The Passion

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 […]

Following Jesus to His Hour

"Christ's Entry into Jerusalem" by Hippolyte Flandrin

“Walk with Him, both in His triumphal entry and on His way to Calvary.”  Jesus entered Jerusalem many times throughout His life. As an observant Jew, he would have traveled up to the Holy City for the festivals of Tabernacles, Pentecost, and Passover each year. We have countless references to Him teaching in Jerusalem or traveling up to Jerusalem. But […]

No Greater Love

The great task of the spiritual life, one saint of the early Church was accustomed to say, is to “un-forget.” Like the Jews in the desert, who were prone to forget both the great miracles by which God freed them from Pharaoh and the great care that motivated those wonders, so all people, Christians included, can lose touch with the […]

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

On this Good Friday, 2011, we recall the Passion and Death of Our Lord.  The supreme act of love that began with the Incarnation is now made complete on that first Good Friday when our God suffered his Passion and Death on the Cross.  The glorious Resurrection and Ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were still to […]

The Journey of Conversion Toward Easter

Nearly six years after Pope Benedict’s election, most of us have become accustomed to how rich, clear and evangelically fresh his writings are. He writes with such a depth, scope and application to perennial human questions that it would not at all be surprising if Christians centuries from now regard his homilies and speeches, encyclicals and exhortations, papal and pre-papal […]