Christ

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Find Christ beyond our compulsions

All three readings for the 13th Sunday in Oradinary Time speak about the paradox of losing life in order to find life. In the first reading, the prophet Elisha meets a woman of influence who persuades him to dine with her. Later, whenever the prophet passed by, he would stop to dine there. She and her husband agreed to fix up a room for him to stay every time he passed by. On one occasion the man of God said to her, "This time next year you will be fondling a baby son."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Receiving Christ’s Body and Blood preserves us for eternal life

The poet John Ciardi once said, "I love to hang around words and listen to what they mean." Catholics might aptly paraphrase that by saying, "We Catholics love to hang around Christ's words as He reveals to us the meaning of the Holy Eucharist."

In the Gospel for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus says, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day."

Opportunity to grow prayer life gains in popularity

Map courtesy of John Schwob, Director of Pastoral Planning

An opportunity to grow in prayer and relationship with Christ is expanding in the archdiocese due to the program's popularity.

About 50 people participated at four parish locations in 2014 when Oremus was offered to the first cohort of the archdiocesan Lay Formation Program. Now, with the eight-week Catholic prayer study course offered around the archdiocese, participation and number of sites have mushroomed.

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated April 23.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy. She wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from His heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!"

Editorial | Alleluia! He is risen

The celebrations of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are opportunities to meditate on the many blessings God has given us. The hope of the Resurrection and the manifestation of God's infinite mercy provide each of us with strength to deal with and overcome difficulties we face.

Jesus' glorious resurrection from the dead at first sparked hope and courage in only a few disciples. But that spark has since been fanned into a vigorous strength because Christ is alive in all of us. He is the world's only Savior. He continues to stand over all human history. He makes our history salvation history.

BEFORE THE CROSS | The Old Testament foreshadows the plan Christ fulfills

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them the breath of life. This first gift foreshadowed the gift of the Holy Spirit — the very breath of God — at Pentecost, which gave the apostles Christ's own life.

When God saw the wickedness of the earth in the time of Noah, He washed away its sins with the flood. The Old Testament flood foreshadowed baptism, which washes original sin from our body and soul.

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