The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare… Continue reading Be Still and Know
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 8-9 I was beginning to wish I had given up chocolate for Lent. Nonetheless, the overachiever that I long to be decided to go for a more challenging endeavor. Couple… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Failing at Lent?
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24 More than an obligation… Continue reading Be A Contender
Since I was small child, springtime has always been a celebration of life. This I found especially true in the South where tulips, irises, and lilies make their way early on through winter's barren landscape. And always so anxious to see this sight, I all too neglected to stop and befittingly reflect on the season… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Entering In
This week of Lent we are led to with Christ and his disciples down a path of growing awareness, one in which each is contributing towards something fully unknown and yet momentous. Perhaps our familiarity with the story deafens us to truly hearing the significance of the words and numbs us to the fear, anxiety… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: A Stop at Bethany
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 8-9 I was beginning to wish I had given up chocolate for Lent. Nonetheless, the overachiever that I long to be decided to go for a more challenging endeavor. Couple… Continue reading Failing at Lent?
"It is by the apostolic preaching of the Gospel that the people of God is called together and gathered so that all who belong to this people, sanctified as they are by the Holy Spirit, may offer themselves 'a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God'." Vatican II, Presbyterorum ordinis, 2 With Lent, the word sacrifice… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Saints and Sacrifice
Fair to say that when we remove the unnecessary, that we are more prone to notice the essential. So too, it is in this intentional, purposeful consecration of time and space during Lent, that God's voice can be so clear. Still, as we do not live in isolation, there remains a number of unavoidable interactions… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Lenten Love Notes
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 A purple sky gradually taking on the coral, rose and gold tones of the break of day, what a spectacular sight to behold. Since I was quite small, I have cherished the soft warmth of a sleepy awakening… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Waking Up to Lent
In reading the passages from Luke today on the way of the cross and crucifixion of Jesus, (Lk 23: 26-49) I was struck with gratitude for the thief on the cross beside Christ. Mocked, insulted and shamed- Jesus endured not only the painful, sorrowful physical pain of the cross but rejection of the people that… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The Thief on the Cross