Behold Your Mother Reply

Christ’s Third Word from the Cross

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)

Our Lord addresses his first word from the cross to the Father, his second word to the repentant sinner (who represents us all), his third to “Woman.” More…

This Day You Will Be with Me in Paradise Reply

Christ’s Second Word from the Cross:

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him: More…

7 Last Words of Christ from the Cross 4

"Father! Forgive them, for the know not what they do."

“Father! Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Every word Christ spoke was for our salvation. His last words spoken from the cross before he died — each one of them – required great physical and emotional effort to pronounce. To breath a single breath caused his crucified body excruciating pain. And he speaks to us, 7 times, before he dies. How great his love for us! More…

How My Dad Taught Me a Lenten Resolution I Would Never Forget 10

Fr Jason Smith LC

Fr Jason Smith LC

One Ash Wednesday, my dad announced to my brother and I that for Lent he would be fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays. He wondered if we would like to join him.

Aaron and I looked at each other thinking he had flipped his lid. Aaron said he’d stick to giving up arguing; I said I’d continue to refrain from hitting Aaron until Easter. With all of our resolutions on the table we were ready to begin our Lenten regimen. More…

Everyone Else Has a Splinter in Their Eye 6

The brilliance of this painting is that most viewers can't see what it's about, but since I already gave you a hint...

The brilliance of this painting is most viewers can’t see what it’s about, but since I already gave you a hint…

We could have dubbed this week leading up to Holy Week “Hypocrisy Week,” given the general theme of the readings at daily Mass. Jesus goes tête-à-tête with the Pharisees, pointing out their duplicity and false piety to them. There is a subtle danger in cheering him on, More…

Jesus Wept 2

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

We may wonder sometimes if Jesus knows our grief. We forget that he is just as human as we are. When Martha goes out to meet Jesus, she is meeting with a dear friend. Unsettled, with mixed thoughts and feelings, she tells the Lord, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” It can sound almost as though she is reprimanding him. But her frankness over her frustration really shows how close she is to him, and him to her.  More…

The Gospel of “Whatever!” Who Are You in Today’s Gospel? Reply

Part 1: Let us go and die with him…

"Let us go back to Judea…"

“Let us go back to Judea…”

Today’s Gospel (John 11:1-45) is the longest of the year, after the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. There is so much to consider in this Gospel passage that it would be too much to try and cover it in one post, which is why I decided to divide this reflection in two parts. Today and tomorrow, I invite you to slip your feet in a pair of dusty sandals and place yourself on scene with the other characters in the Gospel. Identify with them, be one of them, and ask yourself, “Who am I in today’s Gospel?” More…

Christ’s Unlikely Messengers 10

Corpus AngleThe Gospels readings for the 3 Sundays leading up to Palm Sunday have something peculiar in common — unlikely emissaries of the Gospel. The Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and this week’s spotlight guest in particular, a dead man, are not the first people we would choose to preach the Good News.

Yet these are the people God chose. Clearly, God can choose anybody he wants to be his messenger.  More…

Married Couples Are an Icon of God’s Love 2

Christian spouses receive a special consecration and a special mission.

Christian spouses receive a special consecration and a special mission.

From the Pope’s General Audience on April 2:

“Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity.” — Pope Francis

Yesterday, the Pope concluded his Catechesis on the Sacraments with a reflection on marriage as a unique vocation and noble sign of God’s love in the world. Here is the full text available on vatican.vaMore…

Praying When We’re Busy (And We’re All Busy) 10

Fr Jason Smith

Fr Jason Smith

I went to Manhattan yesterday to get a wisdom tooth pulled. Thankfully the dentist was so adroit I was left with an hour or two of leisure to snap pictures of the city and Grand Central as I waited for the train.

As I snapped shots here and there I couldn’t help but observe the energy of the city. I kept thinking to myself, “No wonder it is so hard to stop and pray.” On the train ride home I put down the camera and picked up the pen to jot down a few notes–both to remind myself and to help others–on how to pray amid our busy life. More…