German pastor and social activist Christoph F. Blumhardt once said that it is not enough to celebrate Easter by saying, "Christ is risen." It is useless to proclaim this unless we can also say that we have died with him and that we have also risen with him ("Christ Rising," from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, The Plough Publishing House, 2003). Jesus has come from God to live in our midst as one of us. He has endured and conquered the finality of death. He has laid the foundation for a new life and a new world order.
April 11-24, 2014
Students of Scripture must be well versed in the principle of Uhrzeit als End-zeit. Many of our sacred authors employed it. The German phrase can be translated as "The beginning is actually the end." The technique is used when one is trying to direct his or her readers' eyes to a future goal that the author is deeply committed to instilling in their minds and hearts. But instead of just stating, "This is what I expect you one day to become," the writer paints a picture of an ideal past in which those longed-for qualities were already present and practiced.
Easter reflection: We are the Easter people who believe that the cross transformed all suffering and pain, and the Resurrection secured eternal life.
Book review: In vignettes from young Catholics in their 20s and 30s, Hungering and Thirsting for Justice shows members of the faithful living out the Gospel with their actions.
Column: Owing to faction politics, we have in Congress a Progressive Caucus, Black Caucus, Human Rights Caucus and, hatched recently, the Chicken Caucus.
Scholars have probed Shakespeare's plays for centuries, hoping to seize a look into the Bard's soul, to determine if he was a man of faith.
In the past, Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve on abuse commissions were ignored. Will the new commission be more of the same?
We say: It's tempting to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, it's the clerical system that's broken.
Book Review: If Teddy Roosevelt were still around, he would be growling that it's time to pull up our socks and use our talents to create an American renaissance.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will sell several important paintings, including six works by 19th-century painter Thomas Eakins.