May you have the strength to push away the sod
And to climb up out of the chilly tomb.
May you respond to the trumpet call of God
And explode in life from death's chilling womb.
May each day have its own wonder and rebirth
Springing in surprise from reluctant earth.
And may the God of daily Resurrections
~ Andrew M. Greeley
Catholic Women Preach: Don't miss the wisdom, encouragement and challenge presented by Catholic women preachers during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our line up began with Sr. Simone Campbell on Ash Wednesday and will rise on Easter morning with Sr. Margaret Farley.
Watch the videos:
Ash Wednesday: Simone Campbell SSS
First Sunday in Lent: Diannne Bergant, CSA
Second Sunday in Lent: Laurie Jurecki
Third Sunday in Lent: Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP
Fourth Sunday in Lent: Maryanne Loughry
Fifth Sunday in Lent: Shannon Sterringer
Palm Sunday: M. Shawn Copeland
Holy Thursday: Natalie Terry
Easter Sunday: Margaret A. Farley
From the Washington Post: On Easter, Mary Magdalene will be maligned as a prostitute. Except she wasn’t by Petula Dvorak
This can not be repeated often enough:
Here’s who Mary Magdalene was: one of Jesus Christ’s original followers, the last to stay with him while he was nailed to the cross and, Christians believe, the first to see his empty tomb and his resurrection.
The resurrection tells us it is never too late. Every so often we will be surprised. We must believe that the stone will be rolled back, and we must be ready to poke out our timid heads, take off the linen bindings of death, and walk free for a time, breathing resurrection air.
~Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.
Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
Holy Week at CSB, April 8-16
Palm Sunday (Saturday, April 8), 5:00 pm
Holy Thursday (April 13),
5:00 pm mass & foot washing
6:30 pm BUCC soup supper and Tenebrae
Good Friday (April 14), 7 pm
The Great Vigil (April 15), 8:30 pm
BUCC service Easter morning, 10 am
Isaiah’s Suffering Servant is said to prefigure Jesus, and so it does. “You were pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins.” Words such as these gave rise to Substitutionary Atonement Theology, the notion that the sins of Adam and Eve and every sin thereafter have so infuriated God that God demanded a perfect sacrifice to atone for them, the suffering and death of God’s Only Begotten. As you may know, this thinking did not come about until about a thousand years ago with Anselm of Canterbury. Not everyone agreed with him. It does not fit with our all-loving, all-merciful God. But it became “the most unfortunately successful piece of theology ever written.” [Richard Rohr, Eager to Love, 183] It has proved to be a very effective tool of fear and guilt to keep the faithful in line.
Mary of Magdala has come to be called "The Apostle to the Apostles" because it was to her that the angel at the tomb says that Jesus is risen. It is over 2000 years later. Men are still not listening to the spiritual insights of women. But women are still strong enough to stand by, to keep saying what they see, to keep telling men the will of God for both women and men even though "they will not believe them."
~ Joan Chittister, OSB
There are only five days left to apply for the Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship For Women Discerning Priestly Ordination.
Applications will close on Saturday, April 15, 2017. This scholarship is primarily directed to women who wish to be ordained Catholic priests. Secondarily, it is open to women who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations.
The scholarship will support undergraduate and graduate women beginning in the 2017-18 academic year at a Catholic-sponsored institution.
For more information or to apply click here!
Veronica is said to have stepped out of the crowd . . . to wipe the sweat and grime from [Jesus'] eyes. . . . She haunts us with her courage. She pursues us with it. She insists on it. Nowhere are we to allow the Jesus figures of our day, the poor and the oppressed, to suffer where we are. It is a mandate more demanding than sinlessness. ~ Joan Chittister, OSB
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