"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"
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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
"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."
"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."
"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"