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Ascension: The Fullness of Jesus’ Glorification

The feast of the Ascension must be the most misunderstood feast of them all. I will try to focus on the two aspects of this feast that should be most beneficial to us. Ascension is the term used by the Church to indicate the completion, the fullness...

Ascension: The Beginning of Our New Life

Usually we do not pay any attention to the opening prayer. We just say our “AMEN,” we place our spiritual signature on the dotted line without really thinking that we are talking directly to God. Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us...

Our Vital Decision

More than any other feast, the solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord exposes the inadequacy of human terminology used in describing the sublime realities that our Faith holds and that sustain our Hope about what awaits us beyond the grave. Here are...

The Good News or a Working Assumption?

A middle-aged Protestant named Keith was visiting his dying father in a Catholic hospital, sitting quietly in a corner of the room, overcome with helplessness and grief. A Catholic nun came into the room, nodded at him, then went to the dying man’s...

We Prefer Our Illusions

Outside Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, is the Mosque of the Ascension—a 900-year-old Crusader church built on the site at which Jesus is said to have ascended into Heaven. (The church was later turned into a mosque by the Moslems, who honored...

Ascension: Our Graduation Day

There is a famous phrase written by St. Leo the Great about the Ascension of our Lord: “When Jesus Christ took flesh like ours to come among us, he never left the Father’s side. And when he ascended back to be at the right hand of the Father, he...

Living Our Catholic Faith

A Maryknoll Mission priest wrote, “Over my last eight years in Egypt, I have been visiting foreign prisoners serving 20- to 25-year sentences in Egyptians prisons for [selling or possessing] drugs. On my first visit to Qanatar Prison, some of the...

Ascension: A Foretaste of Heaven

The solemnity of our Lord’s Ascension into heaven is a unique celebration and, as such, it can be best understood only within the context of our being the Body of Christ, of our being Church. Its uniqueness, I think, lies in the purpose for which we...

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