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Community in Solitude

“I see families huddled in hospital parking lots, unable to accompany their dying loved ones. They are the disciples who stood off and away, watching Jesus expire in agony. The nurses and doctors are the sacred women who stood vigil at the foot of the cross…”

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Palm Sunday

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to gather together this Holy Week. It is an invitation to celebrate and reflect in solitude. When the gift of solitude is fostered, the gift of community begins to emerge. We then become aware of our unity with the mystical Body of Christ, and a deep solidarity with the suffering of the world grows within us, and we become more empathetic and vulnerable in our encounters with others.”

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Squinting into the Sunlight

“In uncertain times, (such as the pandemic through which our world is presently suffering), people of faith struggle with the question, ‘What is God doing in all of this?’”

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Wells in the Wildnerness

“It’s at the desert well where humanity fills the human need of the divine and the divine meets the eternal need of the human. It’s a symbiotic and synergistic relationship…”

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St. Patrick’s Day 2020

Listen to “Patrick’s Fire,” by Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning from the album, “Patrick.”

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Luminous Windows

“And so when the window of the soul becomes illumined with God’s presence, it’s good to bask in it as we would in our own homes as the morning sun streams through the windows. It’s good to sit in silence for a bit, and then to “rise, and not be afraid” of whatever befalls us the rest of the day: whether the events turn out to be terrible, spectacular, or mundane.”

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Trauma and Transformation

“The spiritual journey begins when we’re no longer driving away from the desert, but being “led by the Spirit” into it. For some, this initiation comes as a slight stirring in the heart, and for others, it arrives in the form of a complete overturning of life circumstances.”

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These Ashes We Must Wear

“The ashes call us to return to our origin and look forward to our destiny: the dust of the earth…”

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Lent

“We journey in the Spirit with Jesus in His wilderness temptation, His transfiguration, His rejection by the chief priests, His suffering, crucifixion, and burial. As we enter into the spiritual realities of these ever present events in the earthly life of Christ, we experience a profound depth of implosive and explosive joy at His resurrection from the dead.”

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