I recently participated in a poll about my favorite Triduum service. It will always have to be Good Friday.

About 10 years ago my grandmother was moved from Ohio to our area to be in a nursing home. Faltering health and some dementia were settling in. My dad made the most visits to her and would…

Some Good Friday reflection about why bad things happen and a special love.

My seminarian friends, you must read this.
So many have been enthralled by Pope Francis. It is important to remember that he is first and foremost “just” a priest, like the ones in parishes everywhere.

I just posted our parish’s Holy Week schedule on my local town’s FB page.
I feel so evangelical!
Sort of cool and scary at the same time.

In other news, 3500 children were killed today with the blessings of their mothers - but we don’t have time for that.

In other news, 3500 children were killed today with the blessings of their mothers - but we don’t have time for that.

Who am I?

(From Vatican News)
During this week, he said, “We would do well to ask just one question: who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, who enters into Jerusalem in celebration? Am I able to express my joy, to praise Him? Or do I keep distant? Who am I, before Jesus Who suffers?”

The Holy Father recalled the names of those appearing in the Gospel reading for the day which recounts Christ’s Passion and Death. “Is my life asleep,” he said, like that of the disciples who slept while the Lord suffered? “Am I like Judas, who pretended to love, and kissed the Master to give him over, to betray him? Am I a traitor?” Pope Francis listed the other players in the account of Christ’s Passion, calling us to ask ourselves if we are like one of these: Pilate, who washed his hands of his responsibility in condemning Jesus; the crowds who chose the criminal Barabbas over Jesus; the soldiers who struck Jesus and mocked him; the passersby who mocked Jesus as he hung on the Cross.

The Pope then went on to name those in the Gospel reading who showed their fidelity to Jesus: Simon of Cyrene, who helped carry the Cross; Joseph of Arimathea, the “hidden disciple,” who offered his own newly-hewn tomb for Jesus’ Body to be laid in; the women who wept and prayed before the tomb. Am I like Mary, he said, the “Mother of Jesus, who was there, suffering silently?”

Pope Francis concluded his homily saying that this question ought to accompany us through Holy Week: “Where is my heart? To which of these people am I most alike?”

When I have spoken to my Catholic friends and family about my feelings about the apparent fall of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity I have cited Sodom and Gamorrah. In that reading God promises to spare the towns “if only 10 are faithful…” Fr. Miscamble is one of those faculty members that I have always greatly admired - one of the best classes I ever had (24 years ago). There are still some that still have the prioirties for Notre Dame in the right place.

The Pope listened to the Gospel account of how Jesus’s disciples fell asleep just before he was betrayed by Judas before his crucifixion and then said: “Has my life fallen asleep?” “Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

“It is therefore necessary to reiterate the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless, and her unborn child in the womb is the innocent par excellence.”

“’I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she says. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work…’”

Tolerance strikes again. Not really.

Men are falling behind. A larger percentage of women than men finish high school. Women now earn 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of master’s degrees, and 53 percent of doctorates.

I am from IL and was doing some research after a recent set of articles came up about Senator Durbin being denied Holy Eucharist. He was denied due to his continuing support of abortion after his pastor had tried for years to counsel him.
I found it fascinating (and really quite sad) that Senator Durbin was so (apparently) strongly pro-life when he was in the House, including being a Master of Ceremonies for a Right to Life conference in 1982.
It seems that he sold out after he went to Washington and then perhaps switched as he decided to go towards a seat in the Senate.

I believe that most politicians are the most honest when they first get into government and then it becomes a test of character to see how much they have changed. The good news, to me, is that I can look at him as Luke did to Darth Vader - I can feel there is still good in him. The sad news is that this makes him and so many other leaders just fallen people who fell to corruption and influence from certain lobbying groups and party leadership.

I just have a hard time buying that the same party that touts that the GOP has a “war on women” and doesn’t believe in equal rights of women is the same party that supports sex-selective abortions and the killing of baby girls that happen every day - just for having an X instead of a Y.

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