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    Coronavirus – COVID-19 and Pilgrimage Travel

    A collection of useful information on Coronavirus COVID-19 especially as it relates to pilgrimage travel with the Crossroads Initiative.  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 encourage......

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    Urbi et Orbi full text – Pope Francis’s Message amidst COVID-19 Crisis

    In his Urbi et orbi blessing amidst the Coronavirus Crisis, Pope Francis shared a meditation on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark.   The prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica took place on Friday evening,......

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    Palm Sunday, COVID-19, and the 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 everything to do with true victory being a victory of humility....

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    The Calming of the Storm and the Socratic Method

    One of the most famous bible stories of all time is Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Mark, the evangelist, uses the story to ask the reader a question that elicits a clear answer on the identity of Christ.  This approach is......

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    Holy Week and Triduum Devotions

    Holy Week & Triduum Devotions: Sundown on Holy Thursday during Holy Week marks the beginning of three sacred days (Triduum) that changed the destiny of the human race. Here are some suggestions for prayer and reflection to help you make the most of Holy Week, especially Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday....

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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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    Palm Sunday: He Comes in Humility – Andrew of Crete

    Palm Sunday marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. But he entered in humily, not in pomp and power. To humble ourselves and make our souls the garments that we spread before him, this is the greeting he desires says St. Andrew of Crete, one of the Early Church Fathers....

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    Holy Week Readings and Thanksgiving Prayers

    Excerpts from two ancient Holy Week homilies followed by a special Holy Week thanksgiving prayer appropriate for either personal or corporate use. Super devotions for the sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday....

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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 or "signs" as they are called in the fourth gospel....

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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 on March 25....

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