Thirsting for the Cross

Thirsting for the Cross

“I thirst.” / Eucharist Jesus proclaims from the cross, within inches of death, that He thirsts.  Out of His seven final phrases from the cross, this one is the most understandable, yet very perplexing.  It is not hard to imagine that Jesus would be thirsty on the cross, but why would he choose to leave [...]

Sharers in the Mission

Sharers in the Mission

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” / Confirmation Jesus continues to hang on the cross; his body bruised from the Garden of Gethsemane and beaten from the scourging at the pillar.  His muscles exhausted from lack of sleep and bearing the cross through the streets of Jerusalem.  Jesus has given his entire body [...]

Mercy In A Moment

Mercy In A Moment

“Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” / Reconciliation I was sitting in “my family’s pew” at a Sunday Mass, and our Irish parish priest was preaching on a story about the Devil and three of his demons. The Devil asks his subordinates what is the surest way to [...]

The Great Announcement

The Great Announcement

Today, the Church celebrates the great mystery to begin all mysteries: The Annunciation.  This may be the most important announcement of all time (just barely squeaking past Ron Burgundy's prolific Cannonball Announcement).  This is the first mystery of the rosary and the linchpin of all subsequent mysteries.  We all know the story, but do we [...]