April 22, 2014

A prayer of intercession for Earth Day: God in Creation

On behalf of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, we are pleased to share the following prayer of intercession for Earth Day. [More]
April 20, 2014

A reflection for Easter

We are pleased to share this Lenten reflection on behalf of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. [More]
April 13, 2014

A reflection for Palm Sunday

A Collision of Themes: The great triumphant procession of palms as well as the betrayed allegiances of the human heart are both woven into the Passion and the death of Jesus. [More]
April 7, 2014

A reflection for the fifth week of Lent

Recognizing Ourselves: The moment we recognize our inadequacy, our sin, our smallness before the greatness of the transcendent God, we are capable of truly being called out of ourselves. When God is heard to say, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah responds, “Here am I; send me!” He is empowered, not paralyzed. [More]
March 31, 2014

A reflection for the fourth week of Lent

Love is the chameleon that hides in the hue of everything and disappears into any context available. But not so fast. This love isn’t just anything. It involves heart and will, soul and life, mind and strength. It requires a covenantal fidelity. It makes demands. Love is not mere ardor; it is arduous. [More]
March 24, 2014

A reflection for the third week of Lent

Love. What verb does more work? What noun is more invoked? That’s the problem. The word “love” means too much and too little.
March 17, 2014

A reflection for the second week of Lent

Relinquishment - For many, death makes life a cruel joke. Simone de Beauvior said as much in Force of Circumstance, her bittersweet memoir of hopes, projects, and loves doomed to extinction. Bertrand Russell, in his own weighty autobiography, said that the entire sweep of human aspiration and accomplishment was little more than a dust heap before the deterioration of society.
March 10, 2014

A reflection for the first week of Lent

Death by water. Or death for lack of it. Whichever, they may well symbolize our deepest dreads. The biblical story of the Great Flood, with its harrowing destruction, is generally believed to include early Mesopotamian accounts of wide disaster. But the Hebrew and Christian traditions interpret it in the context of history made intelligible by God. It had moral and spiritual import, not only for the people but for the person. [More]
March 5, 2014

Prayer for today - a reflection for Ash Wednesday

Although we rarely pay attention to it, a great paradox haunts our practices of Lent. We go through these six weeks every year fairly easily; yet if we stopped to reflect seriously on what’s going on, it would be a shock. To our liberated American souls, it might even seem like an earthquake. [More]
February 11, 2014

22nd Annual World Day of the Sick

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them. [More]

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