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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Joseph of Arimathea had been a secret disciple of Jesus, too fearful to openly declare allegiance to the rabbi from Galilee and follow him. Nonetheless, he found the courage to disagree with the Sanhedrin’s plan to have Jesus put to death (Luke 23:51). More »

Lenten Meditations on Christ’s Love for Us

The fire of Christ’s love on the cross has not burnt out; it is not something of the past, of two thousand years ago, of which only the memory lives on. It exists now; it is alive. More »

The Spirit of Lent

The somber chant of the Miserere (Psalm 51) on Ash Wednesday instills within us the spirit of this season of repentance: More »

A Pause That Refreshes

Did you know that the Hebrew word “selah” occurs seventy times in thirty-nine of the psalms? While we don’t know for certain what it means, many biblical scholars believe that selah was a musical term used to indicate a pause in a song, whether for emphasis or for reflection. More »

Compassion: The Touch of Mercy

“God’s mercy overcomes every barrier and Jesus’ hand touches the leper. He does not stand at a safe distance and does not act by delegating, but places himself in direct contact with our contagion.” —Pope Francis More »

God-Bearer:  Mary, Mother of God

The title “Mother of God” is the Western church’s equivalent of the ancient Eastern title Theotokos, which means “God-bearer.” In 431, the Council of Ephesus sanctioned the title Theotokos for Mary as a way of declaring and protecting the divinity of Christ. The title declares the most important truth about Mary: She is the Mother of God. More »

Come to the Father

In 1902, a sociologist named Charles Cooley developed a theory called the “Looking Glass Self.” According to Cooley, the way we think about ourselves is formed in large part by what we think the most important people in our lives think about us. More »