Pastoral Reflections

March 2018

Mar 25

March 25, 2018

Today we begin our journey through Holy Week. The shouts of “Hosanna,” for Jesus and the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Mark, set us on the road that will lead to the glory of the great three days of Easter, the Sacred Triduum. That term “Triduum,” is a Latin word that means “a space for three...
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Mar 18

March 18, 2018

This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Jesuit Novitiate in Los Angeles. I have a close friend who ministers at the Novitiate and I try to make it down to see him once or twice a year. I always enjoy being in that place as it provides me time with my friend, time to get to know a new class of Jesuit novices, and...
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Mar 11

March 11, 2018

In my Bulletin Column for the First Sunday of Lent, I reflected on the Lenten discipline of prayer. In that reflection, I described how the traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are an integrated whole. The starting point of prayer is a chance to re-focus ourselves on being good stewards of our time, that is, on setting...
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Mar 4

March 4, 2018

When speaking of the poorest people in Calcutta, with whom she ministered, St. Mother Teresa famously said that “each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” Mother Teresa was referring to the famous scene in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus tells a parable of the final judgment, when those who served those in need...
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