Tag: Easter

  • Brief Book Review: From Easter to Holy Week

    Brief Book Review: From Easter to Holy Week

    “The story Moore tells is one of definite, even triumphant, progress in the direction of recovery of the full liturgical richness of Holy Week.”

  • Veni, Respiratio Spiritus!

    Veni, Respiratio Spiritus!

    “And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ ” (John 20:22). I recall hearing this verse on Easter II 2020, and how it tickled my ears in a new way; even moreso in 2021, with a year-plus under my belt of living and attempting to minister in the world of…

  • Does Easter Ask Too Much…?

    Does Easter Ask Too Much…?

    “Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim…” So concludes every Easter Preface in the third edition of the Roman Missal, an ebullient departure from the more succinct conclusion of…

  • Where Two or Three Are Gathered . . . Then What?

    Where Two or Three Are Gathered . . . Then What?

    Perhaps our real problem with grasping the topsy-turviness of the resurrection accounts is that we look at them as the final chapters of the gospels, and therefore we think that they are endings.

  • The Game of Lent

    The Game of Lent

    As the Scottish poet Robert Burns observed, to see ourselves as others see us is God’s greatest gift, and the Simpson household has certainly helped me do that.

  • A Wounded Good Shepherd

    A Wounded Good Shepherd

    After Easter II is over, the glorious wounds of Christ sort of vanish from our Easter celebrations. It’s almost as though we believe that the Resurrection erased the Crucifixion.

  • Blessed, Believing Thomas

    Blessed, Believing Thomas

    Blessed are you, Believing Thomas, in whom we often see our twin: absent, defiant, demanding, accepting, faith-filled.

  • After Easter………What’s Next?

    After Easter………What’s Next?

    Is Easter a terminus ad quem or terminus a quo for we who believe? If the latter, Easter reveals the lens through which we view all of reality, our destiny as human beings, and why God so passionately desires a relationship with us at all.

  • Do You Sing Even when You Don’t Want to?

    Do You Sing Even when You Don’t Want to?

    What songs has your parish sung during this Eastertide? Better yet, did any songs bring much rejoicing to your heart? Did any songs bring much weeping and gnashing of teeth?