ZENIT has posted English translations of Father Raniero Cantalamessa's Lenten sermons and Good Friday homily given as preacher of the Pontifical Household. I have moved this post up each week so that I can post links to all of them together. That seems like a good idea because people sometimes look for them weeks or months later, and it makes it easier for them to find what they are looking for.
First Lenten Sermon: "And Being in Agony He Prayed More Earnestly", Part 1 and Part 2: Gethsemane
Good Friday Homily: "God Manifests His Love for Us"
In his Good Friday homily, Father Cantalamessa spoke about the recent hype over the Gnostic "Gospel of Judas", alluded to the approaching release of the Da Vinci Code movie, and called upon Catholics to not respond in silence:
There is much talk about Judas' betrayal, without realizing that it is being repeated. Christ is being sold again, no longer to the leaders of the Sanhedrin for thirty denarii, but to editors and booksellers for billions of denarii. No one will succeed in halting this speculative wave, which instead will flare up with the imminent release of a certain film, but being concerned for years with the history of Ancient Christianity, I feel the duty to call attention to a huge misunderstanding which is at the bottom of all this pseudo-historical literature.
Setting aside those fictional works, he said that the best way to reflect on the mystery of Good Friday this year would be to re-read the entire first part of the recent Papal Encyclical Deus Caritas Est.
Photo: Seventeenth century German crucifix from the Chapel of Reconciliation of the Church of the Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe, California.