Lent

Two Thirsts

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/17/2017

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Third Sunday of Lent–Lent March 19, 2017 “Give me a drink.” (John 4:9) Two Thirsts We have two thirsts—natural and supernatural. Naturally we thirst for: Water, as the Samaritan woman thirsted,  Clean instead of polluted water, Peace not War, Knowledge and truth, Jobs and better wages. Supernaturally, what are our desires? Healthy spirituality, A full, […]

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Tent Dwellers

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/10/2017

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Second Sunday of Lent–Lent March 12, 2017 “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here…” (Matthew 17:4a) Tent Dwellers Peter, do you remember the overwhelming moment on Mount Tabor? You made your “three tents” suggestion to Jesus. Remember? You had just experienced the Transfiguration of Jesus. […]

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Temptations – Giving-Up and Giving-In

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/05/2017

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First Sunday of Lent–Lent March 5, 2017 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) Temptations—Giving-Up And Giving-In One year has past. Churches world-wide begin the Springtime of Lent. Traditionally we pray, fast and give alms. We try to give up: time, food and money. […]

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Ash Wednesday Lent – Cycle A

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/01/2017

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March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday Lent – Cycle A What does the Prophet Isaiah proclaim about fasting? “Thus says God…This, rather, is the fasting I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke;  Setting free  the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the […]

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Fickle Faith

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/20/2016

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Palm Sunday — Cycle B March 20, 2016 (This poem was originally posted on April  1, 2012) Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields…crying out: “Hosanna!”(Mark 11:8-9b) Fickle Faith Friend or foe? Who goes there? “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the […]

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Sticks and Stones

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/11/2016

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Fifth Sunday of Lent — Cycle C March 13, 2016 “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7b) Do you remember children on a playground chanting, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” Sticks and Stones In […]

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