jesus-stained-glass“No Greater Love.” Our Lord reminds us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend. This is exactly what He, fully God and fully man, did for us. But why was this ultimate sacrifice necessary to set right our relationship with God?

As you prepare for the Holiest Week of our Liturgical Year, deepen your understanding the fundamental questions of our salvation. Why was Christ’s sacrifice needed to atone for the Original Sin of mankind and for our personal sins? Why did He die in such a horrific way?

Father James McIlhone, Director of Biblical Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, brings his Bible and his Catechism into the studio, to address these questions and to help us more fully participate in the sacred liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter itself.

Ed Horodko, host of Immaculate Heart Radio’s Living The Faith and Bay Area Catholic, brings you these brief and exclusive conversations with Father Jim. Each 90-second message is broadcast on your Immaculate Heart Radio station, and all are playable right here for your convenience.

Why do we need to be saved?

Atonement: part of God’s plan.

The enormity of Christ’s sacrifice.

Fully divine, fully human, to cancel the debt.

Why does Christ sacrifice himself for us?

The horrific death of Christ.