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During the Paschal Triduum, we remember the Divine Mercy that has turned death into a remedy for sin.

John GrondelskiSix weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, we received ashes as a sign of our mortality. Tomorrow evening, as the Church begins the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Lent 2022 ends. That Mass marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, the three most sacred days of the Church’s year.

For these past six weeks, we have reflected on the meaning of human mortality, as symbolized in those ashes. We sought to remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return, not because God so willed it but because we inflicted the wound of sin on ourselves. God made man to live, and we cannot even conceptualize non-existence. God made man for good, and our orientation to morality and the good — our orientation to love — opened our perspective on life after death. We examined why death determines who we are as human beings, and how the Church helps us to prepare sacramentally for that determining moment through Penance, the Sacrament of the Sick, and the Eucharist. …

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