Archive | March 2014

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I can see! You light up my life!

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – The story of the man born blind John the Evangelist is inviting us to ask ourselves:  Who are the blind ones?  Who are those who see? This story is amazing.  William Barclay, the great Presbyterian scripture scholar, comments that “there’s no more vivid character drawing in all of literature […]

A thirsty man meets a thirsty woman

The Third Sunday of Lent (March 23, 2014) We’re in an important series of Sunday scriptures used to help catechumens (those preparing to meet the Lord in baptism).  In using this series of three stories (1st) The Woman at the Well, (2nd) The Man Born Blind (next Sunday) and (3rd)  The Raising of Lazarus, the […]

I’ve been to the mountain

The Second Sunday of Lent Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  For the full text of the day’s Mass readings go to the link provided here.  When you are ready to return to this blog page, click on the little arrow […]

The Fidelity of Jesus

  The First Sunday of Lent ~ The Fidelity of Jesus (March 9, 2014) (All the Scripture texts for this Mass can be found at the link that follows.  After you’ve looked at this site,  to get back to this page,  at the top Left corner of your computer screen look for the tiny arrow […]

The Jesus I know and love

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers, In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy […]

Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. So, you may ask ~ what’s this Ashes thing” We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What are ashes about? What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes on the penitent’s forehead he says one of two poignant phrases: […]

Carnival

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party.  And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight on Ash Wednesday when we Catholics fast and abstain from meat on Ash […]