Don’t Be a Sourpuss!

There are many voices out there today that paint a bleak picture of the Church and her ability to overcome secular culture and evangelize a broken world. They keep lamenting, “Look how bad everything is!” The jump from Church scandal to declining priestly vocations to empty pews. Sometimes, there are strong and important points to […]

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February 23 – Second Tuesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “’For they preach but they do not practice,’ (Matt 23:3).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s Gospel, Matthew talks about the scribes and the Pharisees, recounting how they exalted themselves. This reading warns against attracting attention by outward signs – of power and religiosity. Daily Lent Challenge Today I ask myself if there are places in myself […]

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Be Quiet and Listen

St. Francis DeSales, in a Lenten sermon of 1615, maintained that the true goal of prayer was to make our will and the will of God one, leading us then to desire only God. He spoke of the need to give one’s self totally over to God. He wrote, “You have only one soul, and […]

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February 22 – Second Monday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “’But who do you say that I am?’, (Mat 16:15).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s Gospel Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say I am?” and they report to him what they have heard others saying about him. But when he then asks the direct question “who do you say I am?”, they are […]

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February 21 – Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “’It is wonderful for us to be here,’ (Mat 5:25).” Daily Lent Reflection Today we hear an account of the Transfiguration.  It reminds us of who Jesus is and what love he showed in becoming human.  It leaves us with the simple question – what more could Jesus have done to show the strength of […]

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February 20 – First Saturday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? (Mat 5:46).” Daily Lent Reflection Today’s readings emphasize the need to obey the Lord’s commands.  The first reading is uncompromising about what is required.  Moses reminds the people that their special status as God’s own people can only be achieved if the […]

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February 19 – First Friday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “Go first and be reconciled with your brother, (Mat 5:25).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s Gospel reading we hear that we should not be approaching the altar if our brother (or sister) has something against us. One of the important lessons from this reading is the need for reconciliation. Our humanity inevitably means that there […]

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An Everyday Steward is Prayerful

For each Sunday of Lent and Passion Sunday, the Everyday Stewardship reflection will look at each of the six characteristics of an Everyday Steward, as contained in the book of the same name. This week we explore how an Everyday Steward is “prayerful.” Click here to read the full post If you missed last week’s reflection, An […]

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February 18 – First Thursday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “On the day I cried out, you answered, (Psa 138:3).” Daily Lent Reflection Rather like the Psalm which is used today, the reading from the Book of Esther is a prayer of total trust in the Lord. Esther’s people are exiles in a foreign land and are facing the risk of extermination. Esther appeals to […]

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February 17 – First Wednesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn, (Psa 50:17).” Daily Lent Reflection Today’s readings connect the mission of Jesus to that of the ancient prophet Jonah; the prophet associated with the whale. The symbolism of Jonah in the whale’s belly is associated with the Lord’s days in the tomb before […]

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A Cure for the Pain

So this morning, after several weeks of the pain in my cracked tooth getting worse, I went and got a root canal. The pain had gotten progressively worse and also unpredictable, sometimes feeling fine and sometimes throbbing like nobody’s business. Also, a root canal did not sound like fun. You would think something that costs […]

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Attentive to the Grandeur of God

For Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Lent Oh, to be Peter, James, and John! In the company of others, they walked with Jesus, heard him teach, saw him heal and perform miracles, had dinner with him. Who wouldn’t want to have such everyday moments with the Lord? Then, in Sunday’s Gospel, we hear […]

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