Holy Week

My God, why have you forsaken me!!!

Like a sapling he grew in front of us, Like a root in arid ground… a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering …. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, […]

The Sorrowful Mothers of the World

The Sorrowful Mother (The Pieta) – Michelangelo – In the millennial year of 1500 when he was 24 years old HOLY WEEK 2018 While I was on my retreat the first week of Lent 2009,  one of my prayer assignments was to sit before a statue of the sorrowful mother.  I have always had a […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Jesus ~ He emptied himself becoming utterly poor for us!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ ~ March 25, 2018                                     Dear Friends, All is ready now for the final days of our Lenten journey with Jesus.   The drama of the Paschal Mystery will […]

What wondrous love is this?

Holy Thursday / Good Friday 2017 Dear Friends, I share with you one of my finest homilies given to the people of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, Miramar, Florida on Good Friday 1992. . . . (Though this is a long text, it deals with the issue of how to deal with personal pain as well as […]

The sorrowful mothers of the world

HOLY WEEK 2017 While I was on my retreat the first week of Lent 2009,  one of my prayer assignments was to sit before a statue of the sorrowful mother.  I have always had a devotion to Mary, the mother of the Lord,  and on that balmy afternoon against the background of the cypress swamp […]

Monday of Holy Week ~ Jesus and Mary’s extravagant love

Monday of Holy Week ~ April 10, 2017 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made […]

The King became utterly poor for you and me!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ April 9, 2017 Dear Friends, All is ready now for the final days of our Lenten journey with Jesus.   The drama of the Paschal Mystery will  be re-enacted  once again in  parishes throughout the world.  I have loved the liturgy of Holy Week since […]