Category Archives: spirituality

Lenten Reflections: Praying One Word At A Time

A retired priest in my city has been in failing health for several months. I knew Father Patrick Geary almost twenty years ago when he was one of the archdiocese’s senior pastors in another city where we served in adjacent … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: The Bookends of Sleep

Often I reference John Veltri’s work Orientations. My very first spiritual director shared the book with me over thirty years ago. I long ago misplaced my copy, and so was glad to find it online. One piece I have struggled … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Wild Beasts and Angels

Your parish cleric will proclaim one of the shorter Gospel readings in the Sunday Lectionary this weekend, just four verses of Mark 1, 12-15. At Mass last night I was struck by the companions of Jesus in the desert, according … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Worthiness

In a letter to Dorothy Day, (cited on the HuffPo last year) Thomas Merton wrote: Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. I love this quote. It occurred to me it … Continue reading

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Joel Anticipates Max

When I heard this line from the first reading this morning, I immediately thought of our friend Atheist Max: Spare your people, LORD! do not let your heritage become a disgrace, a byword among the nations! Why should they say among … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: An Examen For Ash Wednesday

Few saints I think of are better companions into Lent than Ignatius of Loyola. His spirituality is tailor-made for a serious lay person. I find he balances a certain rigor with a realization that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, … Continue reading

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Ignatian Lent Retreat

I know Kevin O’Brien’s book, so it seems this retreat would be a fruitful and worthy way to explore Lent with the Lord Jesus. Adventure: I like that. It would have been inspiring to me as a young person back … Continue reading

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