It has been a little busy around these parts for the last few weeks with the preparations for and participation in Holy Week and Easter. We hope that you are enjoying this Easter Octave where the joy of Easter Sunday is extended out for us to celebrate again and again for eight days!
For those looking for some web browsing to have with a nice cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit that you were postponing during your Lenten fast here are some selections for your perusal:
Easter changes everything!
Jesus appears to Mary, his Mother - A reflection from dotMagis
The Living Presence of the Heart of God - Washing the Feet of the Poor
Catholics and Protestants carry the Cross together in sign of unity - in Dublin!
Digitalnun reflects on Time and Eternity: the Easter octave and the eight day
Carl McColam reflects on Contemplation and the Bible and how the word "contemplation" does not appear in the Christian Bible. But the elements of contemplation are found throughout scripture.
Many aspects of the contemplative life seem counter-intuitive. But there is a method to this mystical madness - Joyful Penitence and a Continuous Lent.
Ron Rolheiser - Searching for God among many voices.
Prayer: A Pilgrimage through Difficult Wilderness
It was just a chance encounter, an unlikely meeting on a city street between strangers that happened a long time ago. But today the two people who met that way will tell you that it was simply meant to be. And who’s to say they’re wrong? Anyway, here’s how it happened - A Chance Encounter
John Waters reflects on Freedom that breeds conformism.
Pope Benedict XVI gentle criticism of clericalism.
Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together just might stem from these monastic women…” - a reflection on a visit to a Benedictine monastery in the USA.
Ordinariness and the Road to Emmaus
Elizabeth Scalia reflects on Pilate's words - Holy Week, Ecce Homo, Ecce Us
An alternative analysis to Pope Benedict XVI's comments in his Holy Thursday homily about the Austrian dissenting priests.
We often hear about new entrants to the church who are received at Easter but what about those who we should welcome home - 'Reverts' find their way back to childhood faith"
Everett Hemann is a Catholic priest. He has prayed over death beds, consoled grieving families, given hundreds of funeral eulogies. He has preached about everlasting life.
After the doctor told him tumors filled his abdomen, Hemann took the pathology report to his car and read it. He knew advanced pancreatic cancer was a likely death sentence. He wept. He didn’t ask God to cure his illness or ask, “Why me?” He didn’t rage or consider curling up and withdrawing into himself. He decided to continue his lifelong mission - read about his last journey - A dying priests message: Find the joy!
Frederic and Anne-Laure Pascal are devout Roman Catholics who built their lives around their religion. When she lost her job last year, the young couple decided on an unlikely expression of their religious commitment: a worldwide "interfaith pilgrimage" to places where peace has won out over dueling dogmas. Since October, the French couple has visited 11 nations from Iraq to Malaysia in an odyssey to find people of all creeds who have dedicated their lives to overcoming religious intolerance in some of the world's most divided and war-torn corners. The husband-and-wife team blogs about their adventures — and their own soul-searching — and takes short video.
Down Under there was some excitement during the week with a debate between Cardinal George Pell and Richard Dawkins, see a video of the debate here.
An escalating wave of sacrilegious thefts of wafers strikes across Italy. The Archbishop of Monreale encourages parishes to lock up the Eucharist, with a green light from the Holy See. - Lock up the hosts.
“Be joyful witnesses of Christ!” Pope Benedict XVI exhorted young people who gathered in Rome on April 1—Palm Sunday—for this year’s observance of World Youth Day.