March 31, 2013

Prayer for today – a reflection on Easter Sunday

From the waters of the River Jordan to the baptismal waters of the Easter Sunday service, we have traversed the period of Lent once again. We have journeyed with Jesus from the dry wasteland—Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness, where he faced hunger, thirst and temptation—to his glorious triumph over shame and death—the Resurrection. [More]
March 25, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on Palm Sunday

Washing one another’s feet, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked—here is the core of the sacrifice and the sacrament that Jesus modeled for all who would follow him. In the words of Richard of Chichister:

Merciful Friend, Brother, and Redeemer,
let me know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
March 18, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on the fifth week of Lent

Lent is a time for us to think seriously about who Jesus is and to renew our faith. We go deep inside, into the very depth of our souls, in order to begin our spiritual life all over again. Jesus supports us as we go about our busy, hectic lives. He is there when we are working and so busy that we are not even aware he is with us. Then, in the quiet of the end of day, we know Jesus has been with us every minute. Then, at the end of life, we know that he awaits us with shelter, rest and the peace that passes understanding. [More]
March 14, 2013

We joyfully welcome Pope Francis

We joyfully welcome Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Rome, leader of the worldwide Catholic Church and successor of Saint Peter the Apostle. Our prayers and support are with our new Pope. [More]
March 11, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on the fourth week of Lent

There is no time of the Christian year that stories are more important than now, in Lent. In the words of Sister Juliana Casey, to contemplate the Gospels, “is to re-enter the event and become present to the grace and power it manifests.” There is no more powerful story than the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through our rituals and traditions, through fasting and prayer and penitence, and doing good works, we become present to his grace and power. [More]
March 4, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on the third week of Lent

We can’t stay isolated in the wilderness forever. The wilderness is not a permanent condition but a preparation for what we are called to do in the name of God to relieve suffering in the world. Where there is pain, anguish, and distress, there also is potential for healing, joy and hope. [More]
February 25, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on the second week of Lent

Just as the wasteland symbolizes desolation of spirit, water symbolizes restoration and life. Jesus was baptized in the flowing waters of the River Jordan and was tempted in the hot, dry desert. Lent invites us to look within and to be aware of our desert places, our fears and our great thirst to be in the presence of God, now and forever. [More]
February 18, 2013

Prayer for today - a reflection on the first week of Lent

The crowd of people on the banks of the River Jordan had walked long distances to be there to hear the man known as John the Baptist. Perhaps, they thought, if they found themselves compelled to do so and brave enough, they would walk forward and be immersed in the river by the Prophet. On this day John told the crowd that he baptized using water, but that one was coming who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. [More]
February 13, 2013

Prayer for today – a Lenten reflection for Ash Wednesday

This is one of those years when Easter comes early. It feels like we are moving very quickly from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to Lent. Maybe everything happens more quickly these days. How can we turn ourselves around this quickly from the joy of the birth of Christ to the somber time of Lent? Yet here we are, taking on the ashes that remind us that our worldly life is short and our life in God is forever. [More]
January 30, 2013

Prayer for today

We pray to you, our good and gracious God,as a people who cherish the memories that are ours,and who claim a common history as a sacred gift. We ask you to renew your grace in us,that we might recognize your presence in our midstand hear the call of the gospelin the human needs that surround us. You have called us, your people, into the wildernessto travel your unknown ways. Make us strong to leave behind false security and comfort,and give us new hope in our calling;that the desert may blossom as a rose,and your promises may be fulfilled in us. Through the power of your compelling Spiritmay we grow in courage,that our actions may reflect the love we profess. We ask this in the glory of the resurrected Christ. Amen.

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