Death Where is Your Sting?

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Death is a big problem. It’s the only problem, in fact, that really matters. The average college student, feeling young and immortal, doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about death. Your whole life stretches before you. Why ponder death? After all, there are more pressing concerns.

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Entering Into Christ’s Sabbath

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Apart from the procession with palms, the long gospel reading of our Lord’s Passion makes the Palm Sunday Mass quite memorable for most people. The rubrics of the Mass for Palm Sunday even specify that the homily should be kept short — not to “make up time,” but because the gospel reading is really meant to stand on its own. Palm Sunday invites us to enter into the Lord’s Passion in a contemplative way — to experience it as an event rather than a lesson. The Passion is not a parable. It is our God giving himself to us fully and freely in love.

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“Speakin’ with a Deacon”

A Protestant student interviews our campus minister

A few months ago a WCU student from a Protestant background sat down for a chat with Deacon Matt. They discussed the Catholic faith, the way Catholics worship, what we believe about the saints, prayer, marriage and sexual morality, and some of the many misconceptions people have about Catholics. Have a listen!

The One Without Sin

5th Sunday of Lent (C)

There is a common frustration people experience at some point in their Christian journey. They know they are a sinner. They confess their sins and receive God’s forgiveness. They strive to live a more holy life, but… they keep sinning. Why? they cry out. Why, if I’ve given myself to Christ, do I keep doing these things I know I shouldn’t be doing?

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Why Are the Statues Covered?

Depending on where you attend Mass, you may see the statues and images covered in the sanctuary beginning on the 5th Sunday of Lent. If you are not used to seeing this done, it may strike you as odd or even a bit unsettling. It is unsettling to see our beautiful statues and sacred images draped with shrouds like ghosts. The point is to unsettle us, as part of our Lenten preparation for Easter.

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