In Preparation for Lent

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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 Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:49-50Mass: 2 P 1:2-7; Resp Ps 91; Mk 12:1-12

I am struck by two passages today. The first comes from the second Letter of St Peter and is fairly straightforward: Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endur
June 04, 2018 Read More

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Lectio Divina
Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo (1538-1606)
Readings of the day: RB 43:13-19Mass: Jr 20:10-13; Resp Ps 18; Jn 10:31-42 Prophet Jeremiah, MichelangeloThe Lord is with me like a mighty champion.(Jr 20:11)
In the New American Bible, today’s first reading is in a section entitled: ‘Jeremiah’s Interior Crisis.’ On the prophet’
March 23, 2018 Read More

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 37 Care for the Elderly and the YoungMass: Ws 2:1a, 12-22; Resp Ps 34; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

The wicked said among themselvesLet us beset the just onehe is obnoxioushe is the censure of our thoughtsto see him is a hardshiphis
March 16, 2018 Read More

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Lectio Divina

Readings of the day: RB 36 The Care of the Sick in the MonasteryMass: Ex 32:7-14; Resp Ps 106; Jn 5:31-47
This is how you will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one another.(Jn 13:35)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,
March 15, 2018 Read More
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