Resurrection of the body

The Hope of Christ’s Wounds

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (detail) by Caravaggio

Everyone should have to answer the theological questions of five-year-olds at least once or twice in their lives.  It’s incredible what their innocent perceptivity will lead them to ask… and leave you to try to explain! My nephew Sammy: “Joannie, where is God?” Me: “He’s everywhere, Sammy.” Sammy: Long pause. Looks up at the ceiling. “Even in that vent up […]

The Risen Jesus Offers Us New Life

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! What more fitting conclusion to a week of drama wrought by sin could there be than the triumph of Life over death! There is so much about Easter to help us live our lives in our day. Surely we can more fully embrace all that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means for us today if we go […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — 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 […]

Beware of False Gospels

Photography © by Andy Coan

In the heyday of the Roman Empire, the corruption of the times caused a wave of dissatisfaction to arise.  Many were disgusted with the gross sensuality of society and yearned for a higher, spiritual kind of existence.  They sought a redeemer who would come down from heaven and enlighten those who walked in darkness. When they heard about Jesus of […]

Instruments of Mercy

Photography © by Andy Coan

We don’t know where Thomas was. All we know is that he missed it. All the others were huddling together behind locked doors, hoping that the authorities would be satisfied with the blood of their master and leave them alone. But Jesus wouldn’t leave them alone. Despite the locked doors, there He stood, glorious in their midst, bringing peace where […]

Practical Lessons from Death’s Defeat

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! What more fitting conclusion to a week of drama wrought by sin could there be than the triumph of Life over death! There is so much about Easter to help us live our lives in our day. Surely we can more fully embrace all that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means for us today if we go […]

A Reflection for Easter Sunday

Photography © by Andy Coan

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, […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — 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 […]

The Paradox of Letting Children Go

When I saw my baby—my baby—flying through the air attached to bungee cords at the county fair, I couldn’t breathe and my arms suddenly ached to hold her and keep her safe. She was so high, so far away. Sure, she’s nine, but still . . . the sight evoked an all too familiar feeling, the same one I had when she took her first […]

Practical Lessons from the Day of Death’s Defeat

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! What more fitting conclusion to a week of drama wrought by sin could there be than the triumph of Life over death! There is so much about Easter to help us live our lives in this day. Surely we can more fully embrace all that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means for us today if we […]