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Struggle and Consolation. The homily today explores the connection between receiving forgiveness and giving forgiveness. Going Behind the Word provides information about Azariah. Continue reading Struggle and Consolation: The Connection Between Forgiving and Being Forgiven: Homily for Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at The Friar.
I don't like group projects. The homily today focuses on the challenge to trust God when we are easily tempted to rely on ourselves. Going Behind the Word focuses on the Connection between the mystical Christ and the Body of Christ that is people we can see. Continue reading I Don’t Like Group Projects: And What That Says about My Relationship with God: Homily for Thursday, March 17, 2022 at The Friar.
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Prayers. This morning's homily discusses the first reading, a prime example of God's providence. Going Behind the Word explores the story of Queen Esther. Continue reading Desperate Times Call for Desperate Prayers: Homily for Thursday, March 10, 2022 at The Friar.
Lent is a time of year to focus on Repentance, Reflection, Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. I believe that if you really strive to work on all five of those things, you will get a lot out of Lent and feel a lot better about your spiritual life. Repentance is a big one, you repent every time you receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. From my own personal experience, I can tell you with full honesty that going to confession is like taking the best hot shower of your life. You are washed away of all sin with six words, "I absolve you from your sins." Continue reading Lent: A Time of Repentance, Reflection, Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: High School Lenten Reflection for Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at The Friar.
Meditations. The challenge for these meditations is that for a long time they were not widely circulated or known, even though they were read to the brothers on their yearly retreat. But in recent times, they have come to be seen as more important to Lasallian spirituality than originally thought. Continue reading How to Interpret the Meditations for the Time of Retreat – A Second Introduction: March 8, 2022 at The Friar.
How to pray. In today’s Gospel, Jesus educates his Disciples on how they are to pray. Jesus says that when praying “…Do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard of their many words. Do not be like them. Your father knows what you need before you ask Him”. Let’s break that down. Continue reading Jesus Teaches’ How to Pray: High School Lenten Reflection for Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at The Friar.
Our Father. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven so in earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And suffer us not to be led into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. Matthew 6:9 Continue reading Our Father: The Greatest Prayer from a Loving God: Homily for Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at The Friar.
Cracking the Code. To understand the French School of Spirituality it is necessary to remember that life was more than a little chaotic for France, and for the Church. Still digesting the teachings of the Council of Trent, and responding to the secular threats posed by the Enlightenment, it is easy to see why the French School of Spirituality could be harsh in its understandings between the human person and God. Continue reading Cracking the Code: Important Themes in the Writings of Saint John Baptist de la Salle: Meditations for the Time of Retreat: March 7, 2022 at The Friar.
Originality, It is one thing to simply mimic the work of someone else, but another thing altogether when the contribution you make to the body of work is original. The Originality of the work of De La Salle lies in his application of spirituality specifically to the work of teachers. Continue reading The Originality of a Great Saint: Meditations for the Time of Retreat – March 7, 2022 at The Friar.
Temptation. Every First Sunday of Lent features one of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) starts with a story of Jesus' temptation in the desert by Satan. If you are like me, you find it challenging that you are tempted. But many saints tell us that temptation and suffering is a sign of a loving God, not necessarily a bad thing. How can this be? Continue reading Give Thanks for Temptations: Sign of Care for a Loving God: Homily for Sunday, March 6, 2022 at The Friar.
Remain Faithful. In the Gospel today Jesus talks about the importance of remaining faithful. He says that the sinners strive for righteousness. If someone feels they are making bad decisions, they have the free will to start making good decisions. Jesus is the ultimate sign for repentance and forgiveness. Continue reading How to Remain Faithful: High School Reflection for Saturday, March 5, 2022 at The Friar.
Influencers. Every one of us is the result of a collection of relationships. Saint John Baptist de la Salle is no exception. From his good fortune of being born in a wealthy family which allowed him to be well educated, to is connection with people of faith and his study for a doctorate, Saint John Baptist de la Salle had a collection of influencers. Continue reading Influencers: John Baptist de La Salle (1571-1619) and the French School: Mediations for the Time of Retreat at The Friar.
Don't Be Sad. For example, if you decide you get coffee too much and you are going to give that up for Lent, you are saving money for yourself. With that money you planned on spending, anyway, why don’t you take that money and save it as a donation for a charity? Continue reading Don’t Be Sad: Jesus is always with us, that’s the secret: High School Reflection for Friday, March 4, 2022 at The Friar.
How Money Corrupted the Church in 16th Century France. It is said that nature abhors a vacuum, and that was certainly the case in France in the sixteenth century. A long civil war led to a chaotic society. The emptiness of the age led both the king and the Church to seek to fill this emptiness with money and power. Continue reading How Money Corrupted the Church: 16th Century France: Meditation in Time of Retreat: Introduction at The Friar.
Humble. When I reflected on the reading for today, the Gospel spoke about denying yourself to take up the cross and follow God. Lent is about focusing on others rather than yourself and repenting for your wrongdoings. Selflessness is a virtue that I have been working on throughout my life. It is something that my mother is proficient in. As I reflected on this gospel, it gave me the idea of something my parents preach to me, which is that life will humble every person. Continue reading Life Will Humble: Loving Lessons from Struggles: High School Lenten Reflections: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at The Friar.
Life and prosperity. Today's homily discusses what would seem to be an obvious choice. We can choose life and prosperity or death and doom. Who wouldn't choose life? We do not choose life when we fail to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Going Behind the word discusses how the first reading is an example of the steps of a covenant in the biblical world. Continue reading Life and Prosperity or Death and Doom: Your choice: Homily for Thursday, March 3, 2022 at The Friar.
Introduction. What was the secret of this priest from Reims that explains the perduring success his Institute has had, a success without precedent in history? We trace the writings of de la Salle to find out what his inspirational life says to us today. Continue reading Meditations for the Time of Retreat – Introduction – For Lent 2022 at The Friar.
How to Last Forever. The homily today contrasts the fleeting aspects of life we put a lot of energy into succeeding at, with our faith which often does not elicit as much effort or discipline from us. In Going Behind the Word, we offer a quick refresher on the meaning of the Season of Lent. Continue reading How to Last Forever: Embrace the Compassion of Jesus: Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at The Friar.
Presence of God. Numerous times a day the introduction is the same. "Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God." Every prayer begins this way. And is seems more and more needed in the world today. Things are not as the should be. That is obvious. Continue reading How to See the Loving Presence of God: The beginning of High School Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at The Friar.
Acknowledgements. Mediations by Saint John Baptist de la Salle. Today we add a new book to our growing collection of selections for the Friar Book Club. Continue reading Mediations by Saint John Baptist de la Salle – Acknowledgements – For Lent 2022 at The Friar.
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