New at Fr Leo McKernan’s parish

April 27, 2011

On [First] Friday, May 6th, St Monica’s parish in West Wyoming (at the Our Lady of Sorrows site) will have Mass at 7pm, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and all-night Adoration, concluding with First Saturday Mass at 8am.  All are welcome.

The Mysteries of Abandonment

April 27, 2011

On Good Friday, Dr Mary Healy posted these beautiful, scriptural “Mysteries of Abandonment” for the rosary.  These would be great to use on any Friday when praying the rosary.

How is your fasting going this Lent?

April 7, 2011

Here’s a fasting benchmark from Pope Benedict:

He does not really fast who does not know how to nourish himself on the Word of God.

 (from his General Audience on Ash Wednesday this year)

Ecclesial Forgiveness

April 4, 2011

What is ecclesial forgiveness?  Cardinal Francis Stafford explained it in a talk he gave last October.  You can read a summary and listen to his talk here.

Immersed in Christ’s passion

April 1, 2011

Every year on Good Friday, the Pope presides over the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum.  Each year, our Holy Father assigns someone different to write meditations for these Stations of the Cross.  This year, the meditations will be written by an Augustinian nun.

During Lent this year, I’ve been doing some lectio divina with these meditations as part of my devotions during Lent.  Some have proved to be exceptionally fertile for reflection and prayer.  They provide an excellent setting in which to contemplate the Face of Christ, to understand his sufferings in a deeper way, and to become more aware of the connections of his passion and death to the rest of Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, and God’s plan for our salvation.

In case you’d like to investigate this resource, I’ve provided links below, listed in order of most favored by me:

2006 = Archbishop Angelo Comastri

2003 = Pope John Paul II (written in 1976 before he was Pope)

2005 = Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

2007 = Msgr Gianfranco Ravasi

2010 = Cardinal Camillo Ruini

2004 = Father André Louf OCSO

2008 = Cardinal Joseph Zen

2009 = Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil

Update 4/22/2011:
2011 = Sr Maria Rita Piccione