Return to me, be reconciled!

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Ash Wednesday: Feb. 18, 2015
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Ashes and the 40 days

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Ash Wednesday: Feb. 18, 2015
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Ash Wednesday: Now is the day of salvation

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Ash Wednesday: March 5, 2014
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 (more…)

La Cuaresma y la batalla por el corazón

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Miércoles de Ceniza: 22 Febrero 2012
Jl 2, 12-18; Sal 50; 2 Cor 5, 20–6, 2; Mt 6, 1-6.16-18

Todo lo que Dios creó es bueno. Todo lo que Dios creó es bueno, y así merece ser amado.

El problema, nos dice San Agustín (en Ciudad de Dios y otras obras), es que amamos algunas cosas demasiado; o de una manera equivocada. Cuando, en el orden de cuánto deberíamos amar a personas y cosas, se ponen desordenados. Algo más bajo desplaza a algo más alto. Lo que está dentro de nuestro corazón se desordena. (more…)

Lent and the battle for the heart

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Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2012
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

Everything that God created is good. Everything that God created is good, and so is worthy of being loved.

The problem, St. Augustine tells us (in City of God and elsewhere), is when we love some things too much; or in the wrong way. When, in the order of things and persons that we should love more and less than each other, they get out of order. Something lower displaces something higher. Things within our heart get out of order. (more…)

Ash Wednesday: The battle is joined!

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Ash Wednesday: March 9, 2011
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

In this Gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord warns us not to do religious acts in order that people may see them. These are not for them; not for their eyes; not for their praise. They are for our Father in heaven who sees what is hidden.

And yet our Lord so much wants us to do these acts that he doesn’t even explicitly command them here but just takes them for granted: “when you give alms,” “when you pray,” “when you fast.”

And the fact is that these actions are for others. Not for their praise; but for their good, their benefit, their healing, their salvation.

In the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” there is a point when Jesus is carrying the cross, and he falls; (more…)