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The first three gospels describe the Last Supper as a Passover meal. The gospel of John indicates that the Passover is not observed by temple officials until after the trial before Pilate. Which account is factually correct–or could they be reconciled? The Passover was instituted to deliver the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt: Exodus […] Read more...

TAGS: Lent, Scripture, Theology

I had originally planned to post on March 25 with some ideas for meatless meals, but then realized that the Solemnity of the Annunciation was a Lenten Friday on which carnivores could rejoice. Now that it’s Tuesday, with meatless Friday looming ahead at the end of the week, I offer you three recipes for easy […] Read more...

TAGS: Food, Lent, Recipe

Much to my delight, I discovered that the massive 1700-page volume of of the published sermons of Cardinal Newman that I recklessly purchased around the time of his beatification last year contains a whole section for Lent and the subsequent Easter, Ascension, and Whitsun (that’s “Pentecost” for non-English speakers) seasons.  While I consider it bad […] Read more...

TAGS: Books, Lent, Suffering

  We live both in a temporal and a spiritual world of forever wanting more.  Certainly, God has something to say about this.  Two weeks ago, the Gospel reading asked us, “18 If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much […] Read more...

TAGS: Lent, Saints, Suffering

An atheist blogger surprised me recently by quoting Hebrews: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” He was quoting it because for him it epitomized everything that’s wrong with Christianity: barbarism, illogic, insanity. On the one hand, I think he misunderstood the meaning of the phrase. He seemed to think that […] Read more...

TAGS: Lent, Sacrifice, Suffering

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