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Catholic Way of Life: Lively Faith
As I was pulling up weeds, doing a little pruning and planting pots of annuals, I thought about all of the spiritual lessons I have learned over the years in the garden. Weeds have taught me a lot.
“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.”
This Sunday is Pentecost, the great celebration of the Church when we “remember” the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 50 days after Easter as they were huddled in the Upper Room. I think a close look at the prayers for Mass makes clear that we are “remembering” in the Biblical sense of the word.
“Man plans . . . And God Laughs” . . . or so the saying goes. Perhaps in these times, we should say, “Man plans and COVID19 laughs.
This Sunday’s second reading from the first letter of Peter reminds us to “conduct ourselves with reverence during the time of sojourning. . . realizing that you have been ransomed . . . with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1: 17-19)
He is Risen! He is Truly Risen! Alleluia! In the Resurrection, Jesus truly conquered death and sin. Death could not hold him.
A Prayer to Begin Holy Week
“Lord Jesus, as we enter into Holy Week once again, I come before you to renew my love and gratitude, and to ask you to open my heart to all the special graces that this week contains. . . .
Online learning opportunities are exploding! I would like to share the top three things I am trying to focus on between now and Easter.
Into a time that has been named by one author* the Age of Noise, Mother Theresa spoke these words, “In the silence of the heart, God speaks.”
“Sir, give me this water so that I may not be thirsty”
~The Samaritan woman to Jesus at Jacob’s Well
“O how I desire that souls be healed, freed of so much pain and suffering! I am able to consume all sin. It all disappears in the immense ocean of my mercy. “
As we enter both into Lent and into these last weeks of winter, there can be a weariness in our spirits. We long for the signs of new life that come with the Spring and we long for the celebration of the Resurrection at Easter.
Every Sunday Tommy’s family drove to a funny looking building, with a lowercase “t” on the roof. Tommy knew it was a “t” because Tommy had just finished first grade and he knew how to write and read all the letters
Catholic stewards make intentional decisions about how to spend their time, their resources; in short, they are intentional about how to live life.
A friend once shared with me that growing up her mom used to say to her, “Say three Hail Mary’s before noon on Tuesday and something good will happen to you by Friday.”
When we move from Christmas or Easter back into Ordinary Time, the return of green vestments and green adornments on the altar always calls to mind the song my youngest son learned at Catechesis of the Good Shepherd about the liturgical calendar. In it, the kids sang, “green is for the growing time.”
“Rescue. Set free. Liberate. Deliver. Save.
These are the words Scripture uses to describe why God became a man in Jesus.
The broad strokes of what happens at Mass can be traced in two basic movements . . the Father gives Himself through the Son in the Holy Spirit. . . He does so in order that the Church may do something with this gift; namely, offer it as its own back to the Father.
Not surprisingly, science confirms what we know as Christians to be true: gratitude is a virtue, a good habit, that if cultivated over time, makes us happier, healthier and, we might add, holier.
The daily life we live, apparently so ordinary, can be a path to sanctity
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