The Way of the Cross

  • Jesus Falls The Second Time Joan Chittister
    From: The Way of the Cross The Experience The problem with life is that it never really gets resolved.  What’s more, the same issue that tested our mettle the first time we attempted it leaves us in doubt that we should ever attempt it again.  The things that confuse us the first time we deal with them are just as likely to make us wonder about them the second time around as well.  Certainty is a chimera.  All we really know for sure is that what we did last time in dealing with a [...]
  • Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus Joan Chittister
  • Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross Joan Chittister
  • Jesus Meets His Mother Joan Chittister
  • Jesus falls the first time Joan Chittister
  • Jesus Takes Up His Cross Joan Chittister
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  • The Way of the Cross Joan Chittister
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POETRY: Spring Forward, by Abigail Carroll

The crocuses have nudged themselves up through the snow, have opened, never are opening, always daring, Ephemeral prophets, first of the sun’s spring projects, purple- throated chorus of will-have-beens— year after year, their oracles outlast them. Cold’s empire has not yet been undone, but the cardinals have begun to loudly declare its undoing, which is as good as the thing itself, as good as the gutters’ wild running, the spilling of rain down the tar-slick roof, the [...]

Lent With the Saints

  • Gianna Beretta Molla — A Mother's Total Offering Greg Friedman
    From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; John 5:17-30 One of the most affectionate lines in all of scripture occurs in our First Reading today: Can a mother forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb?  Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. The beautiful comparison of God’s love to that of a mother for her child is captured in the life of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla.  Born in northern Italy in 1925, she pursued a [...]

Lenten prayers

  • It Was In This Word's Passion That Catherine of Siena
    the fire hidden under our ashes began to show itself completely and generously by splitting open his most holy body on the wood of the cross. And it was to draw the soul’s affection to high things, and to bring the mind’s eye to gaze into the fire, that your eternal Word wanted to be lifted up high. From there you have shown us love in your blood, and in your blood you have shown us your mercy and generosity. In this blood you have shown how our sin weighs you down. In this blood [...]

Windows Into the Light

  • Fourth Sunday In Lent Michael Sullivan
    From: Windows Into the Light Gracious Father, whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, came down from Heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) You are always welcoming me back to the feast, God, no matter how far I stray, no matter what I do, or what I say.  Let me see that you have always loved me and that [...]
  • Third Sunday in Lent Michael Sullivan
  • Window Four — Second Sunday In Lent Michael Sullivan
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To Be In Christ

  • To Think In Christ Hubert van Zeller
    Saint Paul exhorts us to “have the mind of Christ.”  He knows that if we think as Jesus thinks we shall be living in charity, and he will be living in us.  It must follow that our works, values, decisions, and prayers will carry the seal of his spirit.  There are three things which characterize a Christian, says Saint Gregory of Nyssa in his Christian Perfection, namely action, speech, thought.  The origin of every word is thought.  After thinking comes speech, which reveals in [...]

Lenten meditations

Lenten poetry

  • The Doubter's Prayer Anne Brontë

    POETRY: The Doubter’s Prayer, by Anne Brontë

    Eternal Power, of earth and air! Unseen, yet seen in all around, Remote, but dwelling everywhere, Though silent, heard in every sound. If e’er thine ear in mercy bent, When wretched mortals cried to Thee, And if, indeed, Thy Son was sent, To [...]
  • Evening Prayer Scott Cairns

    POETRY: Evening Prayer, by Scott Cairns

    And what would you pray in the troubled midst of this our circular confusion save that the cup be taken away? That the chill and welling of the blood might suffer by His hushed mercy to abate, to calm the legion dumb anxieties as each now clamors to [...]
  • Catechism Brett Foster

    POETRY: Catechism, by Brett Foster

    What sort of belief would you say is yours? Porous. Calibrated to the times. The week. In what ways has superflux affected you? Too much esteem. Tuned finely to the body’s work. What do you fear has not been delivered? The disease of courage. [...]
  • the ballad of mary's son langston hughes

    POETRY: The Ballad Of Mary’s Son, by Langston Hughes

    It was in the Spring The Passover had come. There was feasting in the streets and joy. But an awful thing Happened in the Spring— Men who knew not what they did Killed Mary’s Boy. And the Son of God was He— Sent to bring the whole world [...]
  • The Road To Damascus: 6 Tania Runyan

    POETRY: The Road To Damascus: 6, by Tania Runyan

    I have sinned, I said. I want eternal life, I said. That was the moment. I wanted nothing but God. I wanted a cheeseburger. I wanted nothing at all. Finally, I wanted it all settled. I folded by hands and spoke To the carpet. I folded my hands and [...]
  • Lent George Herbert

    POETRY: Lent, by George Herbert

    Welcome dear feast of Lent: who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authority, But is composed of passion. The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church says, now: Give to your Mother, what you would allow To every Corporation. It ‘s true, we [...]
  • e tenebris oscar wilde

    POETRY: E Tenebris, by Oscar Wilde

    Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand, For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon on thy lake of Galilee: The wine of life is spilt upon the sand, My heart is as some famine-murdered land, Whence all good things have perished utterly, [...]
  • Acoustics Amit Majmudar

    POETRY: Seventeens — Acoustics, by Amit Majmudar

    A hand must pass the strings for them to sound. The absence of the touch is what resounds. Axon for axon, we are strung, we are A kind of neurological guitar A star has strummed to music. Our musician Has touched us once, gone quiet now to listen— [...]
  • New Mexico 1992 Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    POETRY: New Mexico, 1992, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    We learned to make the sign of the cross, Dipping earth stained hands in Catholic Waters. We’ve filled the desert with our altars We prayed our rosaries, played them, Rubbed them, clutched them– rattles in the wind Swaying back and [...]
  • Blood In The Snow Gregory Spencer

    POETRY: Blood In The Snow, by Gregory Spencer

    I have yet to see a crimson cardinal, though Virginia boasts he’s there waiting on some blossomed branch whistling. Perhaps a blood-red bird will soon appear against this winter-white ash that floats down graceful from God’s chimney. Our [...]
  • prayer poem thomas more

    POETRY: A Prayer, by Thomas More

    Grant I thee pray such heat into mine heart, That to this love of thine may be equal; God grant me from Satan’s service to astart, With whom me rueth so long to have be thrall; Grant me good Lord and creator of all, The flame to quench of all [...]
  • Ash Wednesday T. S. Eliot

    POETRY: Ash Wednesday, by T. S. Eliot

    Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden, Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still Even among these rocks, Our peace in His will And even among these rocks [...]

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Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

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