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The Word Is Life

On Grief, the Pandemic, and Pentecost

I remember when COVID-19 started, just as the word “pandemic” was starting to be whispered, before life as we knew it changed so radically. That first week, it seemed harder to get through the days and nights – there were so many questions and so few answers. In some ways that time feels like years…

Fifth Sunday of Easter: A solid foundation

“Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6). A cornerstone lies at the foundation of a building. It is often laid with a formal ceremony, bearing the date when the building began. Jesus is the cornerstone…

Christ is Risen!

    Painter Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492) was born in modern-day Tuscany. Known as a great mathematician, his paintings are characterized by their serene humanism as well as their use of geometric forms and perspective. This fresco of Christ’s resurrection was painted for the town hall of Sansepolcro.  Banner in hand, Christ rises out…

Ash Wednesday

It seems macabre to have a special day devoted to reminding people they are going to die. Yet on the surface that appears to be the reason behind Ash Wednesday. “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust” and all that… Indeed, this day brings with it a stark reminder of our mortality. We wear it…