Friday, March 31, 2006

Remembering ...

Terri Schiavo on the first anniversary of her death.

Today begins a weekend of remembrance, and it is no coincidence that along the stretch of days from March 31 to April 2 are juxtaposed the deaths of Terri Schindler Schiavo and Pope John Paul II. As we experienced this other Triduum last year, we were likely too immersed in grief to understand the lessons of grace in those days, but as we experience remembrance this year, let our hearts be open to seeing the love and life of God and hearing God's voice "speak the Truth in love!"

Friday, March 24, 2006

What Kind of Writer Are You?

You Should Be a Film Writer
You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Thought for Today

"Conversion can only truly happen
when our thirst for God
meets the even more powerful thirst of God for us."

(Excerpt from Fr. Joe's homily for the Third Sunday of Lent 2006)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Saint Patrick

Whether you observe today as a Lenten Friday or Saint Patrick's Day or a little bit of both, may your heart be warmed by the fire of God's love and may the Trinity grace you in a special way today with a sprinkling of faith, hope, and love!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Portrait of Me by ???

An interesting exercise I found at Susan Rose's.

Who Should Paint You: M.C. Escher

Open and raw, you would let your true self show for your portrait.

And even if your painting turned out a bit dark, it would be honest.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Along This Lenten Journey

Already approaching the Second Sunday of Lent, can you believe it? Time continues to march on steadily. As it does, I pause to ask myself, "How is my Lent?" and "How is my journey towards Easter going?"

"Community," as I noted in my previous post, has emerged as the central guiding theme, or perhaps better said a central dimension of the Lenten experience, this Lent. For the most part, clearly this "community" this year has been my parish community. Having the opportunity to participate in Pax Christi and Liturgy meetings have actually deepened the Lenten experiences of prayer, fellowship, and mutual support as we experience Lent as the journey towards Easter.

At the same time, I am aware that there are other significant communities of which I am a part and which, in their own respective ways, energize me, for example, the religious community of which I am an Associate, the religious communities who have been woven as part of the fabric of my life through friendship, and the still developing community of fellow sojourners here in the blogosphere.

So, as I ask myself my two "check-in" questions, I invite you, too, if you haven't had the opportunity to pause at Tabor, behold the glory of Jesus transfigured, and contemplate your Lenten journey towards Easter.

Peace and all good things!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

" ... Rise Again from Ashes ..."

It's Ash Wednesday, and it's also the first day of March. A fitting God-incidence, I think, that these two beginnings should coincide. There's much to ponder today, but throughout these days of reflecting on the beginning of Lent, one theme has been very present: community.

We live Lent not only for ourselves or by ourselves but in and for the community as well. We look internally and seek renewal so that in becoming more of who God calls us to be the Body of Christ may also be built up and strengthened and made more whole. So my guiding question this year is not so much what will I do but who will I be(come).

What is your guiding question this Lent?