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Prayer Reflection on the First Station of the Cross

The First Station of the Cross: Jesus is Condemned to Death Dear Jesus, you are the King of Kings and You are my King. Help me to show Your glory in the world; through everything that I say or do, let it all be a sign that points back to You. Let me speak of You with joy and live my life in a way that glorifies Yours. In the world, I feel condemnation for You from many different ‘Pilates’, sometimes even including myself. Help me to release You in my mind and in my heart to work in my…

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Cross And Mountain

The Crux Move This Lent

I love to go rock climbing. And living in the Mid-Atlantic region, I am blessed to live only a few hours away from one of the greatest rock climbing areas in the world, the Shawangunks in Gardiner, New York. There are hundreds of rock climbing routes spread over a series of cliffs. This is a picture of my son nearing the top of a climb. Every climb has a move that is called “the crux.” As the name implies, the crux move is the most challenging move on the route. The crux move is often midway through the climb or…

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A Season of Self-Forgetting

Cheese. It’s my weakness. My Kryptonite. My Achilles heel. Two years ago, I decided to give it up for Lent. Abstaining is supposed to be difficult, right? I told people of my goal, mostly so I’d go through with it. Friends looked frightened. Even my doctor, who I happened to see the day before Ash Wednesday, said, “Are you sure this is a good idea?” (I was hoping for more support considering the health benefits of my choice. He does, however, get points for knowing me.) So I went for it. I was all in. Until Day 2, when I…

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Considering The Baggage We Carry Along

The Journey to Calvary: prayerfully considering the baggage we carry along

I love to think of our faith journey as a personal pilgrimage we each take with Jesus. In the Gospel this past Sunday we journeyed with Jesus up to the top of a high mountain and beheld the Transfiguration along with Peter, James, and John. And perhaps, like the Apostles, we are eager to pitch our tents and remain on top of the mountain; but we are being called to move with Jesus towards another mountain – Calvary. Throughout these 40 days of Lent, we make our way across the valley and begin the climb once again. This 40-day journey is…

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Hearts, Ashes, & The Cross

I think it is so fitting that Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. While the restaurants in town have been carefully crafting specialty seafood dishes for their Catholic patrons to enjoy on Wednesday (a day of fasting and abstinence!) I have been reflecting on what it means for the season of Lent, which culminates with the celebration of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday), to begin on a day when people will be either celebrating or bemoaning love, or what they think love is. What do our 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving have…

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