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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

On Good Friday we gather together as the Christian community to mourn the death of our most beloved member. We ‘behold the man’ and gaze upon Jesus, who took upon himself all of our sins and failings so that we could experience peace and reconciliation with the One who sent him. Each year on Good ...read more
On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper of Our Lord and celebrate the institution of the Eucharist. It is a very special evening to remember what Jesus did for us, and the great gift he left us. Memory is one of the most mysterious and greatest powers of the human spirit. Without memory we ...read more
Holy Week is so different from any other week in the Christian year. The Three Days of Triduum are between the Forty days of Lent and the Fifty days of Easter. The great Three Days conclude on Easter Sunday afternoon. The Passion, Suffering, Death and Resurrection of the Lord are the very themes that unite ...read more
The strong themes of death and resurrection permeate the Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A). John’s Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45) is situated shortly before Jesus is captured, tried and crucified. It is the event that most directly results in his condemnation by those seeking to kill ...read more
From the very beginning of John’s Gospel, the question of origins pervades the story. Where is Jesus from? Who sent him? What rabbinical school did this son of Nazareth attend? Where did he get all of this? Where did he learn to break God’s law? Such questions permeate the provocative Gospel story of the healing ...read more
Mount Gerizim towers over Jacob’s well, which is located in central Israel in the biblical town of Shechem, now called Nablus. It is Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) that makes this well famous in Christian tradition. Several things are wrong with this whole scene at Jacob’s well. First of all, the well ...read more
The awesome story of the Transfiguration of the Lord is the Gospel text for the second Sunday of Lent. We can only speculate on what lies behind this story – one of the Gospel’s most mysterious and awesome visions (Mark 9:2-8; Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). Peter, James and John had an overwhelming experience with the ...read more
Does anyone really look forward to Lent? What is it about Lent that excites us? What aspects of the Lenten journey test us? The Scriptural readings for this season are carefully chosen so as to replay salvation history before our very eyes. Let us begin with Jesus in the desert… the Gospel for the First ...read more
On Ash Wednesday, February 6, the Church begins her great Lenten journey with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. For centuries, Lent has been a very intense spiritual journey and experience for the followers of Jesus Christ. Why are there forty days in Lent? It took forty days for sinfulness to drown in the flood ...read more
St. Thomas Aquinas was one of the greatest and most influential theologians in the history of the Catholic Church. He is a supreme example of one whose life and teaching were one. He was canonized in 1323 and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V. His feast day is January 28. According to ...read more