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All Good Things
February 21, 2024

Original Intent

Years ago, I heard a presentation on the role of the prophet.  It described being prophetic as: Imaging the original intent of God; Mourning that this is not our present reality; Providing an alternative future. What impressed me most was the necessity of mourning.  Why was it so important?  What did it mean? 
All Good Things
February 20, 2024

COMPUNCTION: A Journey to Easter

In one of our Lenten masses, some time ago, our priest unleashed the word ‘compunction’- a catchy rhythm for our souls, making the sacred experience resonate with lasting echoes. COM· PUNC· TION, I thought, I took my phone out, wrote the word down and took a couple of quick notes of the sermon and quickly threw it back in my purse.
All Good Things
February 19, 2024

Lent is a Time of Conversion

One of the best definitions of Conversion is “a change of heart.” For St. Francis and for Franciscans, Conversion is an important value. Like many people, I am a fan of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Having read his message for Lent 2024, I would like to share some of the thoughts of Pope Francis and some of mine.
All Good Things
February 18, 2024

Look for the Good

I am often amazed at how time flies so fast! My kids are growing, the snow has (hopefully) come and gone, the birds are starting to chirp, and those little pops of green are trying to say hello to me as I pay attention to these signs of spring! But it is also Lent.
All Good Things
February 16, 2024

Replacing Vices with Virtues

Lent is a time of penance, to turn back to God. We are asked to rend our hearts and not our garments. Francis noted several forms that spiritual pride can take and noted that when turning to God for help with these ego-based short-comings or vices, they can be replaced by virtues.
All Good Things
February 15, 2024

Joy in Lent

It seems counterintuitive to speak about joy during Lent, a season marked by penance and sacrifice. However, this apparent contradiction is only true if we misunderstand the meaning of joy and, even further, trivialize it.
All Good Things
February 14, 2024

A Matter of the Heart

This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, which is also Valentine's Day.
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