Stand erect hold your heads high…

Today’s gospel begins with the disciples marvelling at the glory of the Temple; it must have been truly wonderful to see.  It had taken fifty years for Herod to rebuild the Temple.  Solomon’s original Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 588 BC, when the...

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord…

Both books of the Maccabees teach us that eternal life belongs to those who have lived for the Lord and of the necessity to pray for the dead.  We are all imperfect and need healing from the results of our sins, even if those sins are forgiven.  The wounds of sin do...