“Imaginative Hope”  

Throughout our Sisters of Notre Dame history, our Superior Generals have composed letters at Christmas, Easter, and other times. These letters offer their own spiritual insights, remind us of our founding sisters Sister Maria Aloysia and Sister Maria Ignatia, our spiritual mother Saint Julie Billiart, and keep the Congregation abreast of developments, such as missionary…

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The “April Fools” in Scripture

Some call today April Fool’s Day. A “holiday” to fool others seems nonsensical to me. Yet this week’s Scripture readings have several accounts of people being fooled at the first Easter. The disciples witnessed the death of Jesus and feared their own deaths by association with Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea assumed he would never be…

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Holy Saturday – March 30

On this night of vigil we participate in the interplay of past, present, and future. The new Christ candle is lit to praise the Christ of yesterday, today, and forever. Listening to the story of Jewish Passover we glorify the Lord who passed over from death to life. Like Exodus people ourselves, we go through…

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Good Friday – March 29

Crucified Savior, our world is fragmented by discord and division. Even in our small personal worlds we feel the violence, the shattering of trust, the brokenness of relationships, the scars of fear. Through your surrender on Calvary—“Into your hands I commend my spirit”—may we surrender ourselves to your healing. Reconcile our world, love us in…

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Holy Thursday- March 28

Tonight we participate in the beginning of the one liturgy that comprises the ritualization of the dying and rising of Jesus Christ. The three liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil are three but one, distinct but the same. All three make tangibly present the death and resurrection of Jesus. In each we…

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Gethsemani   — March 27

“Ah, Gethsemani, my favorite garden, my place of prayer. A garden that my disciples have also grown to love as a place to rest, to pray, to decide. This will be the last time I come. I will soon know the crush of the olive press. I will miss your fragrance, your gnarled trunks, your…

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“Be Quick, Judas!”    March 26

“Go quickly, Judas. I have dipped the food and offered it to you—just a morsel. You didn’t understand that I was about to give you a meal, a banquet of my Body. Perhaps my Father will bring you to the heavenly banquet. If that is my Father’s will, know that I want you to be…

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“Come Along!”  Palm Sunday – March 24

“Who is that guy riding on a donkey?” The town gossips said they knew: he was the fanatical preacher who talked about eating his body and drinking his blood. “Come on. Let’s join the crowd. Just yell ‘Hosanna!’” And so, they walked the streets behind a donkey. They heard shouts of “God save the Son…

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