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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February 16 – First Tuesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.(Isa 55:11).” Daily Lent Reflection The Isaiah reading describes the Hebrew concept of Dabhar, the creative energy of God which makes things happen. The creation story is […]

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Snow Day Stewardship

If you live a part of the world where snow falls at least occasionally in the winter, you probably have experienced the event of a snow day. Schools are cancelled, the government is shut down, and some businesses are closed. In some parts of the world, like here in North Carolina, even two inches can […]

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February 15 – First Monday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “‘Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy,’ (Lev 19:2).” Daily Lent Reflection Today’s readings sum up what service to God is about. The Book of Leviticus offers detailed rules which govern the lives of the faithful followers of the Lord; but ultimately, the supreme rule is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” […]

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February 14 – First Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days, (Luke 4:1-2).” Daily Lent Reflection Our Sunday Lent readings this year begin with an account of Jesus’ time being tested.  Luke tells us that Jesus was led […]

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February 13 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “‘Follow me, ’(Luke 5:27).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s gospel we hear the call of Matthew; he is called to be a disciple of Jesus.  Matthew is sitting in the customs house and Jesus approaches him and says ‘Follow me’.  These words change Matthew’s life.  But this call is not just something that happened […]

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It’s a Friday in Lent, So Why Do I Crave a Hamburger?

You know, there really aren’t that many Fridays in Lent, so you would think not eating meat for us Catholics would be no big deal. But every year there are people asking things like, “Can I order a pepperoni pizza at midnight?” I remember being in college, a Catholic college mind you, and at midnight […]

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February 12 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “Your vindication (integrity) shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard, (Isa 58:8).” Daily Lent Reflection We are called to act with integrity in all aspects of our lives – and we all have the potential to stray from this. Integrity is mentioned many times in Scripture and […]

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An Everyday Steward is Mindful

For the next five Sundays 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 “mindful.” Click here to read the full post

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February 11 – Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Today’s Gospel “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, (Deut 30:19).” Daily Lent Reflection Today we are challenged with a choice – life or death. We might be tempted not to engage with something so stark. Perhaps it is easier to see life and death as either a drawing towards […]

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