Tag Archives: Lent

Was Blind, But Now I See

Based on the Gospel Reading for the 2nd Scrutiny. I remember this as clearly as the day I first saw light – my parents had taken me to a wise man in my village. I was so nervous. Even my parents were afraid. His voice was gruff. He did not even ask my name. He seemed distant. I could feel the coldness of his hands… and his heart. He touched my eyes and mumbled. His touch felt like dry wood. “It a punishment for sin,” he said. “But we are good people,” my parents protested. …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So to them Jesus addressed this parable: “A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them. After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to …

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When Frustrated with the Church, Lent Arrives

I met with a group of parishioners this past Monday to discuss Session 5 – The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality in our weekly Rediscovering Catholicism Series. “..64 million Catholics in America – I want to wake up this sleeping giant” says, Matthew Kelly.  After years of Catholics’ opining that Mass is boring, is it possible “to wake up this sleeping giant?”    In our discussion, we expressed our frustration and anger about the Church, the pastor, the parish, and yes, even the deacon. This frustration is seething – it feeds our boredom like a …

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The Way Human Beings Are Not Meant to Live

Living in the sight and smell of feces and urine, with raw sewage at their feet, limited water, not much electric, no heat or air-conditioning, and not enough food – this is not what the people on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship had signed up for. This was no way to live. They deserved better. It was unacceptable. Yet this is how they spent their Mardi Gras and began their Lent. In communication with loved ones by cell phones many gave accounts of the good service of the crew. They spoke about how they were …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

Second Sunday of Lent: February 24, 2013 Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

February 17, 2013: First Sunday of Lent Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of …

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Lent for Children

Lent may be the most challenging season of the Church year, but for some reason, it is also a time that people are most proud to authentically live their Catholic heritage.  What better time could there be to reengage our children in practices of the faith.  Here are just a few simple ideas on how to make this Lent a memorable season and positive impact on your family’s faith development.  1.       Give up different things each week.  It can be too disheartening at first for young children to go the whole season of lent without …

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Some Resources for Lent

Q&A for Lent USCCB’s questions and answers about Lent Lent: USCCB Suggestions & resources, including a daily calendar for reading, reflection, action and prayer. 25 Great Things to Do Busted Halo has 25 suggestions for a great Lent From Ashes to Glory A Lenten Prayer Experience based on the Examen Lent with Youth Resources from the NFCYM for celebrating Lent with Youth Last 7 Words A guide to praying with the Last Seven Words (flash) Pray the Steps Information about the Cincinnati tradition of praying the steps at Holy Cross Immaculata Stations of the Cross …

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Ask a Bishop!

Got Questions? Get Answers! Have you ever wondered what a bishop does all day? Are you curious about Archbishop Schnurr or Bishop Binzer’s thoughts on a particular subject? Now’s your chance to find out! Post a question in the comment box below at any time this Lent. Archbishop Schnurr or Bishop Binzer will answer one question, selected randomly, each week during Lent. Please limit questions to one per person. Your comment must include a real name (first name and last initial, at least) and e-mail address. Questions should demonstrate a sense of Christian charity, and …

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From Sin to Risk to Suffering to Resurrection!

We have been on quite a journey over these last six weeks, haven’t we? First we came to terms with our own mortality and sinfulness.  Remember you are dust.  Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.  We received a healthy dose of humility.  We pledged to be better.  And we worked to become so. Then, about a month later, we were invite to pray with the Feast of the Annunciation, the commemoration of Mary and her yes and where that got her and where that got us.  I think of the Annunciation …

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