On this Third Sunday of Lent, the ancient authors set before the praying assembly two of the most important institutions in Jewish life, the law (Exodus) and the temple (John). By their faithful observance of the law, the Jews were sincerely surrendering themselves to God's will, which, they believed, was expressed in the law. By their reverence for the temple, its liturgy, its feasts and sacrificial system, the Jews were expressing their gratitude for the presence of God among them.
A small c catholic: Back in the 1980s, I did an oral history project with my father. I can't tell you how glad I am now to have Dad's spiritual will.
On April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. He shared with those present an imaginative view of the whole of human history up to that point in time. King spoke of ancient Rome and Greece and their philosophies, of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and of the Great Depression of the 1930s, and he concluded that he was happy to be living in the United States in the late 1960s.
As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.
After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession -- "because we are all sinners" -- the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."
The Peace Pulpit: Be plunged once more into that death of Jesus so that we will rise to new life, and then be inspired to go out and transform the world.
Essay: I have chosen to be honest about my journey of faith as a gay Catholic person. Like all Christians, we LGBT Catholics need the church's ministry.
Soul Seeing: St. Francis of Assisi said to preach the Gospel, "sometimes even with words." Caregivers don't need words. Their lives are a sermon.
At the Intersection: I've spent a lot of time in faith circles exclusively made up of women, and in each circle, stories of brokenness have abounded.
Global Sisters Report: The snow began falling steadily just before prayers Monday morning, and Tuesday, we awoke to a world completely covered in white.
I was once part of a faculty committee charged with rewriting the mission statement of our high school. Except for changing one preposition, I contributed little to the project. Where the original document stated that one of our school's main goals was to "convey faith in Jesus," I was able to convince the committee to change that statement to read "convey the faith of Jesus."