March 15, 2021

“Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.” Is 65:17-18 Do you ever peek at the end of the book you’re reading? It can be tempting, particularly when there’s a lot of tension or mystery. I’ll confess, I’ve sometimes looked ahead. In today’s passage, God offers a… Read more

March 14, 2021

The world is full of “either/or” scenarios. We’re told that we need to choose between a limited number of options. Do you like Chocolate or Vanilla? Android or Apple? Taking a bath or a shower? Being a passenger or driver? Are you a Democrat or Republican? Do you prefer a pen or a pencil? I could go on. In today’s passage, Jesus has been given an either/or question. He’s asked if a blind man’s condition was caused by his own… Read more

March 13, 2021

“Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD, as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines forth like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.” Hosea 6:3 Today crosses the halfway point in Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Lent emerged in the church out of a need to take time to step back and clear a path for God to work. Hopefully,… Read more

March 12, 2021

  Saint Maximilian of Tebessa was an African saint from the third century. When he was compelled to enlist in the Roman army his conscience would not allow him to swear allegiance to the emperor. As a result, he was beheaded. He is the first documented conscientious objector but he would not be the last. Indeed, the Order of Maximilian, a group of anti-war clergy formed in the 1970s took their name from him and were inspired by his example. May God… Read more

March 12, 2021

“Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mk 12:29-31 Human life requires us to be a lot more like jazz musicians than classically trained musicians. We don’t get a… Read more

March 11, 2021

  Does where you pray each day matter? St. Óengus of Tallaght is a great mystical saint of Ireland from the ninth century. From his early years on, he dedicated much of his life to prayer and writing. He chose to move into remote places near Irish rivers. This helped him form a spiritual practice that was deeply rooted in his place. Each day he would pray through the whole Psalter. Fifty he would pray in his cell, fifty he would… Read more

March 11, 2021

“Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk-in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.” Jer 7:23 Do you know the voice of God? One of the biggest hindrances to hearing God’s voice is when we make the assumption that we have it all figured out already. In today’s passage, Jerimiah confronts this very problem…. Read more

March 10, 2021

How much does speaking about Jesus mean to you? John Ogilvie is the only post-reformation Catholic saint from Scotland. Born a Presbyterian, converted to Catholicism as a teenager and soon became a Jesuit. He returned to his homeland and was eventually executed because of his instance of proclaiming his faith to others. His death was marked by signs of how dearly he was rooted in a life of prayer. As he spoke to the crowd at his execution he asked… Read more

March 10, 2021

“Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:19   What is your spiritual life rooted in? It could be a daily time of prayer, going to church, looking to the examples of men and women of faith before you, spiritual disciplines like fasting, what you… Read more

March 9, 2021

Have you ever been dealt a hand you didn’t want? Frances had desired to become a nun, but her family pushed her into the state of marriage instead. For many people, this would have caused resentment and pain, but for Frances, it just indicated that God was going to use her in a way she hadn’t expected. She remained happily married for many years and began to look at ways to live out her vocation in other ways that would… Read more

Browse Our Archives