Forty Days . . . And Then What?

Forty Days . . . And Then What?

Eight times in the Bible, the period of 40 days is mentioned. The first reference pertains to our Old Testament reading for this Sunday — Genesis 9. Genesis 9 is the end of the flood, where God makes his covenant to never again destroy the earth by water. The sign of...
Observing Lent With Children

Observing Lent With Children

Lent is coming! Yay?!? Okay, so most of us don’t approach Lent with that kind of enthusiasm. A 40-day period of self-denial and prayer might not be something we look forward to each year, and it may be one of the most difficult church traditions to talk about with...
Holy Spirit at Work

Holy Spirit at Work

In my role as Pastoral Care Assistant I am presented with many opportunities to see God’s work in the restoration of both body and faith. I would like to share with you two examples of how the work of the Holy Spirit was shown to me recently. One example is a man I...
Holy Week – Traveling with Our Lord

Holy Week – Traveling with Our Lord

The liturgical calendar is a treasured gift to the church. Like a clock, it runs steadily and quietly in the background of our lives. When we look up and pay attention, it is there to keep our lives on course. In regards to the liturgical calendar, that “course” is...
Family Mass

Family Mass

When we attend church, we intentionally place ourselves in a community of believers. We become a family, learning from each other and sharing in one another’s joys and sorrows. What binds us together is our common faith in God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We...
Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

As Our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.“ Recent liturgical reviews in the Roman Catholic Church have resulted in doubts over the accuracy of the translation of this line from The Lord’s...
Lessons From Ruth

Lessons From Ruth

One of two books in the Old Testament named for women (the other is Esther), Ruth is a breath of fresh air. Her story follows one of the grimmest chapters in Israel’s history: the Period of Judges. The Book of Judges ends, “In those days, Israel had no king; a man...
That’s Nice

That’s Nice

God does not ask me, much less does He command me, to like you. He doesn’t ask or command me to like anyone! And that’s a very good thing because it means I’m not required to like Fr. Doran who’s always making up crazy stories about me! But I digress.“To like” means,...
Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas has come and, with it, so has our Savior Jesus Christ! Advent has passed away and we now enter into the liturgical Christmas season. The cumulative carol The Twelve Days of Christmas has twelve verses describing gifts bestowed...
The Christmas Wonder of a Child

The Christmas Wonder of a Child

Christmas has always been a special time for me. As a child, the whole month of December was a magical and joyous time, filled with traditions and activities that kept the wonder of the season alive! For our family, and many of those in our community, the “Christmas”...