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Easter Season

The Lent-Easter Cycle in our Catholic liturgical year is my favorite time of that year. The liturgies are full of meaningful celebrations that focus on the challenges that life presents us. The Paschal Mystery, which we celebrate at this time, brings forward the deeper realities of our lives as persons, as communities, and as Christians. It reminds and makes present in the Eucharistic celebrations of this time our experience of God’s Love being among us in all the struggles, difficulties, joys, and ecstasy that arise in our daily experience. One of the essentials I try …

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Fruits of Lent

During Easter week my wife and I went out to dinner at our local Mexican restaurant and got to talking with Jose’, the restaurant owner, who happens to be a fellow parishioner. We were all talking about how this past Lent had been our best in many years when Jose’ said that now he’s looking for the “fruits of Lent”.  His point was that if the spiritual disciplines we began in Lent were beneficial, it doesn’t make any sense to quit at Easter.  Lent should yield good fruit well afterward, and if it doesn’t, then …

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Rounding Third and Heading for Home

This year, opening day fell the day after Easter. Two events that serve as harbingers of spring—no matter what the weather is—in the closest possible proximity. They are days that give us hope that winter will be ending sooner than later and that the long, hot days of summer can’t be far off.  (I personally am much fonder of heat than cold, so this is a time of celebration for many reasons.) For me, this time of year also signaled that I am in the home stretch of my “initiation” into life at a new …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday: April 7, 2013 Gospel: John 20:19-31 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had …

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He’s Still Working Miracles!

As we continue to celebrate the Easter mysteries, it is a time “for the community and the neophytes together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing the works of charity… Through their experience of the sacraments they have received…they truly have been renewed in mind, tasted more deeply the sweetness of God’s word, received the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and grown to know the goodness of the Lord.  Out of this experience, …

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Transitions

The Easter Season is many things to many people.  For the not so religious it is a time for shopping for the latest fashions, planning and executing the perfect egg hunt, and finding all the best-tasting chocolate creations that now come in all forms. For the Catholic religious, it begins with Lent, leading up to Holy Week with a hard-core press of services from Holy Thursday until Easter morning Mass.  Then we begin the Great Fifty Days of Easter on our way to Pentecost. A great part of my Lenten season, Easter and the beginning …

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Keep Celebrating

On the Third Sunday of Easter I pulled out the remnants of our Easter candy stash. Everything fits nicely into a zip-lock bag now and the kids know when it’s coming.  They got really excited and started to exclaim, “Happy Easter!” Then my almost three-year-old asked me, “Mom, is it STILL Easter?” “You bet,” I replied.  “He is RISEN!!” This time she was a little exasperated, “Mom, Easter is a really long day.” Yes, Easter is a really long day.  One big, really long party and we’re supposed to keep on celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection long …

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God’s “Bravo” for Jesus.

If Jesus’ life had ended on the cross, his story might have been a high point in creation. Here was someone who had done everything right, had followed God’s plan for the world in his words and actions, had attempted to contribute to the development of what God had begun in the human creature, had apparently demonstrated how rich and how spiritually profound a human life could be. It was an exemplary life. But Jesus’ life ending on the cross would also have been one of the saddest stories in the history of creation. He …

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How Much Does Mercy Cost?

As a teacher, it has not been unusual for one of my students – especially for one of my high school students – to plead with me, “Father, when you grade our tests, have mercy!” For me to give an extra point or two on an exam is easy. To round up to the next grade doesn’t cost me anything. And if it weren’t for a healthy respect for justice, I could just as easily give all my students A’s. But that’s not all mercy is about. Mercy often has a cost. In the Gospel, …

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Resurrection Day!

The very first year my wife and I were married, we were living far away from family and spent Easter with just the two us.  Shortly after sunrise, she awoke me with a present, a copy of Matt Maher’s Easter album entitled, Overflow. I wish I could adequately describe to you the warmth I experienced turning on that first song, Resurrection Day.  All the fasting and sacrifice, the sorrow and shame, the heart-wrenching genuine penitence that had marked my Lenten season burst out of me, washed away in my joyful tears.  It’s the weight of …

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