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Passion Sunday – Palm Sunday

Passion Sunday -- The Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday, is observed by virtually all Christians. But for Roman Catholics it is also Passion Sunday during which all stand for the entire passion account. It's a bittersweet day, beginning with hosanna's, ending in suffering....

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Mount of Olives, Bethany & Lazarus – Podcast

6 min podcast by Dr. Italy discussing Bethany as a rest stop between Jericho and Jerusalem.  Describes the journey Jesus would have taken, his familiarity with a particular family of Bethany, and the help this provides in understanding the story of the raising of Lazarus.Jesus,...

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Raising of Lazarus – Death & Resurrection

The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference between resurrection and resuscitation, and the deeper meaning of Jesus' miracles...

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Annunciation & Mary’s Fiat – Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard here dramatically celebrates Mary's Fiat, or statement of consent in response to the announcement by the archangel Gabriel, behold the handmaiden of the Lord; "let it me done to me according to your word."  Appropriate for Advent or for the Solemnity of the Annunciation...

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Coronavirus – COVID-19 and Pilgrimage Travel

A collection of useful information on Coronavirus COVID-19.  How can we protect ourselves, those we love, and the most vulnerable?  What is the status of the upcoming pilgrimages sponsored by the Crossroads Initiative?  From Dr. Italy, a veteran international traveler and pilgrimage tour leader.  We...

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Palm Sunday – Victory of Humility

Palm Sunday in most Christian Churches involves the distribution of palms and a commemoration of Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem amidst shouts of Hosanna. But what is the meaning of his decision to ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey? It has...

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Palm Sunday – Obsessed With the Passion of Christ?

This post on the sufferings and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is focuses on Palm Sunday but makes for a great read anytime during the Lenten Season or Holy Week. Frequent meditation on the Passion of Christ is important because the Passion is...

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Feast of the Annunciation, God Becomes Man – Leo

The Solemnity or Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated on March 25. Here, in his typically lyrical language and powerful imagery, Leo the Great ponders the unfathomable mystery of God becoming man in the womb of a Virgin who had the...

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Focus on the Lord, not on the Waves – Video

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we have a decision to make:  we can either focus on the problem, or look to the Lord.  Keeping our eyes on the problem, through being fixated on media reports and social media panic, will scare us to...

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Building Spiritual Muscle Fighting Coronavirus – Video

5 min video on Building spiritual muscle fighting coronavirus.  Growing prudence in justice by battling the storm together. Muscles are only developed through resistance.   The fight against Coronavirus can be an occasion for developing spiritual muscle!  Holiness is measured by the strength of the three spiritual...