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First Sunday of Lent

Chapter Talk – First Sunday of Lent – February 26, 2023, cycle-A  “Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn” (Joel 2:13).  What is the prophet Joel saying?  Clearly it is a poetic metaphor: God does not desire to hurt us…this is about enlarging the heart…converting the heart, making the heart as wide and […]

Chapter Talk – First Sunday of Lent – February 21, 2021, cycle-B “At all times the lifestyle of a monk ought to have a Lenten quality” (Benedict’s Rule, A Translation and Commentary, RB 49:1, Terrance Kardong, p.402).  Now this sounds heavy, does it not?  However, if we reflect more on chapter 49 of the Rule, […]

Father Peter McCarthy, OCSO, Abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey is visiting us for a few days from Oregon.  Today at Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, he used a poem from Denise Levertov to from his homily on the temptations of Christ and our temptations. On the Mystery of the Incarnation It’s […]

Pope Francis has asked that in this Jubilee Year “the season of Lent…be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Lenten Message of Pope Francis, 2016).  This statement of the Pope caused me to ask:  What is the context for experiencing God’s mercy?  What demeanor or interior attitude do […]

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