Our Daily Crosses - Large and Small

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Pope Francis was drawn to this epitaph of Saint Ignatius: “‘Not to be confined to what is greater, but to be concerned with what is smaller: this is divine’” (The Mind of Pope Francis, p.10). Pope Francis commented on this epitaph: “’We could translate it this way: without turning away from that which is higher, we must bend down to pick up what is apparently small in the service of God; or while remaining attentive to what is farther away, we must worry about what is closer’” (p.10). What is this saying to us? There is a tension in this epitaph between the ‘greater’ and the ‘smaller’. Held in the tension of these two opposites is potential life…the larger goal we are to keep our heart’s eye upon, while doing the daily work of the ‘small’, which as St. Ignatius says, is divine.


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Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 48:22-25The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord: Is 52:13:53:12; Resp Ps 31; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1-19:42 One - For All  Joyce BellLook upon Christ crucified:


March 30, 2018 Read More

Wednesday of Holy Week

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 48:1-9 Daily Manual LaborMass: Is 50:4-9a; Resp Ps 69; Mt 26:14-25
‘AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, ONE OF YOU WILL BETRAY ME.’ Michelangelo, Sistine ChapelWhat comes to mind today are St Paul’s words: ‘What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate’ (Rm 7:15). Darkness gets a
March 28, 2018 Read More

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 39 The Amount of Food to be AvailableMass: Jr 31:31-34; Resp Ps 51; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33For Year A: Ezk 37:12-14; Resp Ps 130; Rm 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45

Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord;and where I am, there also will my servant be.(Verse before the Gospel, Mass)
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March 18, 2018 Read More

Monday, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 23Mass: Romans 8:12-17; Resp. Psalm 68; Luke 13:10-17
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I hope I never forget a v
October 30, 2017 Read More
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