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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 […]

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A Meditation on an Empty Tomb

Oh, what it must have been like to see that empty tomb on that first Easter day! Early in the morning the day after the Sabbath, the word begins to spread, as a whispering murmur first, but then openly, in an ever louder voice, that the body of Jesus was nowhere to be found. The […]

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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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True Myth

Lo! our earth is in her spring, bearing thus her witness that, with her Lord, she has all her gifts restored. For now the woods with their leaves and the meadows with their flowers, pay homage to Jesus’ triumph over the gloomy tomb. –Salve Festa Dies, Venantius Fortunatus (English translation) Thanks to an overlong winter, […]

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