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  • FOR ALL WHO SUFFER

    Good Friday represents the groaning of the planet in agony. It is suffering writ large, manifested most vividly in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Before we can joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of Easter, we must relive with Jesus......

  • Holy Thursday: Washing Feet

    There’s such a sense of anticipation on Holy Thursday, I find. It is the start of the Triduum, the three days that form a single celebration marking the end of Lent: from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy......

  • Annunciation of the Lord

    This beautiful painting of the Annunciation of Our Lord is provocative. It presents a very realistic depiction of Mary, the mother of God. A young girl wakes and thinks about the day ahead of her: chores, family activities and the......

  • ST. JOSEPH: THE HIDDEN LIFE

    Today we remember St. Joseph, in the year that Pope Francis has named “The Year of St. Joseph.” Today, also, we begin a Year of the Family! When the Church honors a saint or honors families, it is one thing.......

  • ST. PATRICK: A SAINT FOR A DANGEROUS WORLD

    St. Patrick is one of those characters embraced by a secular world that has little interest and less knowledge about who he is and what he represents. There is much more to this spiritual hero whose death we celebrate on......

  • “STRESSED”: A PRAYER FOR LIVING THROUGH A PANDEMIC

    One year ago today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a roller coaster ride since then, and it’s not quite over. There are many signs of hope, from the roll-out of various vaccines and......

  • How’s Your Lenten Journey So Far?

    This is a good time to take stock of how Lent is going for me. We’re at around the halfway point. Even if I haven’t stayed completely on track so far, there’s still some road ahead of me to focus......

  • Covid-Lent (PartII)

    Perhaps you remember old Aesop’s fable about the boy and the nettle. If not, here goes: one day a lad comes running home with eyes full of tears and a hand full of invisible pins and needles. “Mommy,” he sobs,......

  • THE LIBERATING PARADOX OF ASH WEDNESDAY

    Christianity is a religion of paradoxes and we have a perfect indication of that in the liturgy of Ash Wednesday. On this day, we boldly proclaim the gospel instructing us on the nature of prayer, fasting, and giving. Straight from......

  • Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick

    On World Day of the Sick last year, it was still business and life as usual. Remember that innocent time, before terms like “coronavirus,” “PPE” and “physical distancing” entered our daily vocabulary? We didn’t think twice about being in a......

  • God’s Creation Continues

    Below is a short reflection based on today’s reading from Genesis God saw how good it was. Genesis 1:10 As I pray with the creation story, I am reminded that all of creation is an expression of God’s goodness and......

  • Sunday of the Word of God

    “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). With this quote from Luke, Pope Francis starts his appeal to the Catholic world to use this Sunday (Jan. 24) to reflect on the importance of the Bible in our......