Blog Posts for "Lent"

Episode 8 Tap Into Life - Chicago

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:

The Wound VAC and Lent

Ss. Perpetua & Felicity Isaiah 65:17-21 I recently had to spend another nine days in the hospital for the treatment of a post-surgical infection.  In addition to antibiotics, another element of my care upon discharge has been the use of what’s called a wound VAC.  As the name suggests, it’s a device that uses negative pressure to clean a wound of the bad stuff and promote the formation of new tissue through a process called granulation.  The cleaning of the wound and the attachment of the device bring some discomfort, and the fact...

Launch into Lent!

World Day of the Sick, Our Lady of Lourdes   Yesterday’s readings for the Mass for Ash Wednesday contained some really simple but powerful reminders of the purposes of Lent. To change ourselves from the inside out—The prophet Joel urges us, “Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.” (See Joel 2:12-18). To change ourselves from the outside in.—Jesus asks us to be humble in our works of penance: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  We do so in order to not become deluded by our own power...

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Monday of Holy Week Isaiah 42:1-7; John 12:1-11 Yesterday I had the privilege of celebrating the Mass of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord with the people of Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish here in Chicago, where I served as Pastor in the mid-1990’s. In addition to the traditional outdoor procession with the palms and the reading of the Passion Narrative from the Gospel of Mark, the parish also said good-bye to a long-time member who was moving from her home of 45 years to Atlanta.  Throughout that time she had been one of those people who...

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