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Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten observance with the reception of ashes.  In this photo above, Fr Simeon, from St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts, distributes ashes to the sisters.


Fr. Simeon reminded us in today's homily that Lent is about new birth. It mirrors the natural environment and our experience of Spring. Like the plants and trees around us, we hope to shed winter's vestiges and become alive with new growth so that we may resurrect with Christ on Easter. 

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Ash Wednesday 2019

Lectio Divina

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
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ASH WEDNESDAY

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 12 The Celebration of Solemn LaudsMass: Joel 2:12-18; Resp. Ps 51; 1 Co 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

 
If the soul is always joyful, it is a good day.(Pope Francis, General Audience, Feb. 14, 2018)
St Benedict outlines ‘The Observance of Lent’ in Ch. 49 of the Holy Rule. One of my favorite li
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