Benedict XVI on Hope

On the eve of the season of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI has released his second encyclical: Spe salvi (“Saved by Hope”). The season of Advent is a season of hope, looking for and expecting the coming of Christ–celebrated in the context of anticipation of Christmas, but looking beyond to the second Advent of Christ, as…

The Ascension

Today is celebrated as the Ascension of Our Lord in many churches (40 days after Easter). The Catholic lectionary gives two options for the second reading, one of which may be Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23: Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he…

Divine Mercy

Here’s how one newspaper describes Divine Mercy Sunday: Catholics can get salvation by celebrating Divine Mercy In the 1930s, Jesus asked a Polish saint to establish a feast day that would be the last hope of salvation for Catholics. In 2000, Pope John Paul II designated that feast, on the Sunday after Easter, as the…