Sunday, February 26, 2012

First Sunday of Lent

Jesus enters the desert, a place of testing and desolation. He enters society, prepared for his ministry, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and that there is need for repentance.
Note, in this short passage, we have perhaps the best explanation of formation for those responding to a vocation. They are taking out of the world into seminaries or houses of formation, ministered by angels, and among the savage beasts (like the formation staff and the others in formation), and they leave prepared for the ministry.
This Lenten season can be such a time for us, too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday

We begin the season of Lent, and as we do, we are invited to ask the Lord what He desires us to be free of or properly order in our lives so that we can love Him above all else. Note that in the Gospel, the hypocrites do good things, but for the wrong reasons - they do it all for fame. If we do it for our personal health, simply the arm feelings, or for any other reason other than the Love of God and the denial of self because of that love, we have failed.
May this season of penance, prayer, alms, and fasting by one that helps us find freedom in God.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus forgives a man because of the faith of his friends. This might strike us as odd, and in a way, it is, but this man was perhaps most paralyzed by sin. He was unable to come to Jesus Christ on his own, and so his friends bore him to the Lord, tearing up the roof so that Jesus could heal him. THat is true faith.
If we forget this miracle, we might forget the important role we have in carrying our friends and neighbors to the lord in their paralysis. We must be men and women of faith, knowing that the Lord wants us to be free from sin, and bring them to Him in our prayer.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord desires us to be free, so He heals the leper. Not all the time, though, is healing bodily. The healing that we do experience, often healing of our spirits, demonstrate Christ's love. No longer does He tell us to not tell anyone, so we should follow the example of this leper and tell all how we were healed.

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Prayer Calendar posted

I have posted the new prayer calendar for March through August. I also posted the full-page calendars, too. I will rename it/move it the end of the month, which is why it is named "future".

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus heals Simon Peter's mother-in-law, but knows that he came to preach in more toms that just Capernaum. He tells them that they must move on. His purpose drives His action.
When we know why God created us (certainly to know, love and serve Him) with some more clarity, it sets us on a path. We must follow Jesus's example, therefore, and spend time in prayer in asking the Father what purpose He has planted in our hearts.