A survey of attitudes among priests and lay parish leaders about the revised Roman Missal found just under half dislike the changes to the Mass introduced in the U.S. in 2011, and 75 percent think the language is “awkward and distracting.”
Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.
People can choose either to tackle life’s challenges with the loving and wise heart of God or be driven by their own passions and interests, Pope Francis said.
Emphasis placed on reconciliation.
Easter night. In John’s Gospel, the apostles huddle behind locked doors. The risen Jesus appears and says, “Peace be with you.” He shows them the wounds in his hands and side. Joyfully, the apostles recognize Jesus.
Time was when hidden messages and obscure references within a big-budget Hollywood film about a religious figure could be treated as lighthearted insider jokes.
“St. Peter’s B-List,” edited by Mary Ann B. Miller, contains more than a hundred poems, referencing various saints in the context of contemporary spiritual struggle.
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