Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word - John 19:17-30 - "So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, 'Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews'.
By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange - On Sunday, November 30, 1986, Saint John Paul II reminded his audience in Australia of the great blessing that all Christians share and how they should carry it with joy: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah our song.” The word “abandon” is of special significance, for it appears in Dante’s Divine Comedy when he places at the gate of hell the words, “Abandon hope ye who enter here”
By John Horvat II, CNS News - The headlines focus on the military actions of the war in Ukraine. Everything is seen in terms of stubborn resistance, horrific devastation, and military supplies flooding over the border to frustrate Russia's ambition to take over Ukraine... However, another fight rages in the background that could have more impact on the world stage. It is an economic battlefield, and the world financial order is at stake.
By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine - “And it was night.”—John 13:30 - If you are not paying close attention, you might miss it: two small omissions in the canon of the Holy Thursday Mass. While these occur only in the Extraordinary Form, their observation and consideration unleash the chilling power of Holy Thursday for every Catholic. They produce in the soul a kind of thunderclap. As with everything in the Roman Rite, their appearance is understated and demure, which is its genius and majesty.