2017 Easter Reflection

By: Rev. Brian O. McDermott, S.J., Dr. Theol., Special Assistant to the President, Georgetown University

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

During his life on earth Jesus lived in total dependence on God as the source-of-all, whom he called Abba, and on the Holy Spirit. He also learned how to be an authentic human being (marked by self-giving love) from the other human beings who loved him unconditionally, such as Mary and Joseph.

Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots

The devotion to our Lady Undoer of Knots began in the 2nd century with St. Irenaeus. He wrote, "The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”

With this Novena, we pray for Mary, our Advocate, and Helper in moments of affliction, to intercede on our behalf and undo the Knot of an impending execution. 

Holy Hour of Mercy

The culture of life we seek is built on a foundation of prayer. The Holy Hour of Mercy is a resource that guides you through an hour of praying for life and an end to the death penalty. Prayers in this hour include the St. Michael Prayer, The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a Litany for Life. This guided holy hour can be used to lead a group in a prayer service for and an end to the Death Penalty or can be used by an individual during a personal holy hour.