The teacher was dressed in his Sunday best and when the student asked him why, the teacher responded, “To celebrate the great feast!”

“Aren’t you confused, Teacher?” asked the student. “We just celebrated Ascension Thursday yesterday.”

“Yes, that was indeed a high holy day of the Risen Jesus ascending into heaven,” replied the teacher. “But forty-one days after Easter is the equally holy, incarna­tional feast of Descension Friday. After ascending to his reward in heaven, Christ immediately descended deeply into the depths of daily life here on earth. And Descension Friday, I assure you, is a far harder feast to live out than Ascension Thursday.”

Source | Edward Hays, The Ladder
(Ave Maria Press, 1999)


On the feast of the ascension we are not celebrating a departure but an arrival, not an absence but a presence.  It is all about putting on “easter eyes” and see the Presence in “the depths of daily life here on earth.”


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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