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Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens? One of our relatives has... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter, Prayer, Resurrection

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor of Easter morning to baptize... Read More

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist

Raise the Crucifix to Strike Holy Terror in the Antagonist But…Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! “Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore! The cross is empty!” So what’s the deal with crucifix-wielding Catholics? Don’t they know we worship a risen Savior? St. Paul says that “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (cf 1 Corinthians 15:14). Without the Resurrection, there is... Read More

Easter and the Resurrection

Easter and the Resurrection Easter is upon us! Rejoice in the triumph of Christ! On this edition of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa discuss Easter and the Resurrection: the glory of the Resurrection and the dramatic changes it brought about in the lives of Christ’s disciples. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The Apostles rejoiced when they were persecuted for the sake of Christ. Easter as a foreshadowing of... Read More

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Easter, Faith, Resurrection

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him. When Mary Magdalene calls out to the Risen Lord, He... Read More

Resurrection Moments

March 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Easter, Liturgy, Prayer, Resurrection

Resurrection Moments My grandmother, whom I affectionately called ‘Meme’ was filled with love. I grew especially close to her since, for the last twenty years of her life, she suffered from near-blindness. I helped her with her mail, her bookkeeping, and when I was old enough to drive, I took her shopping and to Mass. Our conversations were unforgettable, and she taught me so much in those formative years. When I was a newly... Read More

Easter: On the Resurrection of the Lord

March 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Resurrection, Solemnity, The Cross

On the Lord’s Resurrection An Easter Homily from Pope Saint Leo the Great (Sermon LXXII)   I. The Cross is not only the mystery of salvation, but an example to follow The whole of the Easter mystery, dearly-beloved, has been brought before us in the Gospel narrative, and the ears of the mind have been so reached through the ear of flesh that none of you can fail to have a picture of the events: for the text of the Divinely-inspired... Read More

Inside the Holy Sepulchre

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Editor’s Note:  Today, it gives us great pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. David Torkington.  David is an English theologian who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.  As well as being a prolific author, he also gives retreats and lectures extensively.  Today, we feature his first post on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home. Inside the Holy Sepulchre Like a bolt... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part IV of IV)

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Jesus Is Asking You… (Part IV of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey Editor’s Note: In Part III, we reflected on seeing and living life with resurrected eyes, the reality of Jesus for all humanity, and what makes us Christian. In today’s final installment, we will examine who some of the witnesses of the Resurrection are today, how it is... Read More

Jesus is Asking You… (Part III of IV)

Jesus Is Asking You… (Part III of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or He Didn’t Excerpts from the Weekend Retreat Talks of Father Stash Dailey Editor’s Note: In Part II, we examined Christ’s question today and the impact of the Resurrection. Today, we will reflect on seeing and living life with resurrected eyes, the reality of Jesus for all humanity, and what makes us Christian. Seeing and Living Life with Resurrected... Read More

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