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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/27/2016 12:00 AM

Jesus is truly raised from the dead, and all of time and space is changed!

From the inside, from the chains of death, Jesus has truly broken the bonds of death and it no longer holds any power over Him, nor over those who live in His name.

Today, nearly two thousand years later, the awe, the mystery, the power of this event has faded from our eyes. For us, it has always been. And the excitement that must have been felt that morning is harder to find and harder to experience.

Yet, it is still there and still present!

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/20/2016 12:00 AM

What always strikes me as we celebrate Palm Sunday is how quickly we shift from the group praising the Lord at His entrance into Jerusalem, chanting ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ and a few short minutes later, we are screaming out ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ as the Passion is proclaimed.

While this is always a jarring experience for me, to so quickly shift from one group to the other, I recognize that I can so easily do this in my life, as well. By my actions, I can go from exulting Christ and praising ‘Hosanna!’ and the very next moment, my actions and deeds scream out: ‘Crucify Him!’ as I turn away from Him once again. I do not want to do so; yet that snare, that old habit, that temptation to a short fused temper is so easy to fall prey. And I hang my head in shame and disgust once again.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/18/2016 4:09 PM
While it is not the case that St. Francis of Assisi actually said the line: ‘Preach always; and when necessary, use words;’ the sentiment does reflect something important as we approach the celebration of Easter. Once again, we will be visited by many who do not make a regular habit of worshipping with us on a weekly basis; and how we interact with them; how we make them feel welcome; the attitude that we bring to our encounter with them on Easter morning can go a long way to opening an invitation for them to return to the practice of the faith. So the line above does reflect this approach. For Benedictines, there is a maxim that we should treat every guest as if he or she were Christ present among us. What a wonderful opportunity this presents for us all in the next few weeks!
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 3/6/2016 12:00 AM

During the Mass, there are a number of prayers that the priest says quietly to assist in the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. They reflect what we celebrate, and I thought they would be good to share here, once, too, as they might be of assistance to you at Mass as well:

Prior to the Gospel, the Priest blesses the Deacon with these words: May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips that you may proclaim his Gospel worthily and well, in the name of the Father and of Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Deacon Ron answers your questions.

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Re: Why do we place a white pall on the casket of the deceased at funeral Masses?
I have been wondering about that. Thank you for explaining it.

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