Blog Posts for "Lent"

Mid-Lent Check-Up

Now that we are midway through another Lent, it is a good time to pause and take stock of how we’re doing with our resolutions.  While it’s important for me to look at how well I have kept to my fasting, how much more dedicated I am to prayer, and whether I am giving more of myself and my material resources to those in need, I also need to consider how much I am really changing as a person and disciple of Jesus.  So I need to ask myself: Is my fasting leading me to live more simply,...

Really Listening?

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Jeremiah 7:23-28; Luke 11:14-23 “You’re not listening to me!” is a cry that routinely echoes in many of our homes.  Spouses say it to each other, and parents and children do, too.  These days it is often accompanied by one or both parties in the conversation staring into a glowing device or adjusting their earbuds. Listening in the Bible often means far more than the physical act or the sensory experience of hearing.  It means paying attention, not only to what is being said but also to the one who is saying...

The Best Sacrifice I Can Make

Lenten Weekday Daniel 3:25-34, 43; Matthew 18:21-25 Many nonprofit organizations these days—from colleges and universities trying to keep their tuition rates more in check to direct services ministries seeking to create programs that will not only feed and clothe people but also help them to overcome addictions or become more prepared to compete and succeed in the workplace—are increasingly looking to their endowments, savings and investments to generate income.  They want a strong return on their investments not just in the short-term but for the long haul. Today’s readings reminded me that, like a prudent investor, I need...

Turning From, Turning Towards

Lenten Weekday; St. Polycarp Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Matthew 25:31-46 Repentance means turning away from something; but that implies and necessitates turning toward something—or someone—else. Today’s readings present a catalog of things to reject (stealing, lying, slander, injustice, etc.) and others to embrace (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, etc.). Turning away from sin means turning toward virtue and especially toward love—of God and neighbor as well as self. Prayer turns me more and more toward the God who is love. Fasting helps me to empty myself of all of the spiritual,...

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