By Father Roger Landry, EWTN New - Few would have foreseen, as we packed into pews on Ash Wednesday, the Lent we had in store: that our fast would become an involuntary one from the Living Bread, that our almsgiving would feature social distancing from those in need, and that our prayer would occur mostly in the domestic church and in cyberspace… This year we have all been led into the desert, separated from the distractions of sports, late-night shows, parties, outside commitments, even face-to-face contact with friends, neighbors and extended family.
By Laura DeMaria, Catholic Stand - With churches now closed for over a month, more and more Catholics are becoming accustomed to ‘attending Mass’ via live-stream. But as I watched my Mass of choice recently (Fr. Charles Trullols at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, DC), I began to find it hard to remember what it is like to receive the Eucharist in person... The first time I heard of the “act of spiritual communion,” was when the Archdiocese of Washington, DC closed in March. I started saying St. Alphonsus Liguori’s traditional spiritual communion prayer with a sense of, “I hope this works!”
By Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange - The victory of the cross makes Easter a perennial, personal encounter with the risen Lord. Jesus manifested His resurrection to several witnesses but the first sign of Easter is the empty tomb. We who have received the gift of faith through baptism are not only spectators observing the Easter mysteries. The Lord said to Magdalene, “Go and tell” (Jn. 20:17). We bear witness to Christ’s empty tomb only when we arise from our own tombs and walk into our redeemed life.