Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spirituality Cafe

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spirituality Cafe

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"FORGIVING the unforgivable is hard. So was the cross: hard words, hard wood, hard nails." (William S. Stoddard, in Wisdom from a Pastor's Heart; Jossey-Bass, 2001)

CURIOUS "It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear the story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all." (Dorothy Sayers, The Man Born to Be King; Ignatius Press reprint, 1990)

PERFECT "A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act." (Mahatma Gandhi, Nonviolence in Peace and War; Garland, 1949)

TODAY? "If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, hear what he had to say, and make fun of it." (British historian Thomas Carlyle, Carlyle at His Zenith; Reprint Services, 1927)

"O HIDDEN strength! A man hanging on a cross lifts the weight of eternal death; a man fixed on wood frees the world from everlasting death. O hidden power!" (Saint Anselm, quoted at www.rejesus.co.uk)

IN THIS SEASON "Somehow we just don't make the same boisterous fun of Holy Week that we do of Christmas. No one plans to have a holly jolly Easter. Easter just isn't fun in the same way Christmas is, a type of fun that could be better described as styled for children....

"But when you think about the astonishing claims Christians make for Easter, that neglect seems pretty strange, even to an outsider. …

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