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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  THE FOURTH SORROW OF MARY: The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary. Her son is mocked and jeered, his body bruised and broken, crushed under the weight of the cross he bears. What quiet word does she have for him? What … Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  THE EIGHTH STATION: Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children.” —Luke 23:28 Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus deeply involved with the concerns of individual people. He doesn’t simply go to political or … Continue reading

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Monday, March 27, 2017

  CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Call to Family, Community and Participation As Catholics, we go to God together. We’re all in this together. God’s family extends beyond time and space, and we’re called as individuals to participate in that family, both in the daily realities in which we find ourselves and in that eternal reality to … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

  BUILDING A CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast”. For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to … Continue reading

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

  REFLECTING ON LAST WEEK’S GOSPEL In last Sunday’s readings, we saw individuals and communities grappling with very real, tangible needs—hunger, thirst and shelter. As we reflect on these basic human needs, we think and pray for those who are forced to do without. How many of us have more than we need, too many … Continue reading

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Friday, March 24, 2017

  WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? This week, we encountered our brothers and sisters from El Salvador. As we reflect on their story, we hold them in prayer: For Fernando and all young people in El Salvador struggling to find meaningful work and provide for their families. We pray to the Lord. For our own community … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

  THE SEVENTH STATION: Jesus Falls a Second Time “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” —John 8:7 There is a great temptation to ignore those who live in poverty by assuming that their plight is of their own creation. Some may reason that … Continue reading

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  THE THIRD SORROW OF MARY: The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple Each year [Jesus’] parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was 12 years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained … Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  THE SIXTH STATION: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus                  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace.” —Luke 8:48 It’s tempting for us to remove the humanity from this station, to view it in terms of great marble statues and stained glass. But what Veronica did was hardly clean … Continue reading

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Monday, March 20, 2017

  CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers “Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work…anoints us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works…” – Pope Francis, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, 2013 “My Father is at work until … Continue reading

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