The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pope Benedict and Holy Week

Whenever the weirdness of the world and the stupidity (Is that too harsh?) of humanity drive me to consider a self-imposed exile to the wilds of Montana or the Nevada desert, I turn to Pope Benedict and see what he has to say about our current condition in the light of eternal truths. I am never disappointed and always brought back to earth.

And so today, on this Easter Sunday morning, I will refrain from pontificating and leave that to the real pontiff, Christ's Vicar on Earth. The following links will take you to a few of the Holy Father's Holy Week homilies and other addresses that are certainly worth your time:

Homily at Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday -- a beautiful reflection on the priesthood

Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday -- the remarkable gift of the Eucharist

Good Friday Address at the Colosseum (Stations of the Cross) -- Jesus' sacrifice of love on the Cross

Easter Vigil Homily -- Alleluia! Christ is Risen: a celebration of Christ our Light and the healing, salvific waters of Baptism.

Urbi et Orbi Message on Easter Sunday
-- Christ's Resurrection brings light to a world plagued by darkness

Should you prefer to watch videos of Pope Benedict's Holy Week liturgies, visit the Vatican's YouTube site.

These reflections by Pope Benedict should be good fuel for your meditations on this Easter Sunday.

Alleluia! He is risen!

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