First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent      Repent and believe in the Gospel. Temptations confront us all the time. It may be a temptation to do something obviously against God’s desire for us. It could be a transgression against a commandment. It could be a refusal to obey the regulations of the church. It could be … [Read more…]

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

When we are in conflict with another person, it is very natural to think that Jesus is at our side, consoling us rather than the other person. After all, Jesus knows what is in my heart and knows I am in the right. Doesn’t he? It is really hard to think that the other person … [Read more…]

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday after Ash Wednesday Today’s reading on fasting is a good reminder to keep the correct focus on our sacrificial practice. Any sacrificial activity that has other motivations changes the focus from God and his people to oneself. Those of us who are accustomed to the bounty of three meals a day can benefit from … [Read more…]

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s reading challenges us to counter the societal trend to pursue success and power as a means of achieving happiness. Instead we are encouraged to accept our need to embrace the true happiness that follows Jesus’ path to the cross. It sounds like an ominous endeavor. St Thérèse of Lisieux teaches us that starting small … [Read more…]

Ash Wednesday 2018

Ash Wednesday. Each year we are given a gift. It is the gift of Lent. Pope Francis reminds us: In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord … [Read more…]