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March 16, 2018 - We Are Broken

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

I hope no one else is finding this the case, but for myself, I am finding it difficult to be Catholic these days.  This is not because I am thinking about leaving - but friends of mine - friends who are smart and loving and helpful and generous and usually kind but who do not share my faith, keep asking: "Why are you still Catholic?"  Opposition to Catholicism comes from various all quarters: left and right, East and West. For some, it is Pope Francis' understanding of the Church and for others it is the church's teachings on homosexuality that lead them to ask these questions; for others, it is the church's stand of climate change and for others it is the church's stand on abortion. For still others, it is the apparent contradiction between a God who loves us and has a personal encounter with us with the empirical evidence of science that lead them to ask these questions.  And for others, it is the sinfulness of a church hierarchy that has, in the past (hopefully now, always in the past) condoned sexual abuse through its silence.

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March 15, 2018 - What Motivates Us to Repent?

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Throughout the ages, God wishes to be revealed to the people of the world.  At the same time, Humanity longs to have an answer to the question, ‘who is God?’ Today’s readings show God’s long effort to communicate divinity to humanity.  So often, we get stuck on the power and might of God, and what he can do.  But God is especially interested in communicating to us who he is. We can know a bit of the mind and the heart of God. 

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March 14, 2018 - Judgement

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

We all have judgments that we need to make. We need to judge the veracity of our news sources, the quality of our food, the best ways to spend our money, and the list continues. Today’s Gospel also ends with Jesus talking about judgement.

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March 13, 2018 - Take Up Your Mat and Walk

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

In the story from John’s gospel, we encounter a man who has suffered greatly for thirty-eight years from a terrible affliction that renders him nearly immobile. He has no real help in the world. The only people around him are other afflicted human beings with whom he must try to compete in order to get some relief in the pool. But he fails. And so, he can only reasonably expect to go on suffering for the rest of his days.

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March 12, 2018 - What About My Own Faith

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

I have had many conversations with people about their grown children. They often describe their children as successful, well-adjusted adults with families who contribute to the good of society. These parents have also expressed their ongoing concern about their children not practicing their faith. For many parents, this is not only a concern but a source of deep pain. It can also be a source of conflict and tension when, with good intention, parents try and convince their adult children to return to the practice of faith. Today’s Gospel led me to reflect on this issue. What does pressuring our grown children say about our own faith?

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