Lent 2018

My God, why have you forsaken me!!!

Like a sapling he grew in front of us, Like a root in arid ground… a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering …. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, […]

The Sorrowful Mothers of the World

The Sorrowful Mother (The Pieta) – Michelangelo – In the millennial year of 1500 when he was 24 years old HOLY WEEK 2018 While I was on my retreat the first week of Lent 2009,  one of my prayer assignments was to sit before a statue of the sorrowful mother.  I have always had a […]

Monday of Holy Week ~ Love’s extravagance

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK ~ 2018 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure […]

God so loved the world . . . (John 3:16) Do you believe?

The Fourth Sunday of Lent 2018  We’re half-way through Lent now and traditional this is known as Laetare Sunday ~ Laetare in Latin, meaning “Rejoice!”  However, today’s readings don’t seem to have that kind of flavor. The Responsorial Psalm has us sing: “Let my tongue be silenced if ever I forget you, Zion!” The priests’ and […]

The Cleansing of the Temple ~ Cleanse us too, O Lord!

The Third Sunday of Lent March 4, 2018 Once again, I rely heavily on our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay for his insights for today’s reflections. First of all, he notes that John after the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he and his friends returned for a short visit […]

The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ February 18, 2018 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like to […]

The Jesus I know and love ~ And I want You to know him too!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 16, 2018 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 30:15-20). […]