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Alleluia! Alleluia!

20 April 2014

He is Risen!

19 April 2014

Mosaic of the Resurrection, Rosary Basilica, Lourdes

Exult!

19 April 2014

Please Join Us Tonight

19 April 2014
Please Join Us Tonight

If you live in western Washington, I invite you to join us for the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Tacoma. The Vigil will begin at 9:00 PM, but you’ll want to get there early. Featuring: A bonfire. A dark church and a thousand candles. Chant (in Latin AND English). Seven readings from the Old Testament tracing Salvation History. A half a dozen psalms or more. More bells than you can shake a stick at....

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One Year Ago: León and… Francine!

19 April 2014
One Year Ago: León and… Francine!

(from my journal) León 19 April In León after a relatively easy 18km walk, made only slightly more difficult by the fact of walking on sidewalks for much of it. This is a fantastic city! It’s probably my favourite so far – other than Pamplona of course. Narrow, crooked streets, bursting with life and commerce. A Lion in León! Plaza in front of the Benedictine Albergue (and Hotel) The Cathedral is glorious. There’s an audio tour, of course, but...

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One Year Ago: the Meseta Nears its End

18 April 2014
One Year Ago: the Meseta Nears its End

(from my journal) Mansilla de las Mulas 18 April Another long Meseta trek. Breakfast in El Burgo Ranero. Met a cat outside the bar who begged for food. Power-walked after El Burgo Ranero – not sure why the energy. Met back up with Eamon at rest area about 5km before Reliegos where we lunched. Second half of lunch in Reliegos, where strange old woman attempted to re-direct peregrinos off the Camino for her own nefarious ends – presumably to...

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Good Friday: God is Dead

18 April 2014
grunwaldcrucifixion

Today is Good Friday: the commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundi pepéndit. Veníte adorémus. Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the salvation of the world. Come let us adore. (Missale Romanum: Friday of the Passion of the Lord) He was condemned by his own people, abandoned by his friends, sentenced to death by the Roman Prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. He was scourged, mocked,...

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Holy Thursday: Do this in Memory of Me

17 April 2014
Last Supper by Juan Juanes, c. 1560

The Season of Lent comes to its end this evening, as we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This celebration commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the source and summit of Church life. Unlike most Protestants, the Catholic and Orthodox (and others of the Apostolic Tradition) believe that God is really there, wholly present in the consecrated bread and wine. It ain’t just holy crackers, bub; it’s God. Don’t believe me? Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever...

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One Year Ago: Halfway

17 April 2014
One Year Ago: Halfway

(from my journal) Bercianos del Real Camino 17 April Francine is in flight! Meanwhile, today was another introspective Meseta day – bleak, virtually unchanging scenery pushing thoughts deep within with little distraction. Entered the Province of León. Just before arriving in the town of Sahagún, at a little place called Ermita de la Virgen del Puente, I crossed the halfway point of my Camino in terms of distance. There’s a monument there – supposedly exactly at the midway point...

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One Year Ago: the Long Flat

16 April 2014
One Year Ago: the Long Flat

(from my journal) Terradillos de los Templarios 16 April / St. Bernadette Leaving Carrión de los Condes Ruined Church Overlooking Carrión de los Condes Monasterio de San Zoilo, just outside Carrión de los Condes Today started out with 17.5 km of nothing. It didn’t get much better as the day went on. Lots of time to think, about what comes next, about literary projects and games, about my sins, obsessions, and demons. Sanitago at rest Accidentally left my fleece...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

 

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