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March 31, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In his 1975 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope St. Paul VI wrote “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” On this Easter Sunday, the first reading gives an account of St. Peter’s powerful witness. He testifies to the history: Jesus came into the world, proclaimed a message of healing and hope, was crucified in Jerusalem, and rose from the dead. Peter tells his listeners that he and the other apostles have been given the mission to testify to…read more

March 24, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The celebration of Palm Sunday introduces us to the holiest days of the Church’s calendar. Holy Week is an extraordinarily important time, as it is in these days that the Church marks the central mysteries of our faith. If the covering of images last weekend was to highlight the tension between belief and faithlessness, Palm Sunday brings that tension to its highest point. We begin Mass by welcoming our Lord with joyful acclamations of “Hosanna!” but will soon cry out with the same voices, “Crucify him!” Each day of Holy Week gives us an…read more

March 17, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today the Church celebrates the Third Scrutiny for those entering the Church at the Easter Vigil. Having reflected on the Gospel stories of the Samaritan woman at the well and the healing of the man born blind, we now reflect on Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. The Scrutinies have drawn our attention to the desire of God for a relationship with us, just as Jesus engages the Samaritan woman in conversation and leads her both to conversion and to become an evangelist. They also point us to the ways that God…read more

March 10, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, gives us great reason for hope as we enter more deeply into these penitential days. Hopefully our disciplines and prayer have begun to bear fruit in our lives. Perhaps they have been a bit of a struggle, but even in those challenges we can see the grace of God at work. Today, though our journey in the desert is not yet over, the Church sounds for us a note of hope as we look forward to the day on which Christ accomplishes our salvation. The name “Laetare…read more