Tagged: Lent

Becoming Sensitive to Our Own Sin

A reflection on the readings for April 3, 2022, the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Gospel: John 8:1-11) In an October 26, 1946, radio message to participants in the National Catechetical Congress of the United States in Boston, Pope Pius XII...

Becoming Sensitive to Our Own Sin

Prodigals in the Promised Land

A homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)—March 27, 2022. On my way home from an appointment the other day, I was listening to the Spotify All Out 90’s playlist, as one does, when an old favorite that...

Prodigals in the Promised Land

To Embrace All That Is Human

A reflection on the readings for March 6, 2022 – The First Sunday in Lent. Many of us know the story of  Doctor Faustus, written in 1592. In the early version of the legend, Dr. John Faustus, called Faust, has...

To Embrace All That Is Human

Alliance of the generations

Today’s General Audience address by Pope Francis brought tears to my eyes. It was the second installment of his Catechesis on Old Age. The title of this week’s teaching was “Longevity: symbol and opportunity,” and he spoke about why he...

Alliance of the generations

The best and only starting point

When I was 27, I was cast as Louisa, the 13-year-old daughter, in a semi-professional production of The Sound of Music. Physically, it made sense especially since I looked at least 10 years younger than my actual age. My friend...

The best and only starting point

Finding Hope in the Ashes: Transforming Our Communities

Excerpt from Hope from the Ashes by Paul E. Jarzembowski (Paulist Press, 2022) The stories of many active churchgoers on Ash Wednesday are surprisingly similar. Each of us could probably recount our own stories of Ash Wednesdays past. After months...

Finding Hope in the Ashes: Transforming Our Communities

Lent 2022: Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

Super Bowl LVI is over, leaving some ecstatic and others crushed. Soon it will be time for March Madness – a thrilling twenty-one-day extravaganza of exceptional sportsmanship. Perhaps not as extravagant or thrilling, but Lent 2022 is also on the...

Lent 2022: Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

Prepare well for Lent

I have a confession to make. I am, by training, a liturgist. As such, I cringe at the well-known joke—“What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with terrorists.”—both because there is a grain of truth...

Prepare well for Lent

Living to Die, Dying to Live

A reflection on the Sunday readings for March 21, 2021 — the Fifth Sunday in Lent This is the story of Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, a Burmese nun. As you are likely aware, recently the military assumed power in Burma...

Living to Die, Dying to Live

G’Day, Bishop Richard!

  Coming up on Where Peter Is Live: As Pope Francis approaches the eighth anniversary of his election as pope, Bishop Richard Umbers joins Rachel Amiri, Melinda Ribnek, and Mike Lewis from the land down under to discuss these last...

G’Day, Bishop Richard!