Dying and Rising with Christ – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Br. Nicholas BartoliMatthew 24:9–14

In the early church, Lent served as a time when catechumens, Christians awaiting baptism, were taught the principles of their faith, and participated in a variety of spiritual disciplines including things like fasting and prayer. The baptism itself would take place on the eve of Easter Sunday and it symbolized the process by which the new Christians die to their old selves under the baptismal waters before rising in the light of Christ. So, in a way, the disciplines of Lent were meant to prepare a person following the way of Jesus for such a radical transformation. Read More

The Martyrs of Uganda – Br. David Vryhof

davidvryhof_1Hebrews 10:32-39
Matthew 24:9-14

Christianity is costly.  “When Christ calls (us),” writes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a martyr of the 20th century, “he bids (us) come and die.”

Some Christians pay the ultimate cost for their allegiance to Christ.  Among them are the martyrs of Uganda, whom we remember today.  One source describes their witness in this way: Read More