Tag Archives: Keeping Faith Today

Happy Mardi Gras!

5 Mar

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. In years past people didn’t eat meat for all of Lent, so this was their last chance to fry pancakes in bacon fat. We have gone beyond that small feast to all-out parties and carnivals.

Margaret Murray, CSJ, from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Los Angeles province, gives us thoughts on feasting and fasting to take into Lent. May they be a blessing to you.


 

This Lent we read from Luke’s Gospel with his stories of forgiveness, compassion, and second chances. Sister Joan’s new book is ideal for faith-sharing groups, Bible study, RCIA, homilists, and anyone who wants to understand scripture better. Only $10!

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Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

1 Mar

Ash Wednesday is next week, March 6. We have prepared an Ash Wednesday prayer service for those of you who cannot make it to church or who would like to celebrate with the homebound or those in nursing homes.

If you have a little bit of palm from last Palm Sunday, burn it to make the ashes. Or write down a way you wish to grow during Lent and then burn that paper to create ashes.

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Ash Wednesday is a week away.

26 Feb

During the 40 days of Lent, you can create a resurrection cross. Simply download and print the cross on this page. It comes with 40-plus activity suggestions that will ready you for the great feast of Easter.

The cross is an ideal family project. Forward this post to your friends with our blessing. May this Lent be a time of grace to you.

Click here for other Lenten activities and resources.

Gospel Reflection for March 3, 2019, 8th Sunday Ordinary Time

25 Feb

Scripture Readings: Sirach 24.4-7; 1 Corinthians 15.54-58; Luke 6.39-45

“A good person brings for goodness from the good in his or her heart. The mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart.” – Luke 6.45

Sunday’s gospel offers a collection of wise sayings. The blind can’t lead the blind. Students are not greater than their teachers. A tree is known by its fruit. Don’t try to take the splinter from your neighbor’s eye when you don’t see the plank in your own. The Greek word for plank refers to a board used for a rafter or a wall stud. The difference between a splinter and a plank is not only between tiny and immense but also between a single splinter and a fault that can threaten a whole building. From a practical point of view, criticizing others invites their scrutiny in return.

These sayings and many more that Luke includes in Jesus’ sermon on the plain provide concrete, everyday wisdom. Out cultural proverbs today tend to express values such as consumerism, individualism, or competition, for example, “Take care of yourself; no one else will.” They stand in tension with Christian values, such as sharing goods, solidarity among the members of the human family, and cooperation.

What proverbs do you try to live by? What proverbs did your parents or guardians quote often? What proverbs do you quote to your children, students, or co-workers?

A Lenten Practice: Living Like Francis

22 Feb

Living Like Francis Today invites both individuals and small groups to explore six Franciscan themes —



living simply,

humbly,
prayerfully,
lovingly,

with care for creation,
and at peace.



This small 60-page book combines the teaching and prayers of St. Francis with gospel stories and reflection suggestions. A bargain at just $5.50. Click here for a sample chapter. Order online or call Lacy at 800-232-5533.


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Gospel Reflection for February 24, 2019, 7th Sunday Ordinary Time

21 Feb

Sunday Readings: 1 Samuel 26.2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 16.45-49; Luke 6.27-38

“Love your enemy and do good to those that hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who insult you. When people slap you on one cheek, turn and give them your other cheek. When people want you coat, give them your shirt, too. When someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back. Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6.27-32

Jesus’ teachings don’t get harder than the challenge to love our enemies. Much in our culture reinforces a win or lose, destroy your enemies point of view. We mark our history by our wars. Video games develop skills to blast, shoot, shatter, and kill rather than negotiate conflicts. What if we practiced making friends of enemies? What if games challenged players to find the mutual interest opponents did not recognize they have or to get out all the facts so the game can move on to the negotiation level? What if players scored points for creative and cooperative solutions to real-life problems?

To love our enemies is the heart of Jesus’ teaching. It is the challenge to which Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. gave their lives in our times. Ultimately our identity and self-worth are at stake in our conflicts.

When and how have you successfully negotiated a conflict or difference or made a friend of a seeming enemy?


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Comforting the Sorrowful

18 Feb

Pope Francis stresses forgiveness as an act of mercy we can all do. Linda Andreozzi, the author of Grief Journal, shares her journey to forgiveness of God, of her husband (for dying so young), and finally, of herself.

Journaling and immersion in beauty were two ways Linda sought healing. Grief Journal will help you, and others you know, move toward peace and acceptance of a loss. The luminous art makes this journal a healing sacramental.

Grief Journal is designed in a beautiful, easy-to-use, 6″x 9″ spiral-bound journal/workbook format with the right balance of story and space for your own writing. Click here to view a sample page. 85 pages, $15.95.

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Gospel Reflection for February 17, 2019, 6th Sunday Ordinary Time

16 Feb

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-8; 1 Corinthians 15.12, 16-20; Luke 6.17, 20-26

“Blessed are you poor because yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungering now because you will be filled. Blessed are you who are weeping now because you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, exclude you, insult you, and throw out your name as evil because of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for your reward will be great in heaven. This is how people treat the prophets.” – Luke 6.20-23

The gospel writer Luke confronts us repeatedly with questions of Jesus’ identity. Who is this person who breaks rules and seeks out those whom others wish to avoid? What kind of world will people inherit if others follow his path and break the rules of tradition and culture? The beatitudes show us the world Jesus envisions in which the poor are blessed, the hungering full, those in mourning filled with laughter, and the persecuted rewarded in heaven.

Jesus’ beatitudes in Luke are a strident warning about the danger inherent in prosperity and abundance. That abundance is not blessedness is a shocking idea then and now. Jesus overturns the popular and comfortable idea that poor people somehow bring on their own circumstances and that rich people deserve their abundance. In Luke, Jesus supplies four woes paralleling the four beatitudes and challenging us to become participants in his vision for the world and shape our priorities accordingly.

When have people who are poor, hungering, weeping, or persecuted blessed you? What concrete actions can you do this week to share what you have with those who have little?


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12 Feb

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Gospel Reflection for February 10, 2017, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

8 Feb

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8;  1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Luke 5.1-11

“Simon put out his nets and caught so many fish that the nets began to break…Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people instead of fish.'” – Luke 5.10

In the A.D 80s when Luke writes, communities of faith in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus have spread throughout the Mediterranean world. The response of the Gentiles has surprised Jesus’ apostles in the same way the great catch surprises Peter. In Jesus, Peter, James, and John encounter God at work in the world calling them off the lake and into a future as missionaries and leaders. God’s inbreaking presence in Jesus makes profound claims on their hearts and the hearts of Gentile believers. God’s word baits the human heart for liberation. In Sunday’s gospel, Peter, James, and John leave their own nets behind to teach the empowering and liberating word of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

For what liberation is the Spirit baiting your heart today?


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