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.
By Jennifer Brinker, Joseph Kenny and Dave Luecking
In Holy Week, we honor the pinnacle of the Catholic faith, when Jesus rose from the dead as part of God's salvific plan for humanity. This is bigger than Christmas. It's a reminder of His infinite mercy for us, and a time in which we grow closer to Him in love.
A bright morning sun came shining through the patio's sliding glass door and showed me what a poor job I had done vacuuming and dusting over the winter.
I try to keep the house tidy and uncluttered. Dishes done daily. Laundry done weekly. Bathroom scrubbed when needed. And, throughout a Seattle winter with its dark skies and short hours of daylight, the dust and whatever it is that shows up on carpets around the edge of a room were invisible.
Or I just never looked for them.
Out of sight, out of mind. But, apparently, not out of existence; certainly not growing smaller.
Death is not a joyful mystery. Perhaps it should be.
Don't get me wrong, only with very extenuating circumstances will we find joy in the death of anyone, especially a loved one. I have missed my mom every day in the 21 months since she passed away. Yet, as I reflect, it was at least partly selfish of me to have asked for a miraculous cure of her brain cancer then.
And it would be even more selfish of me now to beg God to bring her back from what I assume is her eternal happiness.
Excavating my desk recently, I found the program notes from a Tallis Scholars concert my wife and I had attended a few months ago. Arvo Pärt's was described as "I am the true vine," and its "qualities of stasis and timelessness," as reminiscent of what "former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has described as 'silently waiting on the truth, pure sitting and breathing in the presence of the question mark'."
VATICAN CITY — The power of God's forgiveness "is greater than our sins," Pope Francis said.
Christians have "the certainty that he will never abandon us," the pope said at his weekly general audience March 30 in St. Peter's Square.
"If you fall into sin, stand up! When a child falls, what does he do? He raises his hand to his mother or father to help him up," the pope said. "Raise your hand and God will help you; this is the dignity of God's forgiveness."