Today we hear the Passion account of the Gospel of Mark. Fr. Karban explains that in the Marcan account there is almost no mention of Jesus’ physical suffering. Everything this first evangelist says about Jesus’ bodily pain can be put into one small, three or four sentence paragraph. He doesn’t even mention that Jesus was […]

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit (John 12:24). Below is a reflection I found entitled A Grain of Wheat. Each of us is like a grain of wheat planted […]

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. This Lent there have been a number of us reading and discussing the book, Tattoos on the […]

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…(1 Cor. 1:22) Fr. Richard Rohr, who runs a Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, writes a daily column that I find thought provoking and challenging. Below is a recent one that […]

We have begun our discussion of Fr. Gregory Boyle’s book, Tattoos on the Heart. Fr. Boyle tells how he came to the title of his book: Once, after dealing with a particularly exasperating homie named Sharkey, I switched my strategy and decide to catch him in the act of doing the right thing. I can […]

Today’s introduction to the Penitential Rite is taken from Pope Francis’ exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. “I invite Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.” Not […]

Already Lent is upon us. February 18th is Ash Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated at 8:00 am, 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. We will come to be marked with ashes, a reminder to us to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. We will hear the call to prayer and the private […]

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