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Sunday, March 23, 2008

The day death itself became mortal.

The power of his death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up. By dying he submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again he destroyed them.

He did away from the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time, not of eternity.

--Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermo 8 de passione Domini.

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Kathy Shaidle once said that this performance struck her as a perfect metaphor for the Resurrection. I think she's right:

He is risen!

Happy Easter to you and yours.

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