What Did You Give Up For Lent? (by Rev. Fr. Yanchy Lacska)

Growing up in a Roman Catholic family in the 1950-60s meant abstaining from meat every Friday. I still remember nostalgically those Friday night suppers of fish sticks or tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. But during Lent, in addition to our meatless Fridays, our family tradition was to abstain from sweets except fruit. This meant six…

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True Love (by Dorene King, OSB)

My memories of Grandma King included the attack of the red ant. At the heightened age of seven, I scaled a sandy hill near her house. After sliding and regaining my foothold, I succeeded in obtaining its summit. My accomplishment was overshadowed by something that didn’t feel right.

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Like a Weaned Child on its Mother’s Lap (by Luce Marie Dionne, OSB)

This Advent I decided to spend more time reflecting on the Incarnation and the Holy Family. I think what propelled my spirit was not only the external world issues at out doorsteps, but like for every human person on earth, I am trying to be at peace amidst it all. Also, we have lost some of our energy due to the pandemic,

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Ensouled Animals (by Dawn Carrillo)

I recently read this passage by theologian and Franciscan sister, Ilia Delio. It came to me at a time when I have been watching the decline in and nearness of death for our family dog, Frodo, a best friend, brother, confidante, and constant companion for my 18-year-old son, Gabe, for most of his life. Many…

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There Lives the Dearest Freshness (by Jim Smith)

I work in an industry that is regularly pummeled in media op-eds, especially during the last year and more of a disease pandemic. To read these perspectives is to be given a picture of the industry’s employees as uncaring and unqualified. To the contrary… To spend any time in the vast majority of this industry’s…

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Carried into the Harbor of Light by Centering Prayer (by Lezlie Oachs)

“Let no one who has cultivated the practice of contemplative prayer grow discouraged and say, ‘If I end up reverting to my old ways, it would be better for me to give up prayer altogether.’ I believe things will get worse if the person abandons prayer and refuses to quit his bad habits. But if…

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Lenten Blessings (by Dawn Carrillo)

While we are not yet able to physically come together for communal prayer, we are grateful for technology and the many ways it enables us to keep connected, continuing to hold one another in loving care. We invite you to join in this short prayer service, knowing that we are praying with you and for you…

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