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This is My Body, Given for you

This is My Body, Given for you

An Easter reflection on sacrifice and women’s bodies As his death approaches, Jesus pauses to celebrate a meal with his disciples. Breaking the bread, he declares, “This is my body, which is given for you” (Lk 22:19). With these words, Jesus gives context and meaning to what is about to happen to him. His death, though senseless and incomprehensible as it will seem to his friends, is a sacrifice—an offering of himself for the world.  Later, the apostles interpret Jesus’…

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He who scatters weeps

He who scatters weeps

I spent a good bit of yesterday on the couch, cuddled up next to my middle child. He was sick, thankfully with a mild stomach bug that simply required a day of sleep. While the sick day at home gave me the opportunity to do some much-need cleaning and organizing, I chafed at the restraint. Outside, spring taunted me. So far, September’s weather has been fickle, trying to decide whether to cling to the winter chill and clouds or to…

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Everyday life

Everyday life

It’s just in the very corner of everyday life where God has put us, that this [death of the self] can take place, and the surrounding influences can have their share in bringing down to death the old nature. It is no mystical, imaginary world that draws out the latent forms of self, but the commonplace, matter-of-fact world around us. Lilias Trotter

Benediction

Benediction

The days are too long and the nights come too early. My legs waver and my arms droop and my feet ache. This labor of love, this daily ritual of care: a cross-marked life that seems a far cry from the glory of that tree My house looks different than it used to. Scattered toys and gummy floors — remains of breakfasts, furtive snacks stollen in secret. There’s chalk on my window screens and crayon on the wall. These and…

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