Monthly Archive: April, 2014

A Joyous Message Needs Joyous Messengers


Easter Sunday Χριστός Ανέστη! Είναι όντως ανέστη! (Christos anesti! Alithos anesti!) Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! This year, all of Christianity, both in the East and in the West, are celebrating… Continue reading

His Death is Life for Us


Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper When we prepare to welcome our young people to the Eucharistic table for the first time, we often start by remembering familiar experiences, like family meals at… Continue reading

Were You There?


14. The Burial of Jesus. I am Joseph of Arimathea, a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. I had great respect for Jesus of Nazareth, but was too afraid to come to… Continue reading

Were You There?


13. Jesus Dies on the Cross. I am John, one of his closest friends. I stood at the foot of his cross with his mother. I witnessed his struggle to breathe as he… Continue reading

Were You There?


8. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry his Cross. I am Simon. I was just minding my own business that day. That didn’t stop the soldiers from harassing me, making me carry… Continue reading

Were You There?


11. Jesus Promises Paradise to the Penitent Criminal. I was visiting Jerusalem for the Passover. I stood with the crowd the day Jesus of Nazareth was put to death. His enemies mocked him… Continue reading

Were You There?


4. Peter Denies Jesus. My name is Peter and I am waiting in the courtyard. I hear a cock crowing. Suddenly I remembered what Jesus had said … before the cock crows 3 times …… Continue reading

Were You There?


1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Olives. I am James. It was a long day for all of us, and we were so tired. Now the Master wanted us to stay… Continue reading

Were You There?


6. Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns. I am a Roman soldier assigned to the garrison in Jerusalem. I have so often witnessed the torture of criminals, I have learned not to… Continue reading

Were You There?


Many years ago, when I was pastor at Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rocky Mount VA, I invited parishioners to pen some meditations on the Way of the Cross. I asked them… Continue reading

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