”

"The Crucifixion" (detail) by Leon Bonnat

We have committed the greatest sin imaginable. Deicide. The creatures have killed their Creator. The mysteries of today abound. We never could have killed our God if He hadn’t allowed it. “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again” (John […]

Daily Reflection—The Lord’s First Word is Forgiveness

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Almighty God, Merciful Father, in the Name of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ and by Thy Spirit, prepare for us that mystical space of prayer where we encounter Thy Presence. Holy Spirit, open our minds and hearts, directing us to all that you would reveal. Strengthen us […]

Daily Quote — from Fr. Romano Guardini

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

“If one were to ask of the New Testament: What is Man? It would reply with the words of the apostle John: That creature whom God ‘so loved . . . that he gave his only-begotten Son . . .’ (3:16). The answer immediately evokes a second: Man is that creature who dared to slaughter the Son God sent him…” […]

We Do Not Face Death Alone

"The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection" (detail) by Eugene Burnand

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He poured out all he had, […]

How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is […]

My people, what have I done to you?

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

The Reproaches The Good Friday Reproaches, or Improperia, are among the most unsettling prayers of the Church’s liturgical tradition. They are fitting for the most unsettling day of the year: that day we dare to call “Good,” the day our churches stand stark and empty, the day when the comforting words of the Holy Mass are not uttered, the day […]

Daily Reflection—The Lord’s First Word is Forgiveness

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Almighty God, Merciful Father, in the Name of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ and by Thy Spirit, prepare for us that mystical space of prayer where we encounter Thy Presence. Holy Spirit, open our minds and hearts, directing us to all that you would reveal. Strengthen us […]