Death

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The Great Man

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia affected me rather strongly, as I had long admired both him and his son, Fr. Paul Scalia, a priest in my diocese.  Mind you, I am not someone who takes an especially profound interest in politics or the law.  For me Justice Scalia was a cultural and intellectual […]

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“Lazarus, come out!”

Today I was reading the book Jesus: a Pilgrimage by James Martin. In this particular section of the book that I was reading, Martin was discussing the passage in John where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44). He pointed out how in the passage Jesus receives a message from Martha and Mary informing […]

A Man of Both Conscience and Prudence

The Church, in Her wisdom, gives us many great Saints to venerate and imitate, spread throughout all times, places, vocations, and professions so that the omnipresence and catholicity of God’s salvation might be shown to the world. One great example of this marvelous diversity of the Saints is the man whose feast day we celebrate […]

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Gazing into the Abyss of God-forsakenness

“God is dead.” Friedrich Nietzsche On this Holy Saturday, the strangest of days, Nietzsche’s famous declaration in fact rings true. On this one day of the year, the God of the Universe is dead. True, God is eternal and could never die in His divinity. But yesterday, Jesus Christ, God Himself made flesh, was brutally […]

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The Catholic Response to Death

During Lent our thoughts naturally turn to questions of mortality. The season, after all, commences with Ash Wednesday and its reminder of “Thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return,” and ends with the commemoration of the Our Lord’s Passion.  Throughout Lent we are reminded of our duty to “put to death” our sins […]

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