All I Ask

All I Ask At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us what could be called his final, “death bed” request. It sums up the entire sense of his incarnation, teaching, passion, death and resurrection in these few words: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should...

Because We Were Lost

Because We Were Lost The relationship we have with Jesus is wonderfully described in calling him the “Good Shepherd.” Jesus guards, guides, protects and watches over us, just as a human shepherd cares for his flock. The image of Christ bearing a lamb on his shoulders...

Thin Places

The early Celts used to say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, and that in the “thin places” the distance is even smaller. Today, we sometimes stand mute, gazing upon the Milky Way glowing in the night sky or waves dashing themselves upon rocky coasts or...

Those Who Have Not Seen

In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul recounts the number of persons who saw the risen Christ. In addition to the Apostles and the women, “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time.” [1 Cor 15: 3-8] Even with this witness, Jesus...

The Mercy of the Eucharist

The Mercy of the Eucharist In many churches of the Eastern rites, it’s traditional for the congregation to gather outside the sealed church on Easter morning, symbolizing Christ’s time in the tomb. The priest, with his hand cross, knocks three times on the main door...