Conversion comes in its own time and on its own terms

There’s this thing about Lent: It’s not just a neat six weeks in the spring of the year that gets you all holy and housecleaned in time for Easter. Lent can also creep up behind you and take you by surprise at any point on the calendar of your life. Bam! And life will never be the same again.

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Jesus’ approach to suffering goes beyond platitudes

Coming from a family of eight children, my attempts at jockeying for position in the constellation of siblings basically took the form of whining and complaining. These “petitions” seemed to fall on the deaf ears of my stoic mother, as her usual reply was “Offer it up!” I insisted that it was too cold to walk to... read more

A faded photograph testifies to an undying faith

An ancient tradition says that the tree on which Jesus hung was set in the same ground where Adam lay buried. In a place of thorns and thistles planted by Adam’s sin, Jesus forgives the thief his sins, and, so, all of the thieves — that is, all of us. It is an image of the truth we proclaim, that God brings the... read more

Adults have much to learn from children about how to do Lent

By Doris Murphy

Recently, while interviewing children for their first Reconciliation, I asked Tommy what “penance” was. He answered without hesitation: “It’s sort of like a time-out.”

A young mother told me that when her little daughter was throwing her food rather... read more

A few weeks ago, I found myself in front of nearly 150 students in grades five through eight at a local school where one of my congregation's associates-in-mission is principal. I had been invited to... read more

Doing the work of ritual, language, song and dance by heart

The sine qua non of a community’s rituals — little ones and enormous ones — are the way they belong to all present. That is what ritual must be, whether it is this entire time between Ash Wednesday to Pentecost in the assembly’s life in church and out, or simply the chanting and movement of each Sunday’s... read more

ROME — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers... read more

Feb. 14, 2018. This date rings a bell in my mind as it probably does in yours, too. It's — Ash Wednesday! In the liturgical calendar of Year B, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of total... read more

What I'm thinking about in these days before Ash Wednesday is how most of what I have learned about a right relationship with God has come from taking care of small children. These days the smallest... read more

A daily walk in our sacramental world reveals God everywhere

I walk every day. When my husband comes with me, he longs for a new path, an undiscovered route. But I always go east on Columbia Street and turn north on Wood Avenue. I walk until I reach Boddington Park, where I turn west and then south and come home down Alamo Avenue. I watch my neighborhood... read more