Third Sunday of Lent

The Ten Commandments have been given a bad reputation in modern society. They are looked down on, as if they were the classic proof of how negative and repressive religion is. Self-confident non-believers ask: Who wants to listen to some ancient myth about a divine...

Second Sunday of Lent

Either God is everything to us, and we give him everything, or we live as if he is just another detail to keep track of, while keeping our most precious things for ourselves. Part of the challenge of Lent is to put God once more at the very center of our lives, no...

First Sunday of Lent

In the Spiritual Reflection chosen for this week, Pope Francis, reflecting on today’s short Gospel from St. Mark, says that the Lenten journey we have just begun takes place in “the desert of solitude,” which is also a place of “battle.” This may seem to be a...

Ash Wednesday

Today, as we begin the rich and holy Season of Lent, we submit ourselves to the discipline of Ash Wednesday. For the next Forty Days, we will prepare ourselves to enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery, the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus...

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The leper in today’s Gospel recognizes in Jesus the power to make him clean, but he is not demanding, arrogant, or controlling. He approaches the Lord in humility, kneeling down and begging. He surrenders himself, placing himself totally at the disposition of Jesus:...

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reality of human suffering has been a disturbing enigma for people of all cultures and all ages. It is often a mind-boggling and heartbreaking experience to bear suffering, or to see our loved ones burdened with it, especially when we feel that it is undeserved....