Invitation to "Return"

We can often overlook a meaning for Lent that is an invitation — an invitation to “return,” to be reconciled with God, with each other and with ourselves. Lent calls us to return to our hearts, to see what’s there, and act from what we see. Lent is a season of the heart. The scriptures, both the Hebrew Prophets and the New Testament texts, are our guides for the journey of Lent. They make a powerful point, and one that our culture often for- gets. It is the heart that matters. What is in our heart deeply influences our vision, our hearing, our behavior. Through the symbol of ashes we received, we are asked to remember that we are of the earth, created by another, and will not walk the earth

Lenten Season

Lent began for us on Ash Wednesday when we were reminded that God calls us to take stock of our lives and see if we are faithful to our Baptismal commitment. Some- times in past Lents, we may have promised to GIVE UP something, i.e. to sacrifice a little. (a favorite TV show, going out to eat, a hobby we like, etc.). My question to you is WHY? Do we then have more time to devote to doing something good for others, to do inspirational reading , or to open our Bible to seek God’s guidance? I can’t claim to have had any mystical experiences during Lent, but I have found that fasting from something has helped me focus on God. It has also helped me look ahead to Good Friday and Easter, thus appr

Be your BEST self

Many of you have heard of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, author of many inspirational books, and promoter of peace between all peoples. He once wrote: “To be a saint is to be the best version of yourself, to choose to use your God-given talents to do the things that only YOU can do.” What a wonderfully encouraging thought, and one that can urge each of us to strive for that distinction, I believe. I can recall my own parents urging me and my siblings to be our BEST selves as often as we can. And I am surmising that many of you also heard that message in your formative years. Maybe our parents, too, were encouraged by ideas similar to Merton’s. God does not demand

Preach the Gospel

In The Joy of the Gospel document of Pope Francis, he explains that those who have faith in Christ will offer themselves to the service of others, and will participate in a faith community, and seek to reconcile others. The Pope states” “True faith in the “incarnate” (God’s Son took on human flesh. We refer to Jesus’ birth as the Incarnation) Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community or from service.” We see a model of that life to others in Paul’s account to the people of Corinth in the 2nd reading today. He tells the followers there that he has an obligation to preach the Gospel as a disciple of Christ. He portrays his life as one of service to the Gospel

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