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Jesus Falls the First Time

March 12, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Third Station of the Cross The weight of the wood, especially after the physical punishment at the hands of the Romans, was so great that Jesus fell to the ground. It was not the fall that was most significant, but instead, the fact that he got back up. It must have seemed like the weight of the world on his shoulders, but Jesus stood up again to continue...

Jesus Carries His Cross

March 8, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Second Station of the Cross Jesus placed heavy wood upon his shoulders and began a journey through the streets toward the place they named Golgotha. He certainly knew what awaited him there. Who would have blamed him if he offered some resistance? He could have shown the authorities that they had no real power over him. But instead, Jesus accepted his cross in spite of the fact that...

Lenten Reflections

JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH March 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The First Station of the Cross What more can one give than his or her life? Few ever have such a price asked of them. Jesus gave everything he had for sinners like you and me, but we have always been more than sinners to him. We have been brother, sister, son, daughter, and friend. Who is your sibling, son or daughter, or friend?...

Resisting Temptation

March 6, 2019  •   Rev. Mark Suslenko For Sunday, March 10th, 2019  1st Sunday of Lent  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 Our Church and our world are going through painful times. For our Church, the ongoing revelations of the sex abuse crisis are disturbing, discouraging, and sad. Feelings of betrayal and anger are commonly expressed, and many are disillusioned, lacking joy and without a concrete sense of hope. For our world, there are still great...

This Lent, Give up and Give In

March 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver It will take too long. I can’t spare it. I don’t know anybody. I am just too busy. How many excuses can you think of to put forth as reasons why you should say no to the call of Jesus Christ? Wait. You didn’t know to whom those responses were directed? We say no to many things and many people, but we wouldn’t say no to Jesus. Really? During...

Was Shakespeare Part of a Covert Catholic Resistance Movement?

New book suggests that in Elizabethan England, the Bard’s works communicated secret codes. K.V. Turley The debate over whether William Shakespeare was a Catholic, the nature of his religious beliefs and their relationship to his work has reignited with the publication of a new book, Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny (PublicAffairs) by Clare Asquith. Building upon her 2005 work Shadowplay: The Hidden...

A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Is Pope Francis likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer? What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look … 1) Is Pope Francis...

Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) Like Christopher Robin, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Mary Poppins Returns is yet another revisionist sequel about childhood whimsy lost and regained. Steven D. Greydanus In the last 10 minutes or so of Mary Poppins Returns, something truly magical happens. First, Dick Van Dyke shows up, virtually reprising his brief secondary role from Mary Poppins as the...

National appeal supports elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests

  Tue, Dec 4th 2018 10:00 am Retirement Fund for Religious Coordinator The Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps enable religious congregations to provide health care and residential planing for thousands of retired religious. (WNYC File Photo) The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order...

Hawk-tion fundraiser at Cardinal O’Hara celebrates 25 years

  Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm Cardinal O’Hara High Schol Board Chairman Michael Rizzo congratulates Kathy Miskey on being one of the 25 people honored for helping make Hawk-tion a success over the past 25 years. TONAWANDA — A silver anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. At Cardinal O’Hara High School, this year’s Hawk-tion, held on Nov. 9, celebrated its 25th year of the school’s most successful fundraiser. Mike Rizzo, a 1980 graduate and...