The Regina Caeli is a 12th century antiphon in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary that is prayed during the Easter season in place of the Angelus. A legend records that during a pestilence in Rome, while the Regina Caeli was being prayed in procession with her image, angels were heard singing along and an end was put to the plague.… Read the rest
Peas, P’s, Peace
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Today’s Gospel passage not only inspires the “three peas,” but also illuminates three P’s: peace, person, and power.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.… Read the rest
Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
As we continue to listen to Jesus at the Last Supper, we are ushered into the precincts of the hidden and manifest, the seen and unseen, heaven and earth. … Read the rest
4th week of Easter, Saturday
“If you know me…”
In an intimate friendship, there is the deep sense of feeling truly known and understood. Jesus longed for his closest friends to know him truly.… Read the rest
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Facing his impending death, Jesus comforted his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”… Read the rest
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
If you knew in detail what would happen tomorrow, would you plan for a favorable outcome?
Jesus had all the advantages of divine omniscience, yet he freely and knowingly welcomed Judas into his intimate circle of friends.… Read the rest
Whoever Sees Me
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Since the time humankind began philosophizing, we have wondered about the nature of ultimate reality. What is it? Earth, air, fire, water? Atoms? Matter? Mind? Spirit?… Read the rest
God’s Beloved Sheep
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Jesus assures us in today’s Gospel reading that no one can take his sheep out of his hand. He knows each of his sheep by name and their unique identity.
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.”… Read the rest
Let Us Pray
We are not alone during this pandemic. Emmanuel means God is with us every step of the way. May these uncertain times be an opportunity to grow in prayer.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, Eternal Son of God, have mercy on us.… Read the rest
Bread from Heaven
The dark green around the Lake of Galilee you see in the upper part of this Google satellite picture of Palestine says there’s good farmland there now; it was good farmland at the time of Jesus.
Herod the Great and his son Herod Antipas, Galilee’s rulers then, appreciated the prospects then and they created a network of roads and large cities – Tiberius, Sepphoris and Caesarea Maritima on the sea– to export goods from Galilee to the rest of the world.… Read the rest