Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Tossing Us the Keys to His Kingdom

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Jesus Giving Keys of Kingdom to Peter. Painting by Peter Castello, 1598

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, May 30, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

The term “American wake” originated in Ireland in the mid-1800s during the potato famine, when emigration to America over the Atlantic was a dangerous one-way ticket. An American wake is similar to a funeral wake, giving relatives and friends the chance to grieve the permanent departure of loved ones. The family would never again see those destined for American shores.

Why isn’t the departure of Jesus in the Ascension also a cause for sorrow? Let us count the ways. …

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