Seasons

  • "Fall includes the possibility of new beginnings, the chance to start over. But this season has often been associated with melancholia. The endless opportunities of summer are gone and winter is on the horizon."

  • Jesus the Healer is the subject of today's blog and of so much more.

  • "What are the gifts that fathers need today? It’s definitely a more challenging world than I experienced as a child. But fatherhood is strong enough to survive and discover creative ways of offering life."

  • The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Some Easter time light in the time of covid!

  • "The 'real' Presence has been always central to my Faith.  Perhaps it is no wonder that in  my elder years I have come to associate my First Communion experience with the celebration of its institution on the Holy Thursday during the Easter Triduum."

  • "For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the valleys and mountains of our lives take on deeper meaning."

  • "Peter’s weaknesses and failings were obliterated in the fire of God’s love. If he felt the shame of his betrayal of Jesus, it was washed away with mercy and forgiveness."

  • Thoughts about the late Australian autumn. "Thankfully, as I am growing older, I am learning, finally, that the seasons of our lives, so similar to those of nature, do not always follow in the same order.  "

  • "There seems to be a luscious harmony in this season that is preparing us for the oncoming celebration of the great feast of Pentecost."

  • "Pope Francis has famously stated that priests and bishops and others involved in pastoral ministry should have the smell of the sheep. In other words, that we should live and act as though we have been engaged with the stuff of life, that we are not immune to the mess of our world. The immunity can

  • "The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring!’"

  • "The Resurrection is effective, in that it makes a difference in someone’s life. Has it made a difference in your life? Where do you see the Lord? " 

  • "I’ve been struck by how often recent popes have spoken about being not afraid or anxious. We also know that the Gospels include many words from Jesus about being set free from anxiety, fears and worries."

  • Thoughts on an Easter morning inspired by Ecclesiastes.

  • Inspired by the writing in Eclsiatis, the poet has a different take on Easter

  • "The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with the sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil … when the time comes for paschal joys, the abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days.”

  • "We are invited today to a simple and sincere presence to Christ on the cross."

  • " Let's take time at this evening's Mass of the Lord's Supper to consider the humility of Jesus and the example he is setting us. "

  • Today a preview of that last supper marking the triduum that is to come.

  • Scott Lewis, SJ, who teaches New Testament at Regis College in Toronto, recently presented the webinar series New Interpretations of the Holy Week Stories.

  • "The experience depends on what has happened to me and to the world around me since we last entered into these mysteries."

  • Scott Lewis, SJ, who teaches New Testament at Regis College in Toronto, recently presented the webinar series New Interpretations of the Holy Week Stories.

  • "Let us Dream is intensely personal and challenging. It is perfect Lenten reading as it invites us to look inward at ourselves, and outward to the world in which we live."

  • "The people in Honduras, the children in Nepal and the thousands of people that you generously support have names and faces and personal histories of joys and sorrows. They work with courage for the good of their communities, even in the midst of their own suffering."

  • "“We have an obligation to ensure that every person lives with dignity and has sufficient opportunities for his or her integral development.”"

  • Scott Lewis, SJ, who teaches New Testament at Regis College in Toronto, recently presented the webinar series New Interpretations of the Holy Week Stories. He examined the Holy Week texts in light of recent theological trends and questions. During the first webinar “How Not to Read the Bible&#

  • "Our communal worship allows us to articulate the fear, grief, disbelief and anger that we experience."

  • "Jesus is on that path with us, just as he was on the path with the two disciples. Hopefully, at the end of our path, our Lenten journey, we will realize that that Jesus has been with us all along."

  • "Jesus was fully human and fully divine. His human nature was manifest in a range of emotions, including anger at what bothered him. The scene we have today is not the only occasion on which he showed anger."

  • "I take the hand of Peter as my traveling companion on this Lenten journey. He literally and figuratively walked the road that Jesus did."

  • "Lent becomes the key opportunity to become more deeply aware of the love of God and the needs to share, to save the planet, to understand suffering, to reach out to the outcast."

  • "Jesus encourages us to fast but to do so as a prayer not as a way to impress others as to how “holy” we are. "

  • "This is essential reading for anyone who has ever felt different or other, or for parents who have struggled with raising a child who has fallen far from the family tree."

  • What is the message brought to us today by the woman at the well?

  • "When we find ourselves confronted with our own weaknesses, we need to remember that God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love."

  • "For as long as I can remember, I have associated the appearance of the sliver of the new moon with God’s faithfulness. "

  • The ashes from the fire of the burning cross take us back to where we left.

  • ". . . realize that Lent is the time to live our lives more fully, for life is a gift from God that we should embrace to the fullest.

  • "Given that we will eventually die, it becomes important to ask how we will live."

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