We are approaching Easter - the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Why is this feast day so significant? Start your Easter gatherings with this moving video expressing the celebration of Easter and the significance of Christ's resurrection in our lives.
Because we live in a world of things both seen and unseen, we must hold to what we know -- including the power of prayer and fasting.
For the past week the marble statues inside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney have been covered in purple cloth. It is customary in the lead up to Holy Week which begins on Sunday, 1 April when faithful around the world gather in churches and Cathedrals to commemorate Palm Sunday and the Lord's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. Visit this article to find out about all the events at St Mary's Cathedral this Holy Week!
On Palm Sunday, as Holy Week begins, we are drawn to pay particular attention to the Gospel passages that tell the story of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection. Listen to this commentary by Fr. Robert Barron, to reflect on key points in the scripture - both in the Old and New Testaments - to help us understand the true depth of this climax in Jesus' life on Earth.
Why giving up an unexpected but targeted trapping of modern life -- like Facebook -- could be the best thing you do spiritually all year
Charity really isn’t all that hard. I mean, it is hard to get over ourselves, over our discomfort, over our feelings of inconvenience, over our feelings of not having enough time or money. But it is very clear when we need to charitable. We are faced daily with so many needs. What is easy about it is that it just requires a response. A simple response.
I have a confession to make. I am horrible at fasting. Epically horrible. My Lenten fast usually devolves into me eating precisely that from which I have vowed to abstain in a shameful and ridiculous display of my apparent lack of self-mastery. And then (good Catholic that I am) I feel guilty. Epically guilty.
Joseph reveals to us the task given to fathers to proclaim God's kingdom by word and deed. His unique role as "foster father to Jesus" draws attention to the truth about fatherhood, which is more than a mere fact of biological generation. A man is a father most when he invests himself in the spiritual and moral formation of his children. Joseph was keenly aware, as every father should be, that he served as the representative of God the Father.
The fourth Sunday of Lent is known as 'Laetare Sunday'. It is a day to break from the penitential mood of Lent, and instead has a theme of hope and rejoicing that Easter is near. Watch this video for a reflection on the Gospel for Laetare Sunday, 18 March 2012.
Each year a Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) takes place at the Colosseum on Good Friday and is presided over by the Pope. The text that is read is always written by a different author. In 2012, the honor will go to Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi, the Italian couple that launched the movement “New Family,” that's part of the Focolare movement.
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