The beginning of Lent calls us to a change of heart and mind.
Lent bursts into our lives each year to give us the opportunity to ask the hard questions.
When we decide what to give up for Lent, we need to ask ourselves why we are giving it up.
We run from admitting that we're not perfect.
Lent is about simplification, purification, and getting priorities reestablished.
Meditation is a discipline, and you will appreciate this as soon as you try it.
A lot can happen in forty days and forty nights.
Although the commitment to reality demands solitude, it also opens us up to community.
Compassion is pure action issuing from purity of heart.
The strong, true subtleties of life win out over the habits of fantasy.
To change or repent means not only the content of our beliefs and ideas.
In peak experiences, we glimpse what life could really be like.
The whole world is Word by which we can live.
We can never understand loving unless we love.
To say "yes" to limitless mutual belonging is love.
When love is genuine, belonging is always mutual.
As we learn to really look with our eyes, we begin to look with our heart as well.
Most people's glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges.
"May the fiery and honey-sweet power of your love, O Lord, wean me from all things under heaven."
The servant is the Lord, and the Lord is the servant.
The embrace of Christ can at times feel like annihilation, like death itself...
He knew that they, the poor, are the face of Christ
Though prayer may seem like a cloud, at times, living the Gospel revealed to them the kingdom of God.
It was the ongoing battle with themselves to keep bearing the light.
What great mystery is here, that the Risen Christ is the Crucified Christ
Loving God, we love how you love us.
We don't have to make ourselves holy.
Forgiveness is of one piece.
If we cannot find a way to make our wounds into sacred wounds, we invariably become negative or bitter.
We must let ourselves be led by God and also by others.
You will soon be asked to let go of some part of your false self.
Think of the many, many stories about God choosing people.
The cross teaches us that we, like Jesus, give as much to others in our passivities as in our activities.
It’s helpful to know that Jesus was there before us, tasting just our kind of loneliness.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Little doses of what Jesus experienced on the cross appear in our lives.