Tag: Lent

Come Sit With Me

This Lent, I have taken stock of my spiritual life and found it wanting. On the outside, it has looked robust. Daily Rosary, daily Mass a few times a week, Catechism in a Year podcast, spiritual fellowship groups. But inside, I have felt uninspired...

Becoming Wells of Grace

In the Gospel of John, perhaps more than anywhere else in the Bible, every single word is laden with symbolism and chosen carefully to evoke other significant, grace-filled events. The mention of a well tells those familiar with Holy Scripture that...

Leaving Behind What We’ve Known

Some years ago a group of rabbis were meeting to study and discuss the Talmud, the Jewish book of commentaries on Scripture and the Law of Moses. One of them suggested they take a break, and offered to pay for refreshments—if someone else would go...

The Grace of Lent

Lent, which is the 40 day period of spiritual preparation for the solemnity of Easter, is an excellent time of grace. As Pope Francis told us in his Message for this year’s Lent of 2023, while our ordinary commitments compel us to remain in our...

If You Are the Son of God

At least once a year, we need to overhaul our relationship with Christ Jesus and make sure that we return to the right path to heaven if we had strayed and had become unheedful of the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. This spiritual overhaul is...

The Holy Season of Lent

We are approaching the holy season of Lent, a period of intensified prayer and penance preparing us for the celebration of Easter. Prayer and penance are essential weapons we must use in our battle against Satan, our fallen human nature and the...

Into the Desert

The obvious question must be: “Why would Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, be led by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil in the desert for forty days?” The answer must be that Jesus is our Leader on the way to endless life in the Father’s...

The “Total Christ”

Some of the words we encounter in the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent are laden with ominous, scary sentiments as they expose raw emotions from the depths of the heart. In the days when he was in the flesh, Jesus offered prayers and...