Seasons

  • "At Jesus’ birth peace and glory were proclaimed as a future promise. In the week of Passion tide we celebrate their reality that only come through Jesus’ cross."

  • "Ignatius speaks of three times for making a good decision. The first time is “an occasion when God our Lord moves and attracts the will in such a way that a devout person, without doubting … carries out what was proposed"

  • "“Christ is alive and He wants you to be alive! He is in you, He is with you and He never abandons you. "

  • "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"

  • Th theme the poet chose for today's poetry Tuesday is RISEN.

  • "The ministry of consolation occurs when we release people from their fears, when we bring them peace, when we evangelize, when we help them to recognize Christ, and when we give them hope."

  • "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."

  • "You know immediately that you have walked onto sacred ground and that there is a sense of peace and the nearness of God. No one has to say anything. It’s okay to just sit in silence."

  • "Holy Thursday is a celebration of turning those ordinary forms of service, hospitality and availability into a way to imitate Christ. "

  • "Those attending the service learn from the program booklet they receive that Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning shadows or darkness.."

  • As we enter into this Holy Week, the poet looks at the Tuesday of this sacred time.

  • " Jesus example on Palm Sunday reminds us that the crowd is fickle. One day they wave banners in your honor, the next day they can reject us."

  • "There is a timeless character to the Paschal Mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. As we pray with it, we can't help but see parallels in our own life and in the life of the world."

  • "uust as Jesus rose to a new life after his death, so shall we.  This promise to us of a new life is why Easter is the best “Good News” in our life."

  • "This Lent, I find myself shifting from the question in that shepherd’s carol, “Do you hear what I hear?” to a more penitential question: “Can I really see what others can?""

  • "Please join me on this journey to Easter and the renewal of your inner self. Together, let us grow in love of Christ, who is everything to us"

  • "Hopefully our Lenten journey will be a time to choose more deeply and consistently our belovedness."

  • "The barren fig tree, the repentant son, and the forlorn woman are each a sign to encourage us in our Lenten pilgrimage.  Each stands as a beacon pointing the way to Jesus and through him to the Father."

  • "To watch a film in black and white, without 3-D glasses, and with no chest-thumping surround sound, is to slow down, breathe deeply, and immerse yourself in another sense of time. Cinematic Lent."

  • " Lent for me is not a time for mourning over sins, but trying to realize more fully that they are forgiven, and that forgiveness motivates me to do better"

  • "However, the most significant use of forty in this particular situation is the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he embarked on his public ministry."

  • "There are so many people and even whole countries that are experience desperate poverty with children and other vulnerable people by the thousands even millions dying each day. It is shamefully little for me to experience a bit of hunger from time to time. "

  • "The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming describes a spiritual journey taken by Nouwen that began when he viewed a reproduction and then spent a long time contemplating the original of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son."

  • "before the triumph of new life at Easter, we learn a great lesson on the first day of Lent from the ceremony of Ash Wednesday ie) we will all die, but then we will all live a new life. "

  • "As I look back on significant points in my life, I usually associate them with sacred ground, whether figurative or literal. Those places become icons for the important moments in my life. I cannot always go back to them, but they are always with me."

  • "How do we build up treasure in our hearts? We recognize our sins and turn away from them. We put on the mind of Jesus. We cling to the divine life Jesus gave us at our baptism. We put our faith in Jesus’ promise of resurrection and strive to be sinless."

  • "Each of us can readily admit, we have been tempted, making less of ourselves. So, to what is the Good Spirit calling me/us, to make right again, to restore order with what has become disordered, and to give genuinely more by having less, so that others, in some cases, may simply have?"

  • "Peak experiences don't have to be profound moments of prayer. They don't even have to be confined to religious experiences. It's just a felt sense that all is right with my world and that God hasn't abandoned me."

  • "There are always negative habits to be given up during Lent, but so much to be gained as I walk through life with Jesus and my companions, enjoying life with both!"

  • "It now makes much sense to me how all of us, disciples of Jesus, trying to live the light/life we received at baptism,  have a direct effect on those around us through our striving to be sinless."

  • "Our attempt to build more virtue, or fight against vice, may then meet with success or failure.  We can however be rest assured, that Christ will have the final say over our lives, and in the end, everything will work out for the good for those who continue to love him (Romans 8:28). "

  • "Lent is a period of preparation, a type of spiritual retreat that evokes the experience of the desert. Perhaps the grace we can pray for in this week of our Lenten journey is the grace of listening with ears of discernment, of being attentive to how we need to grow and experience further initiation

  • "One could say that these stresses or worries or even temptations are my personal Devil taunting me down a certain path just as the Devil did with Christ during His time in the desert. This time allows for reassessing and bringing things into focus."

  • "To eat is to live off the sacrifice of other life. This is most obvious when it comes to meat and its inevitable slaughter of animals.  However, even vegans thrive on the cutting short of vegetal life.  Food is the most precious, unconditional giving of one being to another."

  • "When you truly give up giving up, other people’s indifference and resignation to perennial problems cease to hold water in your personal case. Truly to give up giving up is to stick your neck out in a very uncomfortable manner"

  • "Like many good Christian practices, the roots of this day are of non-Christian origin. It was accepted into the beliefs of the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. But it still took a while to get to the holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance that we acknowledge."

  • Tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent 2019 and in many parishes the day will begin with the ceremony of the ashes.

  • In two days, we mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Today the poet looks ahead to what is to come.

  • "The Book of Sirach is part of the wisdom material in the Old Testament. The few wisdom sayings here speak for themselves and each can teach us something. They need to be balanced by taking a look at people’s actions, not just their words"

  • "There is a longing for peace in the human heart, a peace, as St. Augustine discovered, which can only ultimately be satisfied by the Creator."

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