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We Are Filled with Joy!

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent. Like last week, our Responsorial Psalm gives us a phrase that we can hold with us throughout the week.

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. 

– from Psalm 126

Nothing can fill my heart with joy like poppies can!!

Nothing can fill my heart with joy like poppies can!!

Taste and See

Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent. What better words can we keep with us this week than those from our Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 34:

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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Spirit is with Us

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent

I love the story of the woman at the well in the Gospel of John – there is so much to reflect on – so many nuggets of wisdom. These words of Jesus offer such promise, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship God in Spirit and truth; and indeed God seeks people to worship in this way. God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in Spirit and truth.”

Even during Lent – even in our darker days – the Spirit is with us.

Is the rain coming my way?

Is the rain coming my way?

A Lenten Mantra

Today is the Second Sunday of Lent.

In today’s Psalm, we respond with the words, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” What better words to repeat?! What better mantra can we find than to remind ourselves of this truth?

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Listen

Listen

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Today is the First Sunday of Lent

In today’s reading from Romans 10:8-13, Paul writes “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

We so often look and listen around us for God’s voice – for direction – for wisdom. Could it be that what we need is a little less noise – a little less searching – and a lot more quiet listening to the Spirit who dwells within. How much more intimate can God be than in our mouth and in our hearts?

Listen.

Have Hope in the Possible

Demonstrating hope in the possible

Demonstrating hope in the possible

Jesus did not have a pessimistic view of the world. He did not propose asceticism or withdrawal, or demand an “ethic of absolutes” impossible to practice in real life. Rather, he described behavior governed by the love of God and demonstrated its possibility in the world.

– Andre Trocme, Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution

Hope Requires Trust in Providence

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

Providence is the faith that nothing can prevent us from fulfilling the ultimate meaning of our existence. Providence does not mean a divine planning by which everything is predetermined, as is an efficient machine. Rather, Providence means that there is a creative and saving possibility implied in every situation, which cannot be destroyed by any event.

– Paul Tillich