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The Lord's Easy Yoke

Matthew Meditations Scripture

The Lord's Easy Yoke

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus This is one of those Scripture passages that makes me stop, re-read, pray through it, and in the end still not understand fully what is being said. With the first verse I am all excited. After all I need rest, I labour, and sometimes I feel like I'm being crushed by my load - my work, family, and other activites. However, as I read on I hear two mentions of a yoke. I know that a yoke is used to tie beasts of burden to farm or work implements. So, my question...

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Into the Night

John Lent2017 Poetry Scripture

Into the Night

Wednesday of Holy Week John 13:21-33, 36-38 The sadness of Christ for the coming sin this one shared his table his cup, once a friend. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I One who sits and sups one who witnessed all one who values passing things one who Satan calls Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I. Upon his breast his beloved this morsel do you see to him whom I give one last attempt a friend to be. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely,...

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The Garden of our Soul

John Lent2017 Meditations Scripture

The Garden of our Soul

Monday of Holy Week (John 12:1-11) I recently gave a parish mission and one of the topics covered confession with special emphasis on the value of frequent confession. While studying in preparation I discovered this wonderful quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul's progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the...

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Fasting

Lent2017 Matthew Scripture

Fasting

Friday after Ash Wednesday In a letter to his brothers in the Society of the Servants of the Poor Saint Jerome writes the following: "In his kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of his miracles. He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and universal scorn....he desires to include you among his beloved sons...for this is the way he treats his friends and makes them holy. ...he is asking you to grow continually...

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Lambs among Wolves: A Poem

Luke Meditations Poetry Scripture

Lambs among Wolves: A Poem

Luke 10:1-9 From the dark the wolves do watch as naked lambs travel to and fro no bag, no cloak, no sandals as to every town they go. Messengers of the One to come to each house they bleet out peace announcing to all the Kingdom of God and His eternal feast. To make such a feast the field must yield its bounty in due time but laborers are few so pray the good Lord send those to tend, to prune and hive. The bleeting peace does go out and often times returns But those who accept that potent peace...

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