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Good Friday, The Crucifixion, The Crucifix

Apr 02, 2021 by Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch

Today is Holy and Good Friday in Western Christianity with Holy Week yet to be celebrated in Eastern Orthodox Christianity due to each celebrating on different calendars. For those who are today recalling the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, I would like to offer the following reflection in the hopes that it may offer a fresh insight.

Over the years I have spent many many hours before the image of the crucified Jesus on the cross and I have often been one, along with many others, to wear the crucifix on a chain about my neck. I was raised, as I’m sure many Christians were, with the teaching that the crucifix puts before us the vivid image of Jesus “atoning” for the sin and fallen nature of humanity. He is revealed as the scapegoat upon whom our sin is cast, the one to “pay the price” for our guilt.    

Memento Mori as a Spiritual Discipline

Mar 31, 2021 by Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch

Several years ago I began incorporating on a daily basis a Lenten spiritual discipline known as Memento Mori.  This is a Latin phrase embedded in many spiritual traditions meaning “remember you must die.”   The practice is often associated with an object serving as a reminder of death, such as a skull, ashes, or a visit to a cemetery.

To some people, this may seem to be a depressing practice.  It is, however, only depressing if you’re not looking at it or understanding it correctly.  

Christmas Reflection

Dec 22, 2020 by Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch

There is a saint from the early Church – St. Ananathius who lived around 298 – 373 and who was a patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt.  He is known for his remarkable wisdom even when he was young.  His most well-known work titled, On the Incarnation of Christ, is believed to have been written when he was only 23 years of age.  He wrote a sentence that has lived throughout the centuries down to this Christmas night.  He wrote, “God became man so that man might become god.”

Mystical Christianity

Dec 16, 2020 by Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch

The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.

—Fr. Karl Rahner

For many years now, I’ve had a growing conviction that the great Catholic theologian Fr. Karl Rahner was right to have claimed: “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.”

What does this mean, to be a mystic?  And why will Christians not exist at all if they are not of this order?  To understand this we must begin with an understanding of what mysticism is and what a mystic is.