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Month: April, 2011

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Forty

Grace Forty: An Everyday Faith Fourteen years ago this evening, I was received into the Catholic Church in a brief but beautiful ceremony during the Easter Vigil Mass. In one fell swoop, I received the Sacrament of Confirmation and made my public profession of fidelity: “I believe and hold to be true all that the [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Nine

Grace Thirty-Nine: Mother of Sorrows Morning. 6:00 am You never really slept last night, and now the ache is settling in. At 47, you are already quite old, and your body is beginning to betray you. This rootless existence you’ve led since your husband died isn’t helping any. Without warning an image floats into your [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Eight

Grace Thirty-Eight: A Busy Day You awoke today just a few miles from the city, in the village of Bethany, near the home of your friends Mary and Martha, and their father Lazarus. You could have stayed with them, as you had so many times before, but you chose to spend last night in the relative discomfort [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Seven

Grace Thirty-Seven: St. Thérèse and the “Little Way”   Yesterday’s meditation was on the subject of humility. Humility, it was noted, is the necessary antecedent to a thorough examination of conscience, which is itself the prerequisite for genuine confession and reconciliation. Today, I write about a woman who made humility a deliberate way of life [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Six

Grace Thirty-Six: Humility Yesterday, I wrote about the examination of conscience as a necessary antecedent to confession and reconciliation. Today, the topic is humility, which is itself the necessary antecedant to a thorough examen. In his classic, Humility of Heart, Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo wrote:  “In Paradise there are many saints who never gave alms [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Five

Grace Thirty-Five: The Examination of Conscience As noted in my third reflection, the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been one of the signal graces of my journey into and with the Church.  Today, as we move into Holy Week, I would like to highlight the antecedent step in the process of reconciliation: the examination of conscience. [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Four

Grace Thirty-Four: The Apologists My journey into the Church began in late 1989 and continued for nearly seven years, until the Easter Vigil 1997, when I was reconciled. During most of that time I traveled alone, without the benefit of any Catholic intimates, much less the direction and guidance of a priest or religious. In [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Three

Grace Thirty-Three: The Stations of the Cross The Stations of the Cross is, to me, the Christian devotion par excellence. It’s a beautiful blend of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, a Christ-centered meditation on suffering and salvation but with enough participation by ordinary characters to allow anyone to read themselves into it. Right now I’m [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Thirty-Two

Grace Thirty-Two: Stories I grew up in a home saturated by the Scriptures. My mom in particular was and is a lover of all things Old Testament, and so the stories of my youth were largely drawn from the Jewish Bible: Noah and the flood; Abraham and the offering of Isaac; Sodom & Gomorrah; Joseph [...]