The celebration of Good Friday is ancient, dating at least to the 4th century. But why is it called a "good" day?
This year Easter will be celebrated on March 31, but in 2014 it will occur on April 20. The reason has to do with the mismatch between the periodicity of the sun and the moon and the long history of human efforts to create a reliable and consistent calendar.
On this Good Friday, as on many before, I consider anew the full range of torture and humiliation to which Jesus of Nazareth was subjected, physical and sexual. The latter is so traumatizing for the Church that we have covered it up -- literally.
If you're making Easter Candy Bark, you have a very legitimate excuse to stock up on all sorts of pastel egg-shaped morsels. And when you're done, you'll have each type of candy left over.
The decisions made during Francis' first Holy Thursday as pope will signal much about just what sort of father Francis will be: a loving one who values his daughters as much as his sons, who truly listens and is willing to admit his own mistakes, or a father who signals merely a shift in papal style but not in substance?
How they're made, and the most popular methods to eat them.
Tonight, as we eat the bread and drink the cup, as simple as it seems on the outside, know that we are choosing no less than to feast upon Christ's love for us, and to bring that feast out to others.
Passover is rooted in communities and families coming together to celebrate ancient traditions and timeless memories, and creating new ones. There is so much happens around the table. In a few days, the Easter feast will be presented in a similar fashion.
I make the Empty Tomb Cake to remember the joy and wonder it inspired in me as a child. It's my own celebration of coming out of the dark; of triumph after struggle; of faith, not in life after death, but in this life before death.
The spring time holidays are approaching which means road trips back home to small towns across America. It also means having to deal with families that call your lifestyle "alternative" and your wife of five years, your "roommate."
Easter is on its way and I have concocted a gorgeous Mocktail to celebrate the season!
As Elizabeth Warren showed the world, the government officials trusted with the job of arresting bankers and bringing them to trial haven't done it and won't do it. So if you ask yourself, "What Would Jesus Do?", the answer is clear.
Saint Francis is reported to have famously said, "Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, use words." His namesake's Holy Thursday homily can be short and sweet, for his actions have already spoken volumes.
During this time of rebirth and renewal, these religious leaders remind us that we must strongly consider how our government conducts itself on behalf of our nation at home and abroad.
"And a young man followed [Jesus], with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked."
While I may not agree with the entire spiritual underpinning of "Lent," I liked the idea of participating in it as a personal-growth exercise, in line with my previous efforts to read Cats in the original feline, or to get taller.