The Peace Pulpit: We have to listen to God in the Word that we hear every week. We have to receive God into our hearts through our Eucharist.
Samaritan woman at the well
Spiritual Reflections: Our faith is based on a personal encounter with Christ, bubbling over into joyful expressions of our being so loved.
Simply Spirit: Clueless preachers frequently turn the Gospel story about Jesus and the Samaritan woman into bad news, especially for women.
Lent is not my favorite time of the liturgical year. I've always been more of an Advent person and never understood some of my fellow Catholics' actual joy during the 40 days preceding Easter. Call me a Lent weakling.