Ash Wednesday

One of the purposes of Lent is to awaken within us an awareness of our desperate need to be reconciled to God, so that we will return to him with our whole heart. Ash Wednesday places before us the opportunity and the challenge to admit our sinfulness and our need of...

Introduction to the Ashen Triduum

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, but the First Week of Lent begins with the First Sunday. This leaves the three days between Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday in an unusual liturgical interval; they are part of Lent, but not part of the weeks of Lent. Their official...

Seasonal Introduction to Lent

The liturgy has brought us through Advent, Christmas, and Ordinary Time before Lent, always guiding us to a fuller life in Christ. As we pondered words of wisdom for the formation of our mind and heart, we were brought to experience the power of the real presence of...

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today we enter into Holy Week, the heart of the Church’s liturgical year. All of our prayer and sacrifice throughout Lent have prepared us for this time. In this week we make a special effort to put aside any distractions and follow the Lord as he leads us through his...

Fifth Sunday of Lent

The readings for this Sunday are full of a spirit of rejoicing in the great things that the Lord has done for his people. The Responsorial Psalm sums up this theme with these words: “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.” Reflecting on how the...