Good Friday

John August Swanson, “The Crucifixion” The celebration of Good Friday is simple in theory. We read or hear the Passion narrative, fast out of respect for the solemnity of the day, and anticipate the quiet waiting of Holy Saturday and…

Lent in the Year of Mercy

Frans Lanting, “Ghost Trees at Dawn” [photo, National Geographic] “What does it mean for [the Church] to be disciples of Jesus, the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, replacing power with love, replacing pride with humility, replacing…

Cross Talk

The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith, a potent reminder of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and an image recognized worldwide. Whether specifically a crucifix or a plain cross, this image has been associated with Christianity since the beginning of…