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The sacred events of Holy Week may lead us to ask — Why did Jesus, the Son of God and second person of the most holy Trinity, suffer a cruel, unjust death on a cross? Was Jesus’ suffering the only means by which humanity could be reconciled to friendship with God?
Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). With these words, this Sunday’s second reading invites us into the heart of why Jesus embraced his passion and crucifixion. Continue reading
“Can I keep you?” Casper whispers into Kat’s ear, and she ever so softly agrees. Somehow in that moment it didn’t matter that Kat was human and Casper was a ghost — an attraction crossed that very real divide. The most powerful messages of the movie “Casper” relate to love and belonging, giving and receiving … and even letting go.
These themes always captivate the human heart. People are searching for love and ways to give themselves away. At times they are even eager to say “yes” when they hear the proposal, “Can I keep you?” Continue reading
What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.
But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God. Continue reading
Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. Continue reading
Finishing off his first international trip as pope at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis looked to the young people present and in his native Spanish beckoned, “Hagan lio!” which has been translated as “make some noise” and “make a mess.”
Some prominent Catholics balked at his comments at the time, saying that the last thing young people need is a faith that is ambiguous or imprudent. That criticism certainly didn’t quiet the pope, as he has returned to this expression several times in the past five years — and it’s one that we, as millennials, intuitively understand. Continue reading
Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope.
What kind of leadership would a Latin American Jesuit pope exhibit? Would the fact that he is Jesuit and Latin American make any difference? Continue reading
“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.
If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself? Continue reading