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INCH CLOSER, FATHER
What pure love that we have a heavenly Father who enters into the mess of things and inches closer to his beloved children!
The road back may be punishing, but punishment is not the road back.
THE REAL CAPTAIN MARVEL
Being marveled is not dependent on the thing itself but the sensitivity to see the inherent beauty in it.
TRUSTING IN GOD
Those who trust in God live a blessed life, like a tree planted by the water that never has to worry about changes in the weather.
VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND THE WORD
It’s not always easy to vulnerably open ourselves up and risk scrutiny. However, this Lent, let us remember the One who risked everything and vulnerably opened Himself up to us.
GOD’S UNNATURAL FAMILY
Joseph would not be the natural father of a child by Mary; instead, he would be the adoptive father to multitudes of children raised up by the reconciling work of Jesus.
WHEN LOVE IS GREATER
I’m convinced that the love that I ultimately express can only come through from God.
REMEMBERING ABRAHAM IN TIMES OF DESOLATION
Lord of all consolation, help us to always seek you. Give us strength and courage in times of desolation.
Perhaps Lent is a conspiracy of grace – an invitation to receive and witness grace that is deeply humbly as well as expansively freeing.
DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
This season, I sense a deep cry inside that gently but persistently calls me to return to the desert. Here, my soul can shed the false illusions and willfulness that ruled me.
MOURNING BECOMES GLADNESS
Lent is for rediscovering that we are created for the inextinguishable flame, not for ashes that immediately disappear.
Fear is often present when facing the unknown. However, if we let fear govern, we will only find ourselves running from the good.
THIS IS HOW YOU ARE TO PRAY
Sometimes, all I can do is trust in my Father, who art in Heaven, whose will and plans for me are better than I could ever dream.
POVERTY OF HEART
Perhaps what my husband or wife lacks, what my children lack, what my parents lack, is not clothes or food. Perhaps they lack love, because I do not give it to them.
ON BREAD ALONE
No matter how much we are able to accomplish by our own will, true contentment and peace will only come from resting in the assurance that God is always present in our lives.
Perhaps instead of wondering about how we are to follow Christ, we may reflect on the gift of this invitation to discipleship.
THE FASTING GOD WISHES
For a long time, I missed the deeply communal dimension of self-denial: to enrich others.
HOPE DURING TENSIONS
In these tensions I imagine an invitation to reconciliation.
How am I to make time this Lent to pause, to listen, and to notice God moving in my life?
I realized that the greatest risk in life is possibly not taking any risks.
COMPANIONS OF JESUS
Though I came to realize prayers are not answered with a single, dramatic event but through a gradual, sidewinding process.
DEEPLY IN LOVE
How will falling deeply in love with Jesus who is deeply in love with us decide what we do?
“Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." – Lk. 24:39
HUNTING THE GOD STUFF
It is an Ignatian practice to “find God in all things”. Could this be made easier by finding “good in all things?” Perhaps then, where there is good, there you will find God.
SEEING JESUS THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY MAGDALENE
Let us borrow the eyes of Mary Magdalene so we can love Jesus and be joyous that our dear friend and savior has risen.
ON THE WAY
As I walk in faith and trust, the path reveals itself beneath my feet.
FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION, OUR SUPERPOWER
Our superpower comes from trusting in God who redeems more than rescues. Our stories will end well because they're part of God’s bigger picture.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE PRESENT MOMENT
Where is God revealing Himself in the here and now?
LOOK UPON HIM
What if I imagined Jesus looking at me, addressing me by name, saying: “Jen, take them out. Take out my nails.”
TO SUFFER WITH AND LIKE YOU HAVE
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." - Lk 22:42
I AM NOT DISGRACED
God gives me gifts and talents to be more than I can ever imagine. I am not defined by my sins. I am not disgraced. I am a child of God.
WE ALL HAND OTHERS OVER TO SUFFERING
When we are willing to confess that we often hand those we love over to suffering, even against our best intentions, we encounter God’s forgiving love.
DYING BEFORE RISING
Grace has no context without the honesty of the deep need of it.
WHERE AM I?
Through the years, I have come to greater understanding that in order to live fully, I must allow myself to be seen.
HIDE & SEEK
I’ve been so busy telling God where he is not welcome, that I missed his invitation to “come and just be.”
CALLED TO HOPE
Everything about the readings today speaks of the coming darkness of the end of Lent and Good Friday; however, there is hope.
PROMISES OF LOVE IN AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
God did not make a contract with us; God forged a covenant with us, and God wants our relationships with one another to reflect that covenant.
The peace that Jesus offers is one that transcends the limitations of this world and provides a freedom that glimpses what is to come.
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AS GOD IN US
The great mystery of the contemplative life is not that we see God in the world, but that God within us recognizes God in the world.
AWAKENED LIVES: ABRAHAM AND ST. JOSEPH
What are our lives' defining moments? What moved our hearts from stagnation to significance? What is currently moving our hearts?
We may be invited to wait where things seem difficult or painful, yet turn to Christ. The God of surprises will bring greater life in ways we least expect.
STANDING WITH THE MARGINALIZED
I have come to experience that Jesus is always inviting us to gather people, not necessarily ‘convert’ them.
ACCEPTING OUR BROKENNESS - AND LIVING IT
Jesus invited us to embrace our brokenness as he embraced the cross and live it as part of our mission
THE ILLUMINATING PROMISES of GOD’s LOVE
How is God walking with you in the promises he has made to you? In what ways is he cultivating your heart into a garden?
STANDING ROOM ONLY
When my prayer begins to feel like a narrow corner with no escape, perhaps I am the one who boxed God in and not the other way around.
ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE HEALED
During this Lenten season, let us listen to Jesus’ question, “Do you want to be well?”
SADNESS & JOY
I experienced a joyful funeral that helped me welcome anew other deaths in my life.
JESUS, BE WITH ME
When I position myself to listen and look at Him in the most vulnerable part of my day, I am intentionally and gently acknowledging my friendship and need for Him.
Do I overlook my own sinfulness and control God's favor over me by doing things for Christ instead of with Christ?