Lent

Being Merciful to Ourselves

By | 2017-03-20T15:46:51+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

  Is Beating Ourselves Up Helpful? At times, we can be very hard and harsh on ourselves. This can be particularly true for those of us who truly want to follow Jesus and to grow in holiness. There can be a tendency to judge our mistakes very severely, and to “beat ourselves up” for any little [...]

CONFESSION: THE SACRAMENT OF MERCY

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:05+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

As a child growing up, my parents took my four siblings and I to Confession periodically—usually during Advent and Lent. Looking back, I see this as a positive thing. At the time however, I dreaded it! In fact, I remember one time getting physically ill (I literally threw up) at the thought of having to go [...]

Misery Meets Mercy

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:08+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

Something we are all probably very familiar with is our own misery. We could use many different words to describe this spiritual and internal reality: weakness, woundedness, internal poverty, helplessness, powerlessness, littleness, wretchedness, brokenness, inadequacy, neediness, insufficiency, inability, imperfection, limitations, destitution, fallenness, sinfulness, unworthiness, and the list could go on and on. Regardless of which word [...]

Union: the Heart of Fasting

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:12+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

Because fasting is an integral practice of Lent, and a weekly spiritual practice in our community, we wanted to share with you this meditation on Luke 5:33-39 as some “food for thought” and a potential aid to growing in union with Jesus through fasting this Lent and beyond. The Scribes and the Pharisees said to Jesus, [...]

The Crowning of Jesus with Thorns

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:12+00:00 March 18th, 2014|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

                A Meditation and Examination 1) As our Savior is cruelly crowned with thorns, He suffers intense physical pain. Already worn out by the scourging, He now receives excruciating wounds upon His Sacred Head. More painful still is all the internal, spiritual suffering He is called to endure. How [...]

Stories of Suffering (#3)

By | 2013-12-09T17:00:58+00:00 December 9th, 2012|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

“In those darkest hours, seeing my son laid in the ground, I was so thankful that he believed in the Lord and that his soul would go to heaven . . . that the angels lifted him from that wreck . . . and brought him home.” This is from a woman who lost her mother [...]

How Do You Bear Your Cross?

By | 2016-11-16T17:47:15+00:00 November 10th, 2012|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

We 
all 
have 
to
 suffer
 in
 this 
life, 
it
 is
 a
 fact. 
No 
one
 can 
get 
around
 it.
 Try
 as
 we 
may 
to
 prevent 
things,
 we
 will
 all
 have
 some 
physical,
 emotional
 or 
spiritual
 trials 
to
 be
 confronted 
throughout
 our
 life 
journey.
 The
 challenge
 that 
our
 Lord 
lays 
before
 us 
is
 “what 
will 
you
 do
 with
 that
 [...]

Stories of Suffering (#2)

By | 2013-12-09T16:55:47+00:00 October 9th, 2012|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

“After I lost three children . . . I went downhill. I lost my faith in God, I hated everyone, I became a drinker of alcohol.” This man has lost nearly every family member. His eldest daughter, Kathy, mentioned at the end of this article, was killed only a few years ago by a motorcyclist, one [...]