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Christians must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.
In a tradition dating back to the early Church, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted gathered March 30 with his brother priests to bless the oils that will be used in sacraments during the coming year.
From Jerusalem to Rome to parishes around the world, the pope and local bishops will soon carry out the annual custom of preparing and distributing to churches the holy oils.
From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel.
Most of us will probably never have to risk our lives in order to help someone. The question is, what are we doing with this precious life that we’ve been given? Are we squandering it on trivialities? And what will the Father find when He looks into our heart and searches for compassion?
ICYMI: Here is Bishop Olmsted's homily from Feb. 22, the first Sunday of Lent.
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