penitential

Daily Reflection — A Pure Heart Create for Me, O God

“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51). Fridays are penitential days for Catholics. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial […]

Daily Reflection — Blessed of My Father

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed […]

Could this be why Lent is forty days?

Putting aside that the numbering is not exact, we generally talk about Lent being forty days.  Like me, you have probably wondered “why forty?”  What’s so special about forty??  The obvious answer is that Our Lord spent forty days fasting in the desert before He began his public ministry.  He set apart that time to prepare Himself and as an […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — God Desires Our Conversion, not Death

“I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” (Ezekiel 33:11) Each of us likely has some trait, some habit or behavior that makes it difficult at times to be around us. If you are unsure what it is, you can either take the direct approach and ask others to […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — In You Alone O God

“But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:1). We need to know that in this world of senseless violence that there is meaning to our being and existence and hope […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — What do I want?

Ask yourself what it is that you most want.. right now. Maybe a new job or better job security, better pay or just the respect of your employer. Or maybe you have health issues, concern for your children or the need to get your finances in better order. Do you need for a new car? I would just like a fun and extended summer vacation! These […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — A Pure Heart Create for Me, O God

“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51). Fridays are penitential days for Catholics. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Getting Ready for the Challenge

“There are three things which united together conduce to the salvation of man; The Sacrament, The Wilderness, Fasting. No one who has not rightly contended receives a crown, but no one is admitted to the contest of virtue, except first being washed from the stains of all his sins, he is consecrated with the gift of heavenly grace” (St. Ambrose; […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Who We Are Matters

And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). “Having things” is not inherently wrong. But, when attachments to things of this world become more important than being who we are made to be, such attachments become disordered and sinful. Please catch […]

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 […]