Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Dn 9:4-10; Ps 79:8,9,11,13; Lk 6:36-38:  We are our own worst enemy. We remember our iniquities and sometimes even find such memories titillating.  At such moments we can take refuge in the prayer of today’s responsorial psalm, “LORD, may your compassion quickly come!”  Without the LORD and his constant mercy and faithful compassion, we do not […]

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Friday of the First Week in Lent

Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8,6; Mt 5:20-26:  What is plenteous redemption?  It is something beyond kindness.  It is found with the LORD, the one who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. This season of Lent beckons us to consider plenteous redemption.  In this desert retreat, we dare to ponder the wonder of being heard from the […]

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Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Est C:12,14-16,23-25; Ps 138:1-8; Mt 7:7-12:  The Lord Jesus continues to teach his disciples about prayer.  The Psalm Response and the First Reading are used by the liturgy to reinforce the Divine Teacher’s instruction.  Psalm 138 is full of thanksgiving.  Indeed, we echo such an attitude when the LORD answers our most basic prayer: “Forsake […]

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Tuesday of the First Week in Lent

Is 55:10,11; Ps 34:4-7,16-19; Mt 6:7-15:  All through Lent the church prays, “Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.” This urgent plea comes from Psalm 51; it is King David’s act of repentance and ours as a church on this Lenten Pilgrimage.  Already, the LORD has begun to answer our prayer.  […]

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Friday after Ash Wednesday

Is 58:1-9; Ps 51:3-6,18,19; Mk 9:14-15:  What a rare thing indeed: a heart contrite and humbled.  Yet, this is what Lent is supposed to produce.  In this desert retreat, we are bound to encounter our demons and our weakness, and it is just such encounters that are supposed to initiate a conversion of heart.  Of […]

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