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Thoughts for Lenten Observation

Prayer | Fasting | Almsgiving | Everyday Stewardship Can you recite the Ten Commandments by heart? Several years ago, a national US survey found more people could identify the ingredients in a Big Mac and name the children in the Brady Bunch television show than recite the Ten Commandments. Of course, being able to recite […]

Hope Springs Eternal

The hope of being transformed or transfigured into the image of God awaits all of God’s children. We walk through this life knowing that our eternal destiny is to be like God and live eternally in his presence. How does this truth about who we can become change the way we live today? Does it […]

Why do Catholics Call Priests “Father”?

Last year, I gave you several examples in this column of answers to the question of “Why do Catholics do that?” It was wildly popular, so I’ve decided to give you more! Actually, I don’t think any of you ever commented about it haha. Anyway, I’ve been doing the same Q & A with the […]

Christ Accompanies You

3rd Sunday Lent Amoris Laetitia Accompaniment Marriages, families Woman at well Accompaniment LOVE, compassion, understanding, challenge, guidance Irregular relationships Baal husbands Real husband / Messiah/ consecrated Encounter with Him who accompanies you Eucharist http://media.blubrry.com/assumptiondc/p/content.blubrry.com/assumptiondc/Homily_3rd_Sunday_Lent_2018.MP3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

“God Is So Devoted to You”

2nd Sunday Lent God has been so good to us Devotion / sacrifice / love Adoration eg Sacrifice / devotion Bringing something important to God for him to make holy Even though some (all) had to be destroyed Offered to God who is first Sacrifice means praise, worship, love Abraham / Isaac So devoted to God God […]

Lent: A Season of Faith

When I was first in parish work, I remember the parish priest talking with the schoolchildren about the topic of Lent and prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He asked them if any of them knew what fasting was. After a very long wait, one student raised his hand and said, “It is what I do when […]

Freedom from Fear

“He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified” – Mk 9:2-10 Have you ever had an experience with the Lord that terrified you? We normally don’t use the word “terrified” in our faith because it implies fear (the opposite of faith). Other Catholic translations of today’s Gospel referring to Peter, James, and John […]

Tempted from the Start

1st Sunday of Lent “Freedom is never given. It is won”. Always a battle for freedom in Christian life     Christ in battle “at once”     First voice in morning – “five more minutes”     Temptation right away for first man Repent     Fight always     Confidence in God     Life in Christ far better than what Satan […]

The Call to Action for Lent

Prayer | Fasting | Almsgiving Prayer: Throughout Scripture, Jesus goes to pray in deserted place. Lent is our “deserted place.” We draw near to God through Mass, confession, and spiritual practices like the Stations of the Cross, but we are also invited to spend time in prayer alone with the Father like Jesus did. Fasting: […]