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24 Lights of Lent

Lent, the 40 weekdays preceding Easter, was established to give Christians an opportunity to renew their commitments, reflect on their lives and respond to Jesus’ teaching to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and … love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 28:36 […]

Spirituality of Fasting

In 1756 a frightened and somber King of England called for a day of solemn prayer and fasting. Behind his call was the immediate threat of an invasion and war by the French. On February 6th, 1756 Reverend John Wesley recorded in his journal the positive effect a day of fasting and prayer had upon […]

Too Cool for the Rosary?

The Lenten Season gives the opportunity to re-visit and refresh elements of our faith that may have slipped out of sight behind the couch for some of us. As we lead up to the central mysteries of our faith through the sacred days of Holy Week and beyond, it’s worth reminding ourselves of some of […]

Francis Speaks On Ash Wednesday

Two kinds of reward At the start of his homily, the Pope notes that, as heard in the Gospel at today’s liturgy, we need to beware of practicing our piety in order to be seen and praised by others, when instead we should seek from the Father the “eternal, the true and ultimate reward, the […]

I hate Lent!

I hope I don’t upset anyone by saying that. But the truth is that I find Lent long and trying. I can imagine people saying things like, “First World problems – if that is all he has to worry about, his life is pretty cruisey”, or “that’s pretty shocking for a priest, he should be […]

Sunday 3 April

FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 “I forgive you.” A good way through Lent we are consoled with God’s words through Isaiah “I am the Lord; I have done wonders in creation, but nothing compared with what I am going to do!” We’ll have the death and Resurrection of […]

Lent – Forty Prayers for Forty Days

The season of Lent – forty days leading up to Easter – is designated as a time for intentionally taking steps toward greater spiritual discipline, spiritual simplicity, spiritual renewal and spiritual growth. Here are forty prayers for the forty days of lent. Day 1 – For self-improvement Theologian Albrecht Ritschl wrote: “If I long to […]

Ash Wednesday

From the Pope’s homily, Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 We are now embarking on our Lenten journey, which opens with the words of the prophet Joel. They point out the path we are to follow. We hear an invitation that arises from the heart of God, who with open arms and longing eyes pleads with […]

Judgements, Bogans and Losers –
the Challenge

In responding to the circumstances of every day, we need to make judgements. We decide what to eat, what to wear, how to travel, how to spend our time, how to respond to various people or circumstances. Such judgements involve skills we’ve developed and serve us well. We also become pretty adept at judging people. […]

Mary’s Way of the Cross

By Richard G Furey CSsR Artwork by Gretchen Hatfield Reid First Station Jesus Is Condemned to Die It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse I had of him since they took him away. His bruised and bleeding skin sent a sword of pain deep into my heart […]