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Honor Holy Week While the Churches are Closed

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In North Carolina, we are under a state of emergency, where no more than ten people can congregate at one time. Therefore, our Bishop cancelled all Masses throughout my Diocese, until further notice. Yet, this is the holiest week of the year, with Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Services, and of course, the Easter Vigil. So, how might one honor Holy Week while the Churches are closed? Honor Holy Week Although we cannot attend services here in North Carolina, and perhaps in your neck of the woods, as well, here are some suggestions on how you might honor Holy Week, safely from our own homes: Read Scripture, specifically the daily Mass readings. You can find them by... Read more...

‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ Sunday Reflections, 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A

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The Raising of Lazarus Rembrandt [Web Gallery of Art]
There is a very good commentary on this painting in the March 2020 issue of the liturgical monthly Magnificat.

A Comment on the Covid-19 Pandemic

A diocesan priest in Canada, officially retired but very active pastorally in his diocese and who is a good friend, sent me the following, which I have slightly edited, a few days ago.
I can see how this trial can make for a great Easter. Only our relationship with Christ cannot be destroyed by the horrors of the world. The prayer on the opening Sunday of Lent reads: Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observance of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effectsThrough our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who ives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. The Season of Lent will deliver us into the riches hidden in Christ [emphasis added].
I find that these days have for us priests the…

'Lord, I believe.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A

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Healing of the Blind Man (scene 7) Duccio di Buoninsegna [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
For the shorter form of the Gospel omit the passages [in square brackets].
GospelJohn 9:1-41 [9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]  (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. [His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’] When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go,…

See Lent Through the Eyes of Mary

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Have you ever imagined what the Passion and death of Jesus looked like from Mary’s perspective? I had the opportunity a couple years back to attend a Stations of the Cross, using a booklet that presented each station through the eyes of Mary. It was an extremely powerful experience. (I’ve included a link to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Get a free download for yourself). Lent, Through the Eyes of Mary Talk about feeling helpless! Mary could only watch as the most horrific things were done to her Son. She saw Jesus bruised and bleeding, and like any good mother, she wanted to address His wounds. Yet, she could do nothing. Mary heard the crowd speak against Jesus, and she wanted to defend Him. Yet, she could do nothing. Her love for Jesus was so great, that she wanted to spare Him the pain, by carrying the cross herself. Yet, she could do nothing. How often have we seen loved ones suffer, and sometimes die, and we, too, felt helpless, like Mary? Mary understands ... Read more...

'We know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’ Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A

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Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well Johann Zick [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)

For the shorter form of the Gospel omit the passages [in square brackets].
GospelJohn 4:5-42 [4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42]  (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it…