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If Christ Defeated Death, Why Do We Die?

Christ truly died on the Cross. It was not faked, and it was not a trick or sleight of hand. His death was the real thing, involving pain, aloneness, and removal from the living. Yet when He bowed His thorn-crowned head and uttered the earth-shaking words, “It is finished” (John 19:30), it was not His life that was finished but rather the reign of death ...
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Holy Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday

A Holy Week Message: Hope in the Face of Death

We’ve just celebrated what is no doubt one of the strangest Palm Sundays in Church history—and we’re entering a Holy Week that is no less strange. But for many of us, this Holy Week feels more real than ever before ... Read More
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We Were Born to Die, but We Were Created to Live

Certainly we were all born to die. That’s a true statement, but it only points to a partial reality. For fuller understanding we need to peer into what lies beyond our physical death. Yes, death is the end of physical life as we know it now, but death is also a birth into ... Read More
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Preparing for Death

When a family member is gripped by a terminal illness, those who love that person struggle with what to tell him or her. Sometimes, because of a misguided desire not to upset the sick person, a code of silence surrounds the individual. However, we all need to be prepared for ... Read More

What Mary’s Yes Means for Us

The Church venerates Mary under the title Theotokos, the Mother of God. This devotion to Mary has always been rooted in devotion to Jesus himself. If Jesus was truly man and truly God in one person, and Mary was the mother of that person, then it is absolutely right to say ... Read More
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What Happens When We Die?

Death is a birth into eternal life, but not everyone will have the same destination. There will be a day of reckoning, the particular judgment, for each and every person at the time of death. Those who are “found in Christ” will enjoy a heavenly existence. Yet there is another ... Read More

We Need to be Shaken Up by the Stations of the Cross

The way of the Cross is the inevitable way of a Christian’s heart. Indeed, it is almost impossible to imagine the Church without the devotion that goes by that name. It goes by other names, too: “The Stations of the Cross,” “Via Crucis,” “Via Dolorosa”—or just “the stations.” The practice ... Read More
St Joseph Day, St Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph: A Model for Priests

St. Joseph probably spent more time with Jesus than any other human being in history. That is quite a thought. Think of all those hours they labored together in the workshop, honing their craft, much of the time in silence ... Read More

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

Today we celebrate the special feast of my patron St. Patrick. As we reflect today on the many blessings in our lives, I'm especially grateful for my Irish heritage ... Read More

The Meaning of Lent

When I think about Lent, I think of the first two readings we use on the First Sunday and the Second Sunday of Lent.  ... Read More
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Pursuing Holiness with the Saints

If you asked me a few years ago about spiritual desolation I would not have had much of an answer for you. We all have struggles in our lives, and I’ve had my share of professional and personal difficulties, but I entered an all-time low—a period of spiritual desolation—when the ... Read More