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Category: Lent

Lent is an old English word for springtime. Just as we expect spring to bring warm weather and gentle rains to produce vegetables and flowers, the Church wants us to open up to the warmth and rain of God’s grace.

We don’t do Lent alone. God is the sower. Our heart is the field, the garden, in which he wants to sow seeds. In the Gospel today the devil tells Jesus he should show his divinity by making a big splash, by turning stones into bread or [read more]


Through the Prophet Isaiah, the Church specifies what is to be accomplished through our Lenten observance: a new way of being and living in the world, a way of being and living that carries with it a permanent blessing. So we are encouraged to be fully engaged in the project the Lord sets before us these 40 days.

But there is always the danger of formalism: “giving up” something or undertaking some pious exercise [read more]


In today’s first reading the Prophet Isaiah tells us the kind of fasting the Lord desires:

Releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own (Isaiah 58:6-7).

There are three key practices to truly being a disciple of Jesus: fasting, prayer, and good works. Most people [read more]


Yesterday we began our Lenten observance with a day of fasting and the sign of ashes on our forehead. Today we continue with whatever penance or practice we have chosen to mark this time of Lent. Today’s Scripture readings challenge us always to keep in mind the purpose of the season: to find our true selves and [read more]


We grumble when our stuff or our skin starts to crumble. We cry when we sit at the funeral of loved ones or stand at the grave looking at the box holding their remains. Seeing that casket forces us to be more aware of the Ash Wednesday formula: “Remember you are dust,  [read more]

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