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Bishop Robert Barron

The Empty Grave

Many people enjoy visiting the graves of famous people, from Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL to St. Peter in the Vatican. We feel a sense of peace and finality around graves. But the one thing we would never expect in a cemetery is action. Yet that’s precisely what we find at the center of Christianity, as St. John recounts in today’s Easter Gospel.

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Scott Hahn

Seeing and Believing

Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.”

What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted off by grave robbers, who usually stole the expensive burial linens and left the corpses behind.

But notice the repetition of the word “tomb”—seven times in nine verses. They saw the empty tomb and they believed what He had promised: that God would raise Him on the third day.

Chosen to be His “witnesses,” today’s First Reading tells us, the Apostles were “commissioned . . . to preach . . . and testify” to all that they had seen—from His anointing with the Holy Spirit at the Jordan to the empty tomb.

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Fr. Andrew Ricci

The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!

The resurrection of Jesus brings hope and life as we turn away from our sins and embrace the living Lord.  No matter what’s happened in the past, may we draw strength from God’s love and walk in the light of Christ’s amazing grace.  The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed.

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This Sunday’s podcasts will appear on this page when they are made available.

  • We Just Don’t Get It
    on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    Friends, let us rejoice whenever the grace of God is on display. The point of the sacraments is so that God’s grace may flood the world, but the Lord can operate outside of our formal structures. He desires these gifts for us, but as the creator of them, he is never limited by them.

Be with the Word

A weekly podcast from Souls and Hearts with Dr. Gerry Crete, marriage and family therapist. The hosts delve into human and psychological issues that surface in the upcoming Sunday Mass readings.

  • Episode 84 - Breaking free of Power Struggles to find Joy
    by Souls and Hearts on Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Dr. Gerry explores the themes of suffering and joy in the readings of the 26th-29th Sundays in ordinary time. We must develop 'wisdom of the heart' in order to break free of attachments. Dr. Gerry discusses how our fantasies involve power struggles which despite distortion reveal our true needs. It is in caring for others that leads to joy and gladness. It is in meeting the deeper need that we can break the power struggle inherent in our fantasies. Dr. Gerry walks us through accepting what we really need: goodness, consolation, comfort and connection. Calling a few good men: Join Dr. Gerry in an online community for Catholic men: 

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Fr. Andrew Ricci is the Rector of Christ the King Cathedral in Superior, Wisconsin.


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