On Holy Thursday, the Roman Catholic church celebrates both a Chrism Mass in the morning and the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Every March 24th since 1980, the church also remembers the martyrdom of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador, assassinated while consecrating the offering during […]
The feast of the Lord’s Baptism has much to say to the culture of indifference that allows the destruction of people and planet. The Lord’s baptism invites us to develop an incarnational spirituality throughout our lives.
Editors’ note: This post was originally part of Theological Shark Week V: Holy Hell?! Daily Theology Explores the Afterlife in October 2013. As a child, I was fascinated by one part of the Apostles’ Creed: Jesus descended into hell. Part of the intrigue was that “h-e-double-hockey-sticks” was a […]
By Michelle Marvin I have no memory of the details of my baptism, because it took place at infancy. Yet through the preservation and continuation of Catholic tradition, I know what was said during those transformative moments. As the minister anointed my head with the chrism of salvation, […]
“Lent is about baptism.” This phrase was the thread running through the homilies of my parish priest several years ago, and today’s readings highlight it again for me. Water is a tricky element. From Genesis we hear the story of Noah and the flood: too much water wipes […]
On Monday, May 12th, Pope Francis framed his homily around the day’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the episode when Peter is forced to recognize the common humanity and valid desire for baptism among a group of pagans. It is easy to be tempted to limit […]