February 18, 2018 - 1st Sunday of Lent

When we were teenagers, my brother and I spent a lot of time playing the guitar and singing the folk songs of the day. Our parents loved our singing, but Mom couldn’t bear to hear us sing songs about war, especially the laments over the dead or soldiers who came...

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The return of genuflecting via football

First you get down on your knees, 
Fiddle with your rosaries, 
Bow your head in great respect 
and genuflect, genuflect, genuflect. 
(Tom Lehrer, “Vatican Rag”) 

I write in late September just after the weekend when the U.S. president damned “taking a knee.” The...

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As a child, I attended a parochial school, taught by nuns. We had daily religious education classes and I recall several discussions about what should motivate you to keep God's commandments and... read more

The liturgical readings of February

It isn’t essential to have schizophrenic leanings to celebrate Lent, but it helps. Based on the origins of the season, it’s not clear what we should emphasize during these 40 days.

Originally, when all baptisms took place on Holy Saturday night, Lent was something like a community revival period. Everyone not only joined in the joy of...

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Haiti is literally and figuratively a land of mountains, a place of ups and downs. It is a land of intense sorrow and incalculable joy: destruction from natural disasters and rebirth instigated by... read more

Celebration Publications has created a resource page of seasonal resources for the Lent and Easter season, extending these reflections through the post Pentecost season and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ on June 3. Beginning February 12, the week of Ash Wednesday, to access the free page click on the image shown below, which will appear on the ...

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Half in and half out of Lent! Yet, the Gospel story, about the leper who Jesus healed that we hear on the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, already begins to prepare us for the Lenten journey. 

In her commentary for this Sunday, Sr. Mary McGlone invites us to recognize what we share with the leper in the Gospel: “Since his condition was obvious, society ordered him to hide away from...

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