Christian Life

In the Shadow of the Cross

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In the Shadow of the Cross
Here is a list of passages from the writings of Paul where the words "cross" and "crucified" appear.  The Christian has been claimed under the sign of the cross.  And Paul illustrates this in different ways:
Fathers of the Church

Fraternal Correction, True Love and Prayer

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For the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Gospel reading is on Matthew 18:15-20. The gospel passage lends itself to two divisions: vv. 15-18 on fraternal correction and 19-20 on unanimity in prayer. And so our patristic symposium will deal ...
Scriptures, Spirituality, Theology

The Way of the Poor Christ and the Gospel of Well-Being

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The day’s gospel reading from Mark is about Jesus' question "Who do you say that I am?" (Mk. 8:27–33) Peter seemed to understand when he gave the answer "You are the Anointed One".  His subsequent attempt to put a stop to Jesus ...

Deny Yourself, Take up the Cross and Follow Me

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Augustine's Sermon 96 is dated 416 or 417 by Edmund Hill, OP (Sermons III/4 in The works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, New City). Internal evidence suggests that it was preached after the Ascension but before ...
Catechism, Liturgy

Paschal Mystery in the Catechism

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Paschal Mystery in the Catechism
The word "Paschal Mystery" refers to the mystery of the death and Resurrection of the Lord. Paul writes -- in a passage that we will read during the Easter vigil -- that we have been baptized into the death ...
Church in the World, Liturgy

Let’s Get Cuaresma-tic!

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Let’s Get Cuaresma-tic!
It is Ash Wednesday, and the Season of Lent begins once more. For this season, I offer a set of links to articles on this site that appropriately describe the season. The ashen cross reminds us of the ...

The Lenten Cross

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The Lenten Cross
In Augustine's Sermon 205, the great bishop of Hippo offers us some thoughts on the cross of Lent. The Sermon is an explanation of how during the season of Lent what Christians are already doing throughout the year is ...

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