Month: April 2022

Musings about visiting Dad

I am back on the farm where I grew up to visit my dad. Those of you who read my posts will remember that he celebrated his 100th birthday back in March. First I must say that he appears to be healthy. Of course there is always the caveat … for his age. No one …

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Snow in April

Mother Nature

April 19, 2022 We’ve all heard the adage that a woman’s prerogative is to change her mind. Well, it seems Mother Nature is taking full advantage of that, and I’m NOT happy about it. We’ve had weather in the low 70s already. Okay, that is a bit warm for here, but more welcome than the …

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Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022 Easter Sunday HAPPY EASTER!! I must admit that today’s liturgy is a letdown after last night. Today is more like a regular Sunday liturgy; the energy, drama, symbolism, and excitement of last night is missing. But the Easter readings are still beautiful! This morning, Peter, in an excerpt from Acts of the …

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The Easter Vigil

April 16, 2022 The culmination: The Great Easter Vigil Tonight, “when heaven joins with earth”, we celebrate the greatest liturgy of the whole year—The Great Easter Vigil. There is nothing to compare with this liturgy! St. Augustine called this Vigil, “The Mother of all Vigils”, and he should know because he was a convert, and …

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Holy Saturday

April 16, 2022 There is no Mass today until sundown. We continue to wait and pray and ponder. On this day, we should take several moments to rest in the tomb with our Lord. If we have had a good Lent, then we have died to harsh words, quick temper, selfish behavior, cigarettes, alcohol, or …

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Good Friday

April 15, 2022 Good Friday Several times in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples about his death. He warns them that he will suffer torture, be abandoned, and put to death. Today we remember the day his prophecies came true. Today is the only day of the Church’s calendar on which no Mass is celebrated. …

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Holy Thursday

April 14, 2022 The season of Lent ends with the setting of the sun and we begin the Triduum with Holy Thursday. The readings for today are the same every year. We celebrate the dual meaning of today—Eucharist and Service. First, we read from the Book of Exodus about the Passover—how the Israelites readied themselves …

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Wednesday of Holy Week

April 13, 2022 As the tone turns darker still, we are given yet another excerpt from the Suffering Servant Songs of the prophet Isaiah. The servant uses his “well-trained tongue” “to speak a word” that will rouse the people. For this he will be tortured. The psalmist calls out in torment because he has become …

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Tuesday of Holy Week

April 12, 2022 “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb” announces the prophet Isaiah in another excerpt from his Suffering Servant Songs in today’s reading. The Psalmist declares, “On You I depend from birth, from my mother’s womb You are my strength.” We know from the Infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke, …

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