The next three days compose the shortest season of the Church's calendar where we celebrate the Last Supper and the creation of the Eucharist. At that Last Supper the Apostle John notes that Jesus gave a very long discourse, in fact so long the gospel readings for the entire Easter season will consist of the … Continue reading Triduum Reflections Holy Thursday: Prepwork
Yesterday we talked about how Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are ordinary days in terms of what goes on with the Church in Holy Week that Jesus' acts during those days were significant, but there is another aspect of this that's worth mentioning as Lent nears its end. The fact that these last days of lent … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Tuesday of Lent: Ordinary
The 1st three days of Holy Week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are in a way the plain sisters of the week. Daily mass is celebrated the Gospel is read but it's pretty much the calm before the storm of that breaks beginning Thursday. But it's worth noting that while the Church generally doesn't do anything … Continue reading Lenten Reflections Sixth Monday in Lent: Building up
Yesterday we noted that one of the lies of the Devil is that one is too far gone to repent but noted that while rejecting that lie that we don't fall for the trap that comes with it, namely thinking we have forever to return to God. We don't. We have our lifetime to come … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Friday in Lent: …but only just
One of the greatest things about the love of God is the time it gives you. Now I'm not referring to the time of silent prayer, or the times of reflection or even the time before the blessed sacrament that we talked about yesterday. I'm talking about the fact that we are given our entire … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Thursday in Lent: There’s Still Time
There is an old story that Shemp Howard used to tell about Catholic Mass. He was attending mass for the 1st time (Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp were all Jewish) for the funeral of a friend and when Mass was over he commented that all the standing, sitting and kneeling was too much exercise for … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 6th Wednesday in Lent: Be Still
We talked a bit about some of the false memes concerning the church that are advanced by those who oppose it, The other side of that coin are things done in the name of the church that get ignored. Two examples: In Worcester MA there is a place called Visitation House that takes in homeless … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Monday in Lent: Hidden Treasures
Yesterday I attended the 19th annual Catholic Men's conference in Worcester for WQPH 89.3 Radio. It is an event I attend regularly for the station but all week leading up to it my heart wasn't in it. it had been a long week at work. The event meant getting up very early and a bit … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Sunday of Lent: The Payoff
One of the hardest things about Christianity, at least to me can be the highs and the lows. The highs when you see the works of God all around you and are inspired to do his will and the lows when it appears all trace of God has disappeared from the world around you and … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Saturday of Lent Highs an Lows
Yesterday we talked about the myth or relativism and today I want to talk about a phrase that is my Pastor's favorite. Seeing yourself in the Light of Truth. One of the things about truth is that it's not relative. (It's no coincidence that God's name is I AM) and one of the great facts … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Friday of Lent: The Light of Truth.
Over at Robert Stacy McCain's site in a piece about as he puts it "the cult of self esteem" links to a talk where a student questions a lectioner asking why we need a book to tell us what to do. Do you think without it we will all start raping and killing each other. … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Thursday of Lent. Locks and Passwords.
One of the hardest things about doing the Lenten Reflections series is that it's not a "planned" series in that I had a set of ideas ready to roll. So yesterday around noon after writing two pieces about the Joe Biden (that will run later today and tomorrow) went downstairs commenting to DaWife that I … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 5th Wednesday of Lent: Yet!
Over the last few days we've talked about the mercy and forgiveness of Christ and how on occasionally faithful Christians will object to this ease of the forgiveness offered by the church. But it's not just the "just" who will object, it is very common for those who have most need of confession to doubt … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Saturday Easy Street
I mentioned yesterday that one of the most commented parts of the story of the prodigal son in Luke was the father dealing with the brother who admonishes him He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Friday of Lent: The Trap of Facts
Yesterday we talked about how no amount of sin can break God's love for us or his willingness to forgive us. Today I'd like to point a parable in scripture to illustrate our part in making this happen. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) When I've seen this story preached the two moments that tend to … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 4th Thursday of Lent. Our Job in four words