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An Easter People, Now More Than Ever

Our current crisis has revealed the significance of Lent and reminded us of how desperately we need Easter.

The Triduum and Easter Joy

Easter is the victory of life over death, our deliverance and liberation in the resurrection of God’s Son. But if our Easter joy this year is mixed with a taste of Good Friday’s myrrh and loss, and a hunger for the Eucharist we can’t satisfy, we should accept it as a gift. It’s a reminder of the precious things we too easily take for granted.

Embracing the Kind of Redeemer God Appointed

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer should be.

Why Jesus on the Cross Is No Mere Symbol

From the perspective of Christianity, one can question why God allows suffering, but one cannot say God doesn’t understand it. He is not remote, indifferent, untouched or unscarred.

The Easter Effect Today

Even amid anger and embarrassment, Christians can do the work of evangelization because the first Easter told us that, for the truly converted disciple who has met the risen Lord, despair never gets the final word: God will vindicate his plan for the salvation of the world.

Acts and Us

The book of Acts reminds us that salvation history and what we call “world history” don’t run on parallel tracks. Salvation history—the story of Israel and the story of the Church—is the inner dynamic or core of world history, whether world history recognizes that or not.

Why I Am Still Grateful

Gratitude is hardly restricted to people of faith, just as people of faith are not exempt from ingratitude. But for many of us of the Christian faith, there are certain events that are sources of continuing thankfulness.

The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World

The first Christians were baffled by what they called “the Resurrection.” Their struggle to understand it brought about astonishing success for their faith.

The Fifty-Day Party

“Easter” is one continuous fifty-day feast, one “great Sunday,” and it should be lived that way, with as much revelry as possible.

Easter and the ‘​​​​​​​Panula Option’

Easter reminds us that the Church begins with witness: lives changed by an encounter with the Risen Lord; men and women who then transform others by the power of their testimony and the authority of their example.