Seasons

  • "Even as we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic and racism, let’s pause to be grateful today."

  • "No video conference or chat through a window quite allows us to truly show the affection we want to on this day."

  • ""Each day in reciting the words of consecration, I confirmed with all my heart and soul a new pact, an eternal pact between Jesus and me through his blood mixed with mine. Those were the most beautiful Masses of my life!""

  • "I was touched by his creativity, and amazed with his virtual – and yet truly concrete – participation in the Holy Week’s highlights during this confinement due to Covid-19."

  • "One way of measuring that is by looking to see if my relationship with God has made a difference in my life. Am I more compassionate than I used to be? Am I loving and forgiving?"

  • For the feast of Pentecost, the poet writes of the dancing at the Pentecostal Pary.

  • "He is teaching us to have a proper relationship to material goods. Ignatius says that we should strive to make use of things if they help us to get closer to God and get rid of things if they prove a hindrance in our journey to God."

  • "With all this isolation, quarantine, physical distancing, we are all experiencing some confinement and insulation.  At least, that is my feeling.  Whether at home or in the parish, I sense somehow that I am trapped." 

  • The empty tomb on Easter morning.

  • "Psalm 16 today reminds us, You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures for evermore."

  • "Let us add a prayer of thanksgiving this spring for farmers who collaborate with God to provide us with the nourishment we require to continue our journey through life."

  • "FOMO is the fear of not being included. It is fear that others are having a better time – whether experiencing the Risen Lord or attending a party."

  • The poet muses on what life can be like for us post- Resurrection.

  • "It’s important to let the Resurrection’s grace do what it did for the disciples heading to Emmaus: Let it set our hearts on fire! Even if just for this day, let’s name some signs of hope in our world and in our hearts."

  • "Churches that celebrate Holy Saturday traditionally do so by observing a day of somber reflection as they contemplate the world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Christ’s resurrection. "

  • "The Passion of Christ is being lived out by millions of people throughout the world. Let's keep them in mind as we contemplate the players in John's account of the Passion of Jesus Christ."

  • "Holy Thursday is a celebration of service, service to one another that sometimes takes humble forms."

  • "There are plenty of moments and experiences of suffering, death and transformation in our lives. Allow yourself to bring all of this to prayer this week. "

  • "Jesus’ lordship over death does not prevent him from showing sincere compassion over the pain of this separation. It is in this account that we get the famous line: Jesus wept"

  • "Jesus is speaking in the same way that St. Paul does about weakness and strength. It’s when I am weak that I am strong."

  • "God’s grace comes most powerfully to us when we know our need, our thirst. "

  • " . . many times we either take on too much or too little for Lent, and we often lose focus part way through. " What to do?

  • "He himself is to become the reconciler of nature with the supernatural. He himself, as both man and God, is their bridge. He is the knitting back together both Creation and Creator."

  • With the start of Lent, the poet reflects on the various possibilities that are present for us.

  • "On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated. In the capital city of Shushan, they took one more day to finish the job."

  • "The grace of those transformative moments has the potential to give us power when we most need it. They lift us out of self-pity or complacency."

  • "So let’s consider prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as the three tools in our greenhouse, and ask ourselves how we are using them today."

  • "His deeply personal encounter with the power of evil and the attraction of temptation culminated in a choice for God and a deeper sense of his vision."

  • "Lent is the time to ‘give up’ making excuses.   The time to stop saying ‘No I can’t do it!’"

  • "“We must live this life now. Death changes nothing. If we do not learn to enjoy God now we never will. If we do not learn to praise Him and rejoice in Him now, we never will.”"

  • "During the week before Lent, sometimes called Shrovetide in English, Christians were expected to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season of turning to God."

  • "Simeon refers to Jesus as the light to the Gentiles and it is traditionally on this day that beeswax candles are blessed for use at home."

  • "Our belief is that the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled in the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth."

  • "Baptism is a major life event. It opens us up to a changed way of engaging with the world, a way that is marked by life in Christ."

  • As we end the 2019 Christmas season, a modern Christmas song invites controversy.

  • T.S. Eliot's famous poem marks the Feast of the Epiphany.

  • "“We have seen the Christ …and like the wise ones of old we can no longer go home by the familiar route. A new way is ours today.”"

  • With lyrics by St. Jean de Brebeuf, SJ, The Huron Carol is Canada's oldest Christmas song.

  • And now for something completely different. Enjoy!

  • "Francis urged political leaders to accept that true peace and international security cannot be built in a climate of distrust."

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