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Lent means Spring!

Out the window delicious wet and heavy snow clings to everything like…like…a Disney movie! I remember being able to finally travel around some in my 20s and 30s and discovering that the Disney cartoon features were romanticized but based on real plants, mountains, streams. So it is with snow this Ash Wednesday. It looks like […]

Winter wonder and blunders

In thevirtualoratory.com  I posted a brief review of a book called Winter, a Spiritual Biography of the Season, a collection of very short essays by writers ranging from Kathleen Norris to Basho. Even people in warm climates face interior winters of discontent that resist the sun and beauty leaving hearts buried in darkness, covered over […]

Lent III Cleansing the Temple

This is the cycle B gospel reading…[A is used in parishes with the RCIA and that is, of course, the gospel of the Woman at the Well] which folks groups as well as the great Mahalia Jackson did very well singing…But the B cycle is very apt for these days. The National Round Table for […]

I suppose this is a way to separate off religious institutions which have their own dynamics, often a spiritual veneer over what is essentially secular if not actually demonic. Having been a Catholic 48 years and a priest 35, I have had plenty of experience of Catholicism as a veneer. Nevertheless, the distinction has only […]

L’ARCHE is French for ARK. It is a movement started by a French Canadian who in 1964 invited two men with disabilities into his home. From there, it became an international lay movement. It is NOT a community that serves people with disabilities but a community of people with those with disabilities. I showed a […]

Lenten Resources

Here is my Lenten movie, music, book list for 2009… Willa Cather:  Death Comes for the Archbishop. This American classic is essential. Why is that lay people and Willa Cather was the ultimate one…lesbian, Protestant…do the best in writing about priests. J.F. Powers, Garrison Keillor, Georges Bernanos, and Graham Greene are the others. George Eliot […]


Lent is a preparation and we need to prepare for the preparation or we won’t get anywhere near a take off on Ash Wednesday. There are no Hallmark cards in black and white saying, YOU ARE DUST AND UNTO DUST YOU WILL RETURN so we will have to come up with something personal and not […]