Feast of the Ascension May 27 & 28, 2017

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Sacred Conversations Solemnity of the Ascension A bold thought occurred to me the other day. What if the Holy Spirit can do utterly wonderful, breathtaking things in our lives, without our even praying for them? Sometimes I wonder if the strong Catholic instinct to work for justice and peace keeps us in a state of […]

Sixth Sunday of Easter – 2017

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Sacred Conversations Dearest New Christian, I saw you last week at Mass. Who could miss you? You had that look of joy and deep peace that comes from Jesus. One month ago, at the Easter Vigil, you walked, tears streaming down your face, right into the baptismal font, making your baptismal promises, receiving water, oil, […]

Third Sunday of Easter – 2017

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My husband Cleopas and I decided to leave Jerusalem. We were heartbroken. We had hoped that Jesus, our beloved friend, would redeem Israel. But instead, the Romans crucified him. The Romans are beasts. Our group spent the next hours huddled together, terrified of the soldiers. This morning, three of the disciples went to the tomb […]

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection – 2017

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The Resurrection of the Lord My Lenten resolution this year was to use less water―to take shorter showers, and to be more mindful of the water I waste. A thousand miles away, and without our talking about it, my sister chose the same fast, but each day as she ended her too-short shower she added […]

Fifth Sunday in Lent – 2017

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One summer I found myself sitting with many pilgrims atop Masada, the isolated fortress Herod the Great built in the Judean desert. Our guide told us the grisly history of the 960 Jewish rebels who committed suicide there after holding off the Roman army for three years at the end of the First Roman-Jewish War […]

Fourth Sunday in Lent – 2017

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One of the things we know for sure about Jesus is that he tried to divest people of the things they knew for sure. It’s our sureties that need to be dismantled before we can clearly see God’s work in our lives. The disciples knew for sure that blindness (and all misfortune) was the result […]