Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien – Thoughts on Our Church

The following columns were written by Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and appeared in the Catholic Review.

We are deeply saddened by the recent announcement of Our Lady of Victory Catholic School closure and understand the news is upsetting to the students, staff and alumni of this beloved institution.

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If we love God, we will reject idols; we will not use his name in vain; and, we will be sure to keep the Sabbath holy, i.e., to take part in Sunday Mass. If we love our neighbor, we will respect our parents; treat others with respect; refuse to lie, cheat, or steal; and put every form of envy behind us

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On this feast of his Resurrection, he asks only to encounter us, to speak to us in love, and to remove the stone from our hearts . . . so that, at long last, we emerge from our self-built tombs, stand up straight, and lift our eyes to heaven, for in the Risen Lord our Redemption is at hand (cf. Luke 21:28)!

Is, then, the Cross, a sign of life or of death? Does it speak of sin or forgiveness? Despair or hope? Is it gruesome or consoling? . . . It is all of these, for any notion of redemption that does not encompass the whole of our humanity does not do justice to the goodness of our Redeemer or to the fullness of our faith.

The Eucharist, the celebration of the Holy Mass, is not merely a nice ritual, something we can take part in when we feel like it, or when we feel the need for it. Rather, it is utterly fundamental to our lives as Catholic Christians.

Para ver el Especial de Pascua de la Arquidiócesis de Baltimore y una transmisión EN VIVO de la Misa desde la Catedral de María Nuestra Reina con el Arzobispo Lori, sintonice el Canal 24 (MyTV Baltimore), Comcast (24), Verizon (509), DirecTV / DISH (41) a las 10:30 am el 4 de abril por la mañana del domingo de Pascua.

To watch the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Easter Special and a LIVE broadcast of Mass from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen with Archbishop Lori, tune into Ch.24 (MyTV Baltimore), Comcast (24), Verizon (509), DirecTV/DISH (41) at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning April 4.

Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate the 11 a.m. Easter Mass from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland on April 4. The liturgy will be preceded by a special production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.