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The Origin of the Wood of the Cross

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Lent, The Cross

Wood

When the world rang with the news that the Holy Cross had been discovered, and everyone was asking for details, according to the working of each individual mind, there arose these questions among others: Of what wood was it made? Where did it grow? In which locality budded forth that plant that, when matured, was to become the instrument of torture and the crude deathbed of the Son of God, the Son... Read More

Pope Saint Leo the Great on the Passion of the Lord

April 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, The Cross, Triduum

Pope Saint Leo the Great's Sermon LV on the Passion of the Lord* I. The difference between the penitence and blasphemy of the two robbers is a type of the human race. … In speaking but lately of the LORD’S Passion, we reached the point in the Gospel story, where Pilate is said to have yielded to the…wicked shouts that Jesus should be crucified. And so when all things had been accomplished,... Read More

Recall the Christ’s Passion on Good Friday

Description: Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world. Raising of the Cross by James Tissot Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in... Read More

Good Friday & The Passion of the Christ

Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in the Passion... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part II of II)

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part II of II Editor's Note:  In part I, we looked at the first strategy of the devil in the spiritual struggle: corrupting the heart.  Today, we will examine the second and third strategies: turning aside the will and getting us to give up.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one... Read More

The Mystery of the Cross — Good Friday

Good Friday   The Mystery of the Cross   Presence of God – O Jesus, permit me to penetrate with You into the depths of the mystery of the Cross. MEDITATION Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract... Read More

The Crucifixion of Our Lord

March 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Seasonal

Timeline of Jesus' Final Hours Preceding Events The Last Supper €¨(Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:21-30) In the Garden of Gethsemane €¨(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45) Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested €¨(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11) The Religious Leaders Condemn Jesus €¨(Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)  6:00... Read More

Darkness Covered the Earth

April 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Praying Through Art, Triduum

Darkness Covered the Earth Good Friday + Art for this post on Darkness covered the Earth (Good Friday) – The Crucifixion: Crucifixion detail of Issenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald (c.1470-1528), 1506 to 1515 or perhaps 1512 to 1516, PD-US author's term of life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.  This painting is found in the chapel of the hospital infirmary of St. Anthony's Monastery... Read More