Notre Dame Cathedral begins centuries-old Lenten Conference cycle

.- Last week, Archbishop Vingt-Trois of Paris, began the traditional cycle of Lenten teachings which are given each Sunday at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a tradition which goes back to 1835.

This year’s theme is “Here is the man” (Ecce Homo), which hearkens back to the exclamation of Pontius Pilate, presenting Jesus to the crowd. This week, the Archbishop will explore the question “How can we live our humanity more deeply, truly and in its full dignity?”

The first conference was presented last week by physician Axel Kahn, along with
Jean Vanier, founder of the Community l’Arche, which is dedicated to assisting handicapped people. They both reflected on the great human experience of difference.

This week, the reflection explored the question of “becoming” and the constant realization of man throughout his whole life.

"Through the reflection proposed today, we can measure better that human becoming is not just a simple chronology from which humanity is striving to escape in avoiding the question of death, " said Archbishop Vingt-Trois.

"With the death and resurrection of Christ, it’s the proper sense of history that falls into death and becomes a source of life, it is the origin of a new filiation that goes beyond the transmission of flesh and blood."

Referring back to the previous Sunday’s Gospel on Jesus’ Transfiguration, he said that “The transfiguring illumination on the mountain is also a reading of human life, it manifests what is invisible to our eyes: the everlasting presence of God compared to the historical swiftness of our humanity.”

In the light of this transformation, he said, it is not only the person of Jesus who is transfigured but the whole of human history.

The Cathedral announced that next week’s theme will be on the question of human suffering.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: