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LENTEN RETREAT

Thoughts from the Charcoal Fire

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BASKING in the warmth of the charcoal fire Jesus has lit through our Lenten Retreat; sitting in the glow of His nearness and Presence; listening to the ripples of His ineffable Mercy gently caressing the shore of my heart… I have a few random thoughts left over from our forty days of reflection.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on April 5th, 2016 | No Comments »

Let Him Rise in You!

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JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE TOMB!

…now let Him rise in you,

that again, He may walk among us,

that again, He may heal our wounds

that again, He may dry our tears

and that again, we may look into His eyes of love.

May the Risen Jesus rise in you

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Night of Faith

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 40

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AND so, we have come to the end of our retreat… but I assure you, it is just the beginning: the beginning of the great battle of our times. It is the beginning of what St. John Paul II called…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

Our Lady, Co-Pilot

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 39

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IT’s certainly possible to purchase a hot air balloon, set it all up, turn on the propane, and begin to inflate it, doing it all on one’s own. But with the help of another experienced aviator, it would become so much easier, quicker and safer to get into the skies.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT, MARY | on March 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

Following in the Crucified’s Footsteps

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 38

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THUS far in our retreat, I have mainly focused on the interior life. But as I said a few days ago, the spiritual life is not only a calling into communion with God, but a commission to go out into the world and…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Ties that Bind

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 37

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IF there are “tethers” that we must detach from our hearts, that is, worldly passions and inordinate desires, we most certainly want to be bound by the graces that God Himself has given for our salvation, namely, the Sacraments.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Untethering the Heart

LENTEN RETREAT
 Day 36

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THE “hot air balloon” represents one’s heart; the “gondola basket” is the will of God; the “propane” is the Holy Spirit; and the two “burners” of love of God and neighbour, when lit by the “pilot light” of our desire, fill our hearts with the Flame of Love, enabling us to soar toward union with God. Or so it would seem. What is it that is still holding me back…?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

On Time and Distractions

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 35

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OF course, one of the great obstacles and seeming tensions between one’s interior life and the exterior demands of one’s vocation, is time. “I don’t have time to pray! I’m a mother! I don’t have time! I work all day! I’m a student! I travel! I run a company! I’m a priest with a big parish… I don’t have time!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

The Second Burner

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 34

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NOW here is the thing, my dear brothers and sisters: the interior life, like a hot air balloon, has not one, but two burners. Our Lord was very clear about this when He said:

You shall love the Lord your God…[and]  You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:33)

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Soaring in the Spirit

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 33

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THOMAS Merton once said, “There are a thousand ways to the Way.” But there are some foundational principles when it comes to the structure of our prayer-time that can help us advance more quickly toward communion with God, especially in our weakness and struggles with distraction.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

Praying Heavenward

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 32

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THE beginning of prayer is desire, desire to love God, who has loved us first. Desire is the “pilot light” which keeps the burner of prayer lit, always ready to mingle with the “propane” of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who then ignites, animates, and fills our hearts with grace, enabling us to begin the ascent, along the Way of Jesus, to union with the Father. (And by the way, when I say “union with God”, what I mean is a real and actual union of wills, desires, and love such that God lives totally and freely in you, and you in Him). And so, if you have stayed with me this long in this Lenten Retreat, I have no doubt that the pilot light of your heart is lit and ready to burst into flame!

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 17th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Goal of Prayer

LENTEN RETREAT
Day 31

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I have to laugh, because I am the last person I would have ever imagined to be speaking about prayer. Growing up, I was hyper, constantly moving, always ready to play. I had a hard time sitting still at Mass. And books, to me, were a waste of good playtime. So, by the time I graduated from high school, I had probably read less than ten books in my whole life. And while I did read my Bible, the prospect of sitting down and praying for any length of time was challenging, to say the least.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, LENTEN RETREAT | on March 16th, 2016 | No Comments »