Blog Posts from March, 2017

Indictment and Aspiration

5708845520 b07fa68273 b Matthew 18:21-35 “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;” Between Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours and an occasional decade of the rosary, I pray those words several times every day.  That frequency may partially explain why I can easily take them for granted. I sometimes fail to ponder their import.  There’s a good reason why:  it would be too scary.  The truth is, I am not always forgiving and those words of the Lord’s Prayer can read like an indictment.  Forgiveness is

“Those who humble themselves…will grab a shovel.”

Fema - 40421 - north dakota resident shovels snow off his sidewalk Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Matthew 23:1-12 Conversion is about change, and the most direct way that it is reflected is in my behavior.  In Isaiah’s words, I “cease doing evil” and “learn to do good.”  I don’t seek out places of honor or rely on titles, my status or the various forms of privilege that I am given in the Church or wider community.  Humility is learned.  Like any other virtue, it must be nurtured. The most obvious way that I learn humility is through my failures, large and small;

Laying It All Out There

Prayer-401401 1280 (St. Frances of Rome) Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-35; Matthew 7:7-12   We often admire people who at least appear to “lay it all out there” or “tell it like it is.”  Esther did that in her prayer for her fellow Jews, who faced genocide instigated by a vain official who couldn’t understand and despised their allegiance to their faith and their God.  She—a queen—and those with her prostrated themselves as she prayed before God, asking for mercy, protection and justice.  Yet Jesus reminds us that

Episode 8 Tap Into Life - Chicago

Mj and vito praying Check out our recent podcast episode! How has your first week have Lent been going? Listen as Br. Vito and Br. MJ discuss how the season of Lent is more than giving up chocolate, but is about deepening your relationship with Christ. Want to say Hola? Email us at:   Links to the Rome Reports interview with Br. MJ: Br. MJ as a Spaniard Br. MJ's link in English   Stay up to date with the podcast on the Facebook page: