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S+L BLOG: Sebastian Gomes



“Dear brothers and sisters! If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then he, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message but in Jesus himself, ...read more
“Do not be afraid!  I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said!” (Matt 28:5-6) Join Salt + Light TV or online as we bring you LIVE coverage of the Easter Sunday Mass and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing from St. Peter’s ...read more
In his homily during the Easter Vigil, Pope Benedict spoke of the fundamental goodness of creation; of matter; of Being itself. Just as in the beginning God said “Let there be light!” so again He says on Easter morning, “Let there be light!” – the resurrection of Christ – “God’s new day.” The Holy Father ...read more
“We celebrate this day as the origin and the goal of our existence. We celebrate it because now, thanks to the risen Lord, it is definitively established that reason is stronger than unreason, truth stronger than lies, love stronger than death.” – Pope Benedict XVI (Easter Vigil homily 4/23/2011) Join Salt + Light on TV ...read more
Reflection of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI after the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum Good Friday, 6 April 2012 Read the full text below. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once more in meditation, prayer and song, we have recalled Jesus’s journey along the way of the cross: a journey seemingly hopeless, yet one that ...read more
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Lk 9:23)  Watch the Way of the Cross LIVE here, and follow the stations below. WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM Led by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Introduction and Opening Prayer FIRST STATION: ...read more
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan Capuchin priest, delivered the homily during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His message incorporated some of the great intellectual and spiritual figures in the history of the Church, and urged the faithful to repentance with the sure knowledge that abounding mercy and forgiveness ...read more
The Colosseum – an enduring symbol of the Roman Empire, and a memorial to the Christian martyrs of old. During the frequent imperial persecutions of the first three centuries Christians were led onto these very grounds and burned or fed to wild beasts. One of the Church’s first bishops, St. Ignatius of Antioch, was martyred ...read more
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper recalls the institution of the Eucharist and the giving of a new commandment: “Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)  In his homily from the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Pope Benedict commented on the events which ...read more
In his homily during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica this morning – at which sacramental oils are blessed and priestly ordination promises are renewed – Pope Benedict XVI encouraged and challenged the Catholic priests of the world: “Does our consecration extend to the daily reality of our lives – do we operate as ...read more