Lent: The Spiritual Journey

Lent. A time we think of giving up sweets, or exercising more. But if we are to live this penitential season well, what is it really about? On Ash Wednesday, we heard in the Collect (Opening Prayer) these words: “…as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.”…

The Cost of Discipleship

Discipleship. We hear this in the Gospel this weekend. Jesus said: “Whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33 But what is a Disciple?  According to the dictionary, it is “someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another.”  (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) (key to this…

Pokemon are here …

It may not be new to you, but with the July launch of Pokemon Go, more kids are wondering around outside, looking for imaginary creatures through their phones. And, while looking at their phones, they are susceptible to forget what is going on around them. What can parents do to ensure their kids are safe? The…

Sports and God Go Together

The Summer Olympic Games will open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in just a couple of weeks. All the hard work and sacrifices by athletes has been done. It will be a moment where years of preparation comes down to a single sprint down the track, one routine on the balance beam,a last dive from…

Practice Makes Prayer

Our lives get busy. Yet, at the end of the day when the frenetic pace slows down, our hearts naturally gravitate toward the eternal. We find ourselves hungering for God and community. For our Women’s Studies group, that hunger only grew through our getting acquainted with Saint Catherine of Siena during our 8-week study this…

From Misery to Joy

This Sunday we encounter two widows in our readings. Both have lost sons. One blames prophet Elijah; the other breaks down in tears. And you? How do you choose to face adversity? …

Sunday Mass Readings

Blessings in our Lord Jesus Christ! Saint Paul greets the early Christian communities in his letters. The Church in its wisdom helps us to be familiar with God’s Word at Mass, where we read a good amount of the Bible within a three-year cycle. Usually, we read a passage from the Old Testament; Psalm; New…