Stand beneath the cross with Mary

This Lent I’ve been focusing on the seven sorrows of Mary, which span Jesus’ infancy through his death and burial. The scene that comes back to me over and over in prayer is that of Mary cradling her deceased Son on her lap — the image known as the pietà.

Catholic Voices - The perfect Christmas

Finally. The perfect Christmas. That was the plan anyway. Our daughters, Kathy and Beth, would each fly home, we’d go to Christmas Eve Mass, open presents the next morning, dine while sharing memories and laughter — all perfect.

Film sheds light on problem of guiltless suffering

As any apologist worth his or her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering. If you want a particularly vivid presentation of this complaint, go on YouTube and look up Stephen Fry’s disquisition on why he doesn’t believe in God. (Then right afterward, please, do look at my answer to Fry.)

What does it mean to carry our cross?

Among Jesus' many teachings we find this rather harsh-sounding invitation: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)

Live by dying

Each time my faith in Jesus moves me to deprive myself of some commodity or personal luxury by sharing my time, personal space or material goods with someone who urgently needs them, then I am dying and, at the same time, filling myself with life.

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