• 24 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.24.16

    Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Readings for the day Jesus got up from the table, removed His outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it around His waist. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel He was […]

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  • 23 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.23.16

    Wednesday of Holy Week Readings for the day Words equal power in today’s readings; and words are also power-tools in our daily service of the powerless and marginalized. Words are the messengers of the soul and they have the ability to bring life to both the speaker and the listener, or to deny that opportunity. […]

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  • 22 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.22.16

    Tuesday of Holy Week Readings for the day “Yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God. For now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…” Is 49:4-5 As we journey together this Holy Week, we should be humbled by the immensity of God’s love […]

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  • 21 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.21.16

    Monday of Holy Week   Readings for the day Boxed mac & cheese. Canned tuna. Froot loops. These items can likely be found in your neighborhood food pantry. Chicken breasts. Fresh or frozen salmon. Apples.  These items are perhaps more rare, and they seem to be regarded in much the same way that Judas Iscariot […]

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  • 18 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.18.16

    Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent Readings for the day The prophet is being persecuted and knows that he is being watched closely. (Jeremiah 20: 10-13)  Should he say or do something that might entrap him, his life will be in peril.  Just like Jesus in the gospel proclamation today who tries to reason […]

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  • 17 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.17.16

    Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent Readings for the day Reflecting on a visit around the various Catholic Charities of East Tennessee programs, from my days as the Diocesan Director, I can remember our staff playing kids games with children in foster care, doing memory activities with older clients, speaking Spanish to those who […]

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  • 16 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.16.16

    Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Readings for the day The first reading today relates one of the most well-known stories in the Old Testament. King Nebuchadnezzar orders Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to bow down and worship his god, “a golden statue.”  When the three youths refuse, they are tied up and cast into […]

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  • 15 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.15.16

    Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Readings for the day Today is the memorial of St. Louise de Marillac, who is the patron saint of social workers and an important historical figure for CCUSA. Living in France at the time of both St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise is […]

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  • 14 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.14.16

    Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent Readings for the day Today’s readings appear at first glance disparate, but there is a common thread running through the story from the prophet Daniel, the discourse of Jesus in John’s Gospel account, and the responsorial from Psalm 23. All speak of the reality of darkness in our […]

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  • 11 Mar

    Lenten Reflection 3.11.16

    Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent Readings for the day In the first reading from Wisdom, the wicked resent the just whose actions are in such contrast to their transgressions.  Because He is a thorn in their sides, they determine to make the holy one suffer and ultimately get rid of him through a […]

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