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Reflection for Feb 12, 2008 - Tuesday of the First Week in Lent

"Prayer: A Three-Fold Life-Changing Experience"

Today's Mass Readings

For how many of us is prayer more like our own monologue than true dialogue with God? I know this is often the case in my own life. And sometimes this is ok. Sometimes it is sufficient to just pour out our soul to God. He is there to listen. God wants us to speak to Him. But this is not all that prayer is. Lent is a season of prayer. All liturgical seasons, by definition, are seasons of prayer. But Lent is a special season, because, like Advent, Lent is a spiritual pilgrimage. In Advent our pilgrimage is to the Nativity, to Jesus' birth. In Lent, our pilgrimage is to the Resurrection, to Easter.

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Reflection for Feb 10, 2008 - First Sunday in Lent

Good and Evil"

Today's Mass Readings

Evil! The face of evil, the presence of evil, the effects of evil, the origin of evil; these are the issues that we are faced with in today’s readings. Let us admit, life would be so much better without evil in the world. I mean imagine a day on which no one was killed, robbed, cheated, divorced, aborted, raped. Imagine a world where everyone had enough, people did not hoard things but selflessly shared, where no child dies of starvation or lack of attention. Just imagine one day when the whole world was happy!

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Reflection for Feb 9, 2008 - Saturday After Ash Wednesday

O Lord… I Am Afflicted and Poor" (Ps 86:1)

Today's Mass Readings

As we close these opening days of Lent and enter into the first full week of this penitential season we reflect in a particular way on our sinfulness and on penance for it.

In today’s first reading (Is 58:9b-14), Isaiah teaches us well that penance is a verb. It is something that we do. It takes some effort. It often manifests itself in actions of charity toward others – “bestow your bread on the hungry,” “honor [the Sabbath] by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice” (Isaiah 58:10, 13). Entering into practices of self-denial in Lent should make us more charitable people, if not, something is wrong with our spirit.

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Reflection for Feb 8, 2008 - Friday after Ash Wednesday

Fasting By Doing Good"

Today's Mass Readings

Today is the first Friday during Lent, and therefore, a special day for penance. Catholics have become famous for the Friday penance of abstaining for meat for all those who are safely and charitably able and are 14 year of age or older. Penance, however, is a much misunderstood concept.

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