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Faith and Family for April 14: Palm Sunday

Read LK 22:14—23:56 When the hour came, Jesus took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them,  "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it again  until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
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Lent with Richard Rohr: A Prior State of Hostility Will Distort Everything

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Readings: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92; John 8:31-42
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Spiritual Vaccination

  Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; John 8:21-30  
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Love and Action: Caring for Creation

This is part one in a three-part series about caring for creation, in conjunction with our friends at the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office in Rome.
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A Walk through Holy Week

The high holy days of the Christian faith are almost here. This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, we read the passion narrative from the Gospel of Matthew. During Holy Week, the liturgy focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Here is an overview and an invitation to join in the three days of the Passover feast.
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The Road to Easter

It is dusk—8:00 on the night before Easter. At the front doors of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Clovis, California, parishioners have gathered around a large copper tray in which a fire is crackling. As the flames produce sparks and popping sounds, Father Robert Borges, our parish administrator, blesses the fire and lights the three-foot-tall paschal candle. Our newly ordained permanent deacon, Gary Stevens, holds the candle high and begins the ancient acclamation, “Christ, our Light. Thanks be to God.” 
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Lust and Love

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Readings: Daniel 13:1–9, 15–17, 19-30, 33–62; John 8:1–11
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Lent with Richard Rohr: What Is Life and What Is Death?

Fifth Sunday of Lent | Readings: John 11:1-45
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Lent with Richard Rohr: All Controversies Can Be Resolved by an Appeal to Authority

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Readings: Jeremiah 11:18-20, John 7:40-53
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Fullness and Emptiness, Union and Zen

One of the core concepts that draws me to Christianity and inspires my spiritual walk today is its integration of both fullness and emptiness, a theme that is on full display during the Lenten season. We find fullness in the metaphor of baptism and emptiness in the proverbial wilderness.
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