October 17, 2019

Tag - Ascension

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...

This Is Our Mission

Just after Easter Sunday 1994, a group of spectators gathered on the roof of the Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of STS-59, the official mission given the astronauts who would ride space shuttle Endeavour into the...

Overcoming Evil

In the Gospel for this seventh Sunday of Easter, Jesus is quoted as saying, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15) In this week’s Gospel for the Ascension of the Lord, Jesus outlines...

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