The blessing of confession

Some urge that confession be restricted to Lent in future liturgies. Yet to omit confession would also omit the great blessing we receive through the weekly challenge to confess, forgive, and be forgiven.

The river at Eastertide

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

Infinite Beauty

Beauty cannot be suppressed, even by the Church, and Infinite Beauty, who is our living God, really will save the world.

Wrought in flesh, redeemed by flesh

The mystery and indeed the scandal of the Incarnation, the subject of Christmas and also Easter and Ascension Day, is that God took on flesh in space and time: middle-eastern, Jewish, male.

Paschal penitence

The New Testament suggests that there is nothing more paschal in character, than the transitional moment represented by our repentance and God’s forgiveness.

Something to eat

Why does the risen Jesus ask for food? Is he hungry? Does he need to eat?

This mortal weight: flesh, resurrection, and patience

We bear the weight that surrounds us in the daily trappings of life: waking, sleeping, eating, drinking, working, concerning oneself with the plight of one's neighbor. These things are a joy at times, but at others they sit heavily across the shoulders.