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Seven Last Words: a Good Friday reflection

Father forgive them, they know not what they do…

We see Jesus on the cross today and hear him forgiving his persecutors, forgiving us. It is a powerful scene, but it is more than just a scene out of our faith history. Jesus’ way is supposed to be our way. Forgive, forgive, forgive, even in the face of the most unreasonable suffering and injustice. Are we willing to forgive as Jesus did? Read more

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you…

Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Just back from Stations of the Cross at the beautiful Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. (Click on the photo at the bottom of this post to enlarge. The Stations are spectacular, if you ever have a chance to visit the cathedral.)

The Scripture verse below is the one that jumped out at me from all the others as we were praying this afternoon:

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Where are the shepherds who are willing to live with the ‘smell of the sheep’?

I’d like to backtrack for a minute and make sure you all had a chance to read what I think is a critical and spot-on portion of Pope Francis’ homily — directed toward priests — at the Chrism Mass yesterday. When I read this, I was moved by the beauty of both the content and the language, and by the truth that this pope speaks. Read more