BLOG: Lent and Easter
After talking about evangelization and talking about apostolic zeal, after considering the witness of Saint Paul, the true “champion” of apostolic zeal, today we will turn our attention not to a single figure, but to the host of martyrs, more
What do we celebrate at Easter? The whole mystery of Easter can be summarized in a simple phrase: God stretches out his hands. God stretches out His hands between the Cross and the Resurrection, between death and life, between heaven and earth, uniting all of humanity with Himself. more
After having seen, two weeks ago, St Paul's personal zeal for the Gospel, we can now reflect more deeply on the evangelical zeal as he himself speaks of it and describes it in some of his letters. more
Dear brothers and sisters, Christ is risen!  On this day we proclaim that he, the Lord of our life, is “the resurrection and the life” of the world. (cf. John 11:25) more
The night is drawing to a close and the first light of dawn is appearing upon the horizon, as the women set out toward Jesus’ tomb. They make their way forward, bewildered and dismayed, their hearts overwhelmed with grief at the death that took away their Beloved. Yet upon arriving and seeing the empty tomb, they turn around and retrace their steps. more
Good Friday 2023: Homily from St. Peter’s Basilica
Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
April 7, 2023
Read the full text of Cardinal Cantalamessa's homily for Good Friday 2023, offered during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica. more
On Holy Thursday, April 6, 2023, Pope Francis gave the homily at the annual Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. more
This past Sunday, the Liturgy had us listen to the Passion of the Lord. It ended with these words: “They sealed the stone.” (cf. Matthew 27:66) Everything seemed over. For the disciples, that boulder signified the final end of their hope. more
What is the connection between synodality, Lent, and Easter? In what sense is our journey through Lent and Easter synodal? The answer can be summarized by two key ideas: “walking together” and “transformation.” more
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) This is the cry that today’s liturgy has us repeat in the responsorial psalm (cf. Psalm 22:2), the only cry that Jesus makes from the cross in the Gospel we have heard. Those words bring us to the very heart of Christ’s passion, the culmination of the sufferings he endured for our salvation. “Why have you forsaken me?” more