Category Archives: First Sorrowful Mystery

Edith Stein: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“The surrender of the soul to God is the highest achievement of its freedom.” “Only the person who renounces self-importance, who no longer struggles to defend or assert himself, can be large enough for God’s boundless action.” “I felt that … Continue reading

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The depth of Christ’s obedience

The Passion narrative in the Gospel of John emphasizes the power of Christ. He is in charge the entire time. How much do we let this idea and its implications penetrate us? Do we, for instance, believe that Christ could … Continue reading

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We are all Barabbas

Jesus Barabbas was his full name. Barabbas is translated “son of the father” (bar meaning “son of”, “abba” meaning father; just like Peter was known as Simon bar Jonah). We are all Barabbas, the guilty one who goes free, while … Continue reading

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God’s way of planning

When God spoke our cosmos into existence and put us here, he had already consented to come and die at our hands if we rejected his original plan. We adjust our plans without the benefit of forethought. God sees all … Continue reading

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