First Sunday of Lent

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 32 The Tools and Property of the Monastery
Mass: Dt 26:4-10; Resp Ps 92; Rm 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13

Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.


In today's Angelus Address, the Holy Father related the three temptations Jesus faced in the desert to 'three paths the world proposes, promising great success.

March 10, 2019 Read More

Ash Wednesday 2019

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 29 The Readmission of Any Who Leave the Monastery
Mass: Joel 2:12-18; Resp Ps 51; 2 Co 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Welcome to Ash Wednesday. 

First, with nostalgia, I recall the days of my youth when today's Gospel was proclaimed on Ash Wednesday. Those were the days when I played Mass in my room. I was the altar boy.  Jesus' words to His disciples made me stand up straighter. They continue to have the same effect

March 07, 2019 Read More

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

In other years: Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 28 Unlawful Association with the Excommunicated
Mass: Si 27:4-7; Resp Ps 92; 1 Co 15:54-58; Lk 6:39-45

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I am thinking of a boss I had nearly 30 years ago; a woman I still call the best boss I ever had. There was something that stood out among her many qualities. Although I would not have used the word humility then, I use it now. She had the humility and wisdom to surround herself with people who were strong where she was weak.

March 03, 2019 Read More

In Preparation for Lent

Chapter Talks

Next Sunday is Lent. This Sunday’s gospel could well be a good teaching to usher us into Lent.  It reveals Jesus’ remarkable understanding of the human heart and soul.  The gospel contains three periscopes and opens with: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit’ (Lk 6:39).  We may ponder Jesus’ question with: Who, then, is one who sees?  More specifically, who is one who truly sees his or her neighbor?  And Jesus gives us this reply using a metaphor: ‘Why do you notice the splinter in your brother or sister’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?’ (Lk 6:41).  How do we come to truly see another person?  The key in the parable says that we must first look inwardly at our own heart, at all those quick partial judgments that so quickly rule how we see and how we engage another person.

March 03, 2019 Read More

Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 19 Our Approach to Prayer
Mass: Si 1:1-10; Resp Ps 93; Mk 9:14-29

The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity; who can number these?
Happy Monday. It is raining cats and dogs in this neck of the woods. The rain is relentless. For comfort in whatever space and mood you find yourself in, the author of the Book of Sirach gives much beauty to ponder: All wisdom comes from the Lord and with him it remains forever, and is before all time … He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends. 

February 25, 2019 Read More
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