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Daily Lenten Reflection — Into the Wilderness

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him” (Mark 1:12-13). As we begin our Lenten observance today on Ash Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our […]

Practical Lessons for a Deeper Faith this Lent

An Invitation to Enter the Desert with Christ As we begin this Lenten season this Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our God. Many of us realize that we are called to face difficult questions during this penitential season.  The challenge we face is not only for us to ask those […]

Understanding Christ’s Temptation

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

After John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Christ was called into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit where He humbled Himself so profoundly that in the company of wild beasts and beleaguered by ravenous hunger after a forty day fast, He suffered the devil’s temptations. Jesus’ reasons for doing this on our behalf are many concerning the economy of Salvation, but […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Let’s Begin

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him” (Mark 1:12-13). As we begin this Lenten season today on Ash Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards […]

Five Lessons we should learn from Christ’s time in the Wilderness

"Christ in the Desert" by Kramskoy

In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ. “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. […]

Practical Lessons for a Deeper Faith this Lent

"Christ in the Desert" by Kramskoy

An Invitation to Enter the Desert with Christ As we begin this Lenten season this Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our God. Many of us realize that we are called to face difficult questions during this penitential season.  The challenge we face is not only for us to ask those […]

Practical Advice for a Deeper Faith this Lent

"Christ in the Desert" by Ivan Kramskoy

An Invitation to Enter the Desert with Christ As we begin this Lenten season tomorrow, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our God. Many of us realize that we are called to face difficult questions during this penitential season.  The challenge we face is not only for us to ask those questions, […]

Christ’s Temptation and Ours

Lent is an annual spiritual boot camp the Church gives us so that we might train, yet again, to be victorious in this most important battle we’ll ever fight. The episode in Sunday’s Gospel is particularly special, because the only way the evangelists would have known about it would have been if Christ had told it to His disciples Himself. […]

The Necessity of the Cross

Most of us in the Catholic world began our annual observance of Lent this past Ash Wednesday, although Sunday of the First Week of Lent officially starts the season. So, if you are off to a slow start, you are not as far behind as you might think! I provided some general, practical thoughts for approaching Lent in an article published on […]