Pope celebrates Holy Thursday evening Mass at center for disabled
Pope Francis is celebrated the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Mary of Providence Center, a rehabilitation center for the disabled operated by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. During the course of the Mass, Pope Francis will wash the feet of “12 disabled of diverse age, ethnicity, and religious confession, in representation of all the patients assisted in the 29 Centers operative in Italy.”
Rome is ready for canonizations, mayor affirms
The city of Rome is “very ready” for the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II later this month, Mayor Ignazio Marino has promised. The joint canonization ceremony on April 27 is expected to draw nearly 1 million people, including 19 heads of state and 24 heads of government. Marino said that city officials are prepared for that enormous crowd.
Take Up the Basin and Towel. Love is a Verb.
He, who is Lord and Master, King of Kings, took off His Cloak of Royal Splendor and became a Servant. He washed the feet of those whom He had chosen to continue His Redemptive work. He showed them what they were chosen to do and enlisted them to live lives of self emptying Love for the world. As we enter into the Triduum, the three days which is one great liturgical day, we can make this mystery our own. We are not spectators, we are to become participants. All who bear the name Christian are now called to pick up that basin and towel, to climb upon that Cross and live this way of Love in service.
Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says
Jesus' gesture was like a parting gift and "an inheritance" that he left out of love, the pope said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper held at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation's Our Lady of Providence Center April 17. "You, too, must love each other, be servants in love," he said in a brief homily, which he delivered off the cuff.
15 Movies You Should Watch When You Turn 50
To put it bluntly, there are some books we shouldn't try to read when we are young because, first, we won't really understand them, and, second, having read them we will very likely never read them again, and it's later on in life when we recognize why they are considered classics. The same is true with movies, perhaps not to the same extent, since films rely more on images and less on language. But using my argument about books, I want to recommend some 15 movies you should watch after you turn 50, and if you have already watched them perhaps you will give them another try. These films were decidedly not made for teenagers, or even young adults. They were made for grown-ups, for viewers who have lived long enough, and suffered enough, to have a realistic view of the human condition.
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Looking Back to Seminary Days and Election of a Pope
In 1958, I was a junior in high school. I attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, a day high school, where I began discernment to consider if I wanted to be a diocesan priest serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago. That year marked major changes in our local church of Chicago and the universal church.
The End of Lent Question
The idealistic beginnings of this holy season have started to fade and I am beginning to wonder when Easter is going to arrive so I can drown my sorrows about my less than stellar Lent in a lot of jelly beans and Cadbury eggs. Basically I need a pre-Holy Week reboot.
A Holy Week Defense of Martha
Yes, I understand the point of what Jesus was trying to convey to His friend, but the homemaker and hostess in me still gets agitated. Who is going to feed these people, Lord? Are your Disciples going to get up and demonstrate that heart of service you’re trying to teach them by doing women’s work and cooking for all us?
The Surprising Humor of St. John XXIII
By chance, I stumbled upon an old, cracked, yellowing paperback called “Wit and Wisdom of Good Pope John,” written by a man named Henri Fesquet, in 1964. Inside was a compilation of some of the wittiest stories about John XXIII, who died the year before the book was published. (Originally the book came out in French.) Reading the stories made me laugh out loud.