He descended into hell

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There are lots of ideas about why Jesus descended to Hell between His death and resurrection. I’m no theologian, so I read some of the discussions but I confess that I don’t really know what was going on there.

And I’m OK with that. My understanding will continue to develop. And maybe this is one of the things I won’t understand until I’m on the other side of death myself.

For me, though, I’m pondering the idea that … Jesus went to Hell, yes, but then He came back.

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Our bread

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Today we begin our Holy Triduum, the time when God and humanity intersect in the Glory of Jesus, our Christ.

I’m thinking about how we ask God to give us this day our daily bread. Why bread? I can go days without having bread, if I have other food to replace it with. And I can survive much longer without food than I can water.

Where have I heard about bread before? Hmm… maybe I’ll head off to Mass and think about it.
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Crowning with thorns

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Holy week begins today. The most holy time of our entire year.

When I think about Jesus’ passion, the crown of thorns seems to be unbelievably cruel. The whole event is unfathomable, of course, but this hits my heart in a special way.

I think it came from portrayals I’ve seen in movies and plays. Can you imagine the pain involved with penetrating the skin on your head? I’ve whacked my head many times during my lifetime, and I see stars.

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Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

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When we talk about the Trinity, we have a customary order. Father first. Son second. Holy Spirit third.

I’m wondering if there’s a deeper reason for this.

I’ve heard that it might have something to do with the Son proceeding from the Father, while the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Maybe just me, but that doesn’t seem like a compelling reason. I might use that logic to reverse the order, as I did in the first sentence of this paragraph.

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As we forgive

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We’re asking our Father forgiveness – for our trespasses, our sins. But then we ask this is as we forgive those who trespass against us.

This means a lot of things.

We’re asking forgiveness to the same degree as we forgive others. Maybe we should think that there’s some kind of accounting: if I haven’t forgiven five times today, then maybe I’m not worthy to receive God’s grace the five times I need it.

I have to get to forgiving!

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World without end

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I’ve been confused about this for decades. Why do we declare: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end?

First, we believe that our world will come to an end. At the Second Coming.

Second, that phrase doesn’t exist in the Latin version. Et in saecula saeculorum means something like for a really really long time. We have a perfectly good phrase for it in English: forever and ever.

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Our journey of Lent

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It’s rather funny how much people like Ash Wednesday. I heard someone joke once that it’s just about Catholics loving “free stuff”, whether it’s palm fronds or ashes.

I think it’s a deeper need we all have to take stock of the spiritual dimension of our lives.

At New Year’s, people tend to focus on physical health. And in my realm, on career and business goals.

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