Resurrection of the Lord, April 16 (Year A) Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18

The first Christian creeds were simple, direct and unadorned. The apostles proclaimed who Jesus was, what He did, what happened to Him, and His role in the universal judgment of humankind.

Look deep to discover the good in Good Friday

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Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances.

Living water of Jesus will satisfy our thirst

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Growing up by the shores of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, I never thought of water as a resource needing to be conserved, or an essential commodity over which people would fight wars.

Death can be our final gift to others

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Fr. Ron Rolheiser will be a leader at the 2017 National Catholic Mission, addressing the theme “Our final gift,” based on Fr. Henri Nouwen’s thesis that death can be our final gift to others. Fr. Rolheiser addressed that concept in a 2001 column reprinted here with his blessing.

Suffering Servant is a model for service

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Passion (Palm) Sunday, April 9 (Year A) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66

Speaking and acting on behalf of God is not for the fainthearted.

Searching for light within our shadow

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What is meant when certain schools of psychology warn us about our “shadow”? What’s our shadow?

God’s love has the power to give new life

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2 (Year A) Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

How can someone be dead and living at the same time?

Recognizing our blindness gives us sight

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Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26 (Year A) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Samuel must have been perplexed and exasperated.

Nothing is ever really ours to keep

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Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment.

Living water can satisfy our deepest thirst

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Third Sunday of Lent, March 19 (Year A) Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42

Doubt and fear are very powerful negative forces. All hope, joy, peace and faith flee before them.

God’s sacred energy powers our lives

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All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God.