FROM OUR EDITORS—February 18, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 13, 2018

  Find Lenten activities at the end of this reflection. Find Lessons for RCIA Scrutinies here. This Sunday’s Gospel begins with “The Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.” I find this wording striking and worth reflection. The Spirit drove him. This word means to compel, force, or prod. Perhaps Jesus, in his humanity, was much like us [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—February 18, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Author: David Dziena ~ February 13, 2018
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  Mark 1:12–15 In the Sunday Gospel, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days. The desert is a place of testing, but it is also a place to be close to God. Jesus’ time in the desert calls us to make Lent a season of growth, a season for developing habits […]

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Lessons for RCIA Scrutinies

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 13, 2018

Lent is an ideal time for reflecting on the meaning of our baptism and how well we are following Christ with our lives. In many of our parishes, we have adults (and often children of catechetical age) who are preparing to be initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the […]

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Catholics Don’t Just Give Up

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 13, 2018
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For Catholics, our Lenten practices are not just things we “give up.” Our intentions are different from our well-meaning resolutions—those things that many of us resolved to do just seven weeks ago. During Lent, we stop certain habits that may distract us and take on practices to help us walk more closely with Jesus. There […]

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Saint Katharine Drexel

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 2018
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Born into a wealthy family, Katharine Drexel and her sisters learned at an early age that wealth was a gift to be shared. Several days each week, the sisters helped as their parents opened their home to feed the poor. Learn more about the girl who would grow to become Saint Katherine Drexel (1858–1955), patron […]

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Share, Care, Prepare

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 2018
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Even the youngest children can understand that Lent invites us to share, care, and prepare. Each of us is called to share what we have, care for others, and prepare ourselves for Easter through prayer and meaningful sacrifices. Children may think that because they don’t have their own money, they don’t have anything to share. […]

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