Seasons

  • " I like a principle stated by Saint Ignatius of Loyola: "The other things on the face of the earth are created for the human beings, to help them in the pursuit of the end for which they are created [the praise, reverence and service of God]. … We ought to use things to the extent they help us tow

  • "Jesus’ words and actions often reveal a sort of practical wisdom. That comes across today in his reminder about the need for planning and preparation. He offers two illustrations."

  • ""Our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, Most Gracious Advocate thine eyes of Mercy towards us and after this our exile, show unto us the fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus.”"

  • "Laudato Si is an amazing document. There are few significant topics in life that he doesn't cover. It even speaks of architecture and urban life. He has a wonderfully broad notion of integral ecology."

  • "The Book of Sirach cautions us to perform our tasks with humility. As is his habit, Jesus uses a parable to drive home the point: Whoever exalts self will be humbled, and whoever humbles self will be exalted."

  • "The value of discipline is highlighted in today’s selection from the Letter to the Hebrews. “Endure trials for the sake of discipline.” "

  • "The image of fire is a reference to the purifying actions of Jesus, whereby he is helping his followers to distinguish between dross and the real thing. He refers to division, basically stating that he will be resolute in the face of opposition, setting his sights for Jerusalem and what awaits him.

  • "Today’s Gospel from Luke includes the reminder to seek an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” "

  • "We know that anything has the potential to become an idol, even something seemingly good and appropriate. Personal fitness or being attractive are examples. Even spiritual activities such as retreats and significant experiences can be the object of greed"

  • "What if we could put our heart and mind into our daily chores? What would it mean to cook and clean and garden with love? Can I bring out the garbage or wash the dishes with love?"

  • "People who witness a crime or dangerous situation and jump in to rescue someone in danger are generally referred to as Good Samaritans. How often have you read of someone who rushes into a burning house or a fast-moving river, hoping to rescue someone in need?"

  • Sorrow t urns to joy as the poet reflects on that first Easter morning.

  • On this second day of igNation's poetry week, the poe t takes us back to the start of the Easter Triduum.

  • "There are many advantages to walking in relaxation, lightness and peace through our days and upon the earth. But that is not easy. How do we get to that place of peace and freedom?"

  • “Eternal God, whose reign extends from sea to sea, and whose care endures throughout the ages, hear our prayers for our country: grant wisdom to those who govern it and respect for human life and dignity to every citizen, so that justice may flourish and all peoples live in unity and in peace.”

  • "The great novelist Henry James said of summer, "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.""

  • "As we celebrate Father's Day, let's be grateful for all of our fathers and for those who've filled in for them."

  • "St. Thomas Aquinas writes of this as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending a parent. "

  • "Let me offer three ways in which we can live our lives as if we share in the inner life of God here on earth."

  • "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."

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