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Category Archive for 'Lent'

Why the Cross?

Why did Jesus go to the cross? We know, of course, that if he were to remain true to who he was, it was inevitable that he would be considered a threat — to certain leaders of the people, as well as to the Roman occupiers of Palestine. But was there more involved in Christ’s […]

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Last Words: Into Your Hands

Reading the dying words of famous people leads me to wonder what my own last words will be. I suppose we remain ourselves even in the dying state, which is a bit unnerving and makes me hope my last words won’t be grumpy. I can only rely on the omnipresence of divine grace. Since I […]

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Wisdom from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: I believe that God both can and will bring good out of evil. For that purpose he needs [people] who make the best use of everything. I believe God will give us all the power we need to resist in all time of distress. But he never gives it in advance, […]

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Grace, Both Free and Costly

Grace is God’s free and forgiving self-communication that enables humans to share in the trinitarian relationship of love. Mary C. Hilkert, “Grace,” Encyclopedia of Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien, general editor, p 577. We cannot earn God’s grace. Good works do not merit grace, nor does staying up all night in prayer, or fasting until we […]

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Praying the Anima Christi

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5). The Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) prayer is good for any season, but I especially like to pray it during Lent. Clicking on the image below will take you to a listing of reflections on each petition of this ancient prayer. […]

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