Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, discusses why the Church commends to us the annual season of Lent and an annual reflection on the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord.
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Dr. Regis Martin, professor of theology, meditates on the question “why did God come down in the first place?” Lent, he says, is an invitation to grow in the virtues and an opportunity to fortify our resistance to the devil’s ways.
By Linus Meldrum
An anomaly both then and now, Andrea Mantegna’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1480, has often been called a tour-de-force of perspective. This small tempera painting was found by Mantegna’s son in the artist’s personal collection at his death. The Early Renaissance masterpiece likely disturbed its viewers with its strangeness—the composition, the point of view, and the insistent description are unnerving. Jesus had never been seen quite like this. Christ, having been removed from the cross has been placed upon a marble slab. Rather than the typical embrace of His Mother, we see Mary at the side, age-appropriate and weeping. The other figures are likely St. John, with his mouth agape, and Mary Magdalene, given her relationship with the anointing of Jesus and the presence of an alabaster jar at the rear of the slab. Christ, lightly covered by a damp cloth, rests His head upon a pillow. We see His wounds. His hands are pulled up in near-gesture. A barely discernable halo flickers around his head. The Lamentation is sometimes paired with Mantegna’s drawing in the British Museum titled Man Laying on a Stone Slab. The drawing depicts a man in a reclining pose, eyes closed, yet lifting himself—like a sleepwalker about to rise. My mind forms a question: did this drawing spark Mantegna’s imagination to conceive an image of Christ which helps us to anticipate the Resurrection?
Dr. Scott Hahn, the Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses a new way to look at Lent.
Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, reflects on Scripture passages that draw us closer to Christ during Lent.
Dr. Regis Martin expresses the discomfort of Lenten penances and the real purpose of them: to help us understand that the Lord is still apart from us for a time.
Dr. Regis Martin, professor of theology at Franciscan University, reflects on Lent and the Gospel of John.
Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, offers a thought on Reconciliation and Lent through a look at the parable of the Prodigal Son.
“What is written about Me is coming to fulfillment,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (see Luke 22:37).
Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated and promised is to be fulfilled.
The Liturgy this Lent has shown us the God of the Exodus. He is a mighty and gracious God, Who out of faithfulness to His covenant has done “great things” for His people, as today’s Psalm puts it.
But the “things of long ago,” Isaiah tells us in today’s First Reading, are nothing compared to the “something new” that He will do in the future.
A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view …
In today’s First Reading, God forgives “the reproach” of the generations who grumbled against Him after the Exodus. On the threshold of the promised land, Israel can with a clean heart celebrate the Passover, the feast of God’s first-born son (see Joshua 5:6-7; Exodus 4:22; 12:12-13).
With special guest Fr. Anthony Giambrone, OP
Every year, the Church gives us the gift of Lent as a special time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But while most Catholics pray and many of us fast, we can sometimes neglect almsgiving. What is this ancient spiritual practice? How does it differ from secular philanthropy? Franciscan University Presents host Michael Hernon and Franciscan University theology professors Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn will explore the power and benefits of almsgiving with Father Anthony Giambrone, a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.
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In this third week of our spiritual journey through Lent, the Scripture readings remind us of what we might call the “Moses stage” of salvation history, and also drive home the theme of repentance during this holy season.
At the beginning of Lent, the Church reads to us the account of Jesus doing spiritual combat with the devil in the wilderness, reminding us that Lent is a time of warfare. Through our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we do battle with the power of the devil in our lives, and with God’s grace, defeat him decisively.