Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard for things to get through to us, isn’t it?  Father John posted a quote from Mark Twain earlier this week that said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  It’s true; it’s always been that way, apparently.  One of my friends in seminary… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Water is so important to us, and we see a lot of water in these readings.  Water refreshes us, sustains us, cleans us.  And when the readings talk so much about water, what we are being led to is a reflection on baptism.  We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today’s readings Fear keeps us from doing all sorts of things the Lord wants for us.  If we would truly let go of our fear and cling to our God, just imagine what he could do in us and through us.  Ahaz was King of Israel, a mighty commander, but yet was so afraid of… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Annunciation

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings This week, the Scriptures have been warning us not to avoid the truth.  Today is no exception.  Today we see that the way we tend to avoid truth is often through obfuscation, trying to confuse the facts.  It’s a case of “the best defense is a good offense,” where we attack the truth… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings The book of Daniel the Prophet is one of my favorite books of Scripture. If you haven’t read that book, that would be a great one to take in during Lent. It won’t take terribly long, but be sure you read it from a Catholic edition of the Bible because other editions won’t… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Today’s readings On today’s feast, we celebrate the faithfulness of Saint Joseph. When he became betrothed to Mary, he got more than he could ever have bargained for. It certainly would have been easy to divorce her quietly when the news of her pregnancy became known, and it certainly would have been difficult to continue… Continue reading Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s two readings remind us of what Lent is all about.  During Lent, we remember that our Lord, who came down from heaven to earth to save us from our sins and re-connect us with the love of God, paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own life.  And… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Saint Patrick, Bishop

Today’s readings Lent is a time of conversion and renewal of faith.  Saint Patrick’s life was one of conversion.  He wrote about that in his famous Confession, which was a work that talked all about his life of faith.  Listen to what he said at the beginning of it: “And there the Lord opened my… Continue reading Saint Patrick, Bishop

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Sleep is a wonderful thing for living beings.  It renews and refreshes us, and enables to take on the day ahead.  For those who are sick, sleep helps the healing process.  Very often my chiropractor will ask me if I’m getting enough sleep (which is usually “no”).  In the spiritual life, God often… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings It would be so much easier if we could define our own righteousness. If we could choose who to reach out to and who to ignore, life would be good, wouldn’t it? If we could hold grudges against some people and only have to forgive some people, we would easily consider ourselves justified.… Continue reading Friday of the First Week of Lent

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