Holy Week, especially the Triduum of days from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, is the pivot of grace every year. It is the space where the Holy Spirit leads us, the Church, to see ‘anew’ the Crucified Jesus and be renewed in heart and mind.
In our celebration of Lent, I have been reading Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical, Laudato Si’, a major writing on our common home, the earth, and the ecological crisis that afflicts the soil, water and air all about us.
As we enter into the solemn time of Holy Week, I want to center my attention on the Triduum of the Passion, the Death and the Resurrection of the Lord. However, I cannot help but remark on the fact that the Holy Father has just made a surprise announcement of a special Holy Year of Mercy, which will begin on Dec. 8 this year and will last until the end of November 2016. The Year is to highlight...
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