The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:26)
The Risen Lord shows a remarkable freedom with respect to earthly things. Not only is he entirely free from all weakness and suffering, but not even locked doors are no barrier to him, His body is full of intese and perfect life, and everything is easy to Him. Having conquered sin and death He has won for Himself the perfect peace of victory. Continue reading
Here are some pictures of the Good Friday Liturgy in Heiligenkreuz yesterday. The last few pictures show the custom of carrying a veiled monstrance in procession to an altar decorated as a tomb.
In a Holy Week Episode of The Josias Podcast we discuss Christ’s death out of love for us and for our salvation. We begin with a discussion of the highpoint of Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, the soprano aria Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben.
I was recently invited to speak at a event on the crusades organized by students in Trumau. I spoke mostly about just war. To speak about war during Passiontide brings one sharply up against the apparent tension between the mildness of Christ, the lamb who opens not his mouth, and Christian rulers who wage war. I just posted my reflections on that problem at The Josias.
Over at the bloggingheads spinoff meaningoflife.tv I have a conversation with Aryeh Cohen-Wade, in which we discuss the Mortara case, debates about liberalism and integralism among Catholics, and finally the monastic life. The conversation was enjoyable, though I was a bit groggy from flu and flu medications.
We discussed an interesting essay by Nathan Shields at the Jewish magazine Mosaic, liberal propaganda about the wars of religion, and Gelasian Dyarchy (I’m afraid I forgot to mention The Josias, the integralist website for which I have written a number of pieces), and then a little about the monastic life and the practice of lectio divina.