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Saturday, April 8, 2017

  THE TWELFTH STATION: Jesus Dies on the Cross “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” —Matthew 27:46 By human standards, the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus is the ultimate failure. Members of the Jewish community had waited so long for the Messiah, had put their faith and hope in a man they … Continue reading

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Friday, April 7, 2017

  WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? This week, we encountered our brothers and sisters from Ethiopia. As we reflect on their story, we hold them in prayer: For Dita, the country of Ethiopia and all those affected by drought or lack of clean water, that life-giving rain may revitalize their fields and their spirits. We pray … Continue reading

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

  THE ELEVENTH STATION: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” —Luke 23:43 We’ve all been there—stuck in a seemingly impossible situation, weighed down, perhaps, by financial burdens, family obligations and the opinions of others. We’ve all been nailed … Continue reading

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  THE FIFTH SORROW OF MARY: The Crucifixion And carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull in Hebrew—Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and … Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  THE TENTH STATION: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments For creation awaits with eager expectation … in hope that [it] would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. —Romans 8:19–21 When we think of those goods the poor are stripped of daily, there … Continue reading

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Monday, April 3, 2017

  CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Care for God’s creation “There exists a certain reciprocity: As we care for creation, we realize that God, through creation, cares for us.” —Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace, January 1, 2010 As we walk through our days—past trees, along streams, in the heat of the sun or the … Continue reading

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

  BUILDING A CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force. Often it seems that God does not exist: all around us we … Continue reading

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

  LIVING THE GOSPEL “And Jesus wept.” —John 11:35 Pay attention to these three words in this week’s Gospel—three words easily missed, easily forgotten. We might not even hear them, or let them sink in. After all, shortly thereafter, Jesus raises a man from the dead—a feat far more interesting than a few shed tears! … Continue reading

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Friday, March 31, 2017

  WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? This week, we encountered our brothers and sisters from Mexico. As we reflect on their story, we hold them in prayer: For Maria and her community in Ejido Hidalgo, Mexico, that they may continue to find strength and joy in the time they spend planting and harvesting together. We pray … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

  THE NINTH STATION: Jesus Falls for a Third Time But his father ordered his servants, “Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.” —Luke 15:22 Sometimes it may feel as though we’ve fallen one too many times. We can’t possibly get … Continue reading

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