Repent and believe the good news! These words from the Ash Wednesday liturgy remind us of our call to live in such a way that we do proclaim the good news. The readings for this Sunday are a good preparation for the days of Lent, which begin on Wednesday. The stories of the lepers can […]
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by Delores Dufner, OSB A budget is a moral document. It shows the priorities of an individual, a corporation, or a nation. How we invest our money expresses our values and demonstrates in a concrete way what is important to us. Seventy years ago, the Central American nation of Costa Rica decided to spend less […]
by Ruth Feeney, OSB There had been a misunderstanding between friends. They parted with static filling the air and leaving hurt feelings. Weeks past and memory of that unfortunate exchange was forgotten . . . at least by one of them. Later, the two unexpectedly met on the street. The happy-go-lucky person showed excitement on […]
by Carol Berg, OSB In Catholic Church schedules, Ordinary Time is that which comes between or outside major feasts and seasons of the church– such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. One can be on the mountain tops or down in the meadows and valleys. We have the highs and the lows in our […]
by Miriam Ardolf, OSB Don Piper relates his true experiences in his book 90 Minutes in Heaven. He was in a car accident, died, went to heaven for 90 minutes and got sent back to earth. His future was extreme pain over the years as he went through 32 surgeries. Don was a minister, independent […]
“Amen,” I say when I receive the body and blood of Christ at Eucharist. The “amen” of my response is a simple word. Yet, at the same time, “amen” is a word that confirms for me that the bread and wine I am receiving is Christ. In receiving Christ through the bread and wine during a Eucharist celebration, no […]
by Joyce Iten, OSB Let’s hope we are still in the spirit of giving and are trying to give with hands called “Eskimo hands.” The term “Eskimo hands” is described by Edward Hays in his book, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, and refers to an Eskimo artist who drew or carved large holes in a human figure’s […]
by Owen Lindblad, OSB Winter is more than half over – or so we think. There is still March. Here, sheltered between bone chilling January and rambunctious March, stands February, a gentle month surrounded by hearts of love. Therefore, no matter what the weather, the magic quality of the earth calls us to realize our […]
by Joyce Iten, OSB American tradition and folklore have designated February 2 as Groundhog Day, when the groundhog checks the weather outside his den in Punxsutawney, PA, predicting 6 more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow, or early spring without a shadow. Christian tradition has designated February 2 as Candlemas day, the day […]
by Renee Domeier, OSB My fifth and sixth graders of yesteryear loved the Feast of Candlemas that occurs on February 2nd each year! They loved the fact that art and music and liturgy all seemed to enfold the mystery of Light. . . since the focus of Candlemas is to bless all the candles that […]