Lenten Resource Giveaway Winners

RoPaxman_We-have-a-winnerThanks to one and all who read the blogs and commented. We have our winners, who have been contacted.

If there was one goal to this series, it was to try to help clear the way for each of you to find a way to have a meaningful Lent.

In the meantime, I will be posting reflections here, and I welcome any of you to consider doing the same. If you are interested, please contact me about submissions.

I took the names from all the blog sites, for a particular post, and put them in a hat, book by book. They were drawn out, and the winners are as follows:

  • The Living Gospel – KB
  • Everyone’s Way of the Cross – Bridget
  • Change Our Hearts – Christine
  • Not By Bread Alone – Diane
  • The Ignatian Workout for Lent – Peg

Thank you again, one and all! Blessings to you for Lent!

Broken Hearts on Valentine’s Day

broken_heart_by_starry_eyedkid-1Many years ago, as a longtime single person, I made a decision to stop hating and avoiding what I thought of as the evil of Valentine’s Day. That year, I sent cards to so many people, you would have thought it was Christmas. Somehow a locked door in my broken-feeling heart flew open. It was freeing  and ever since that time, I have looked at the day differently. But that is me, and not everyone feels this way. Today can be a day of real misery for so many of us.

Liturgical Press has just published a fine book by Diana Macalintal called The Work of Your Hands, Prayers For Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace. While I will be writing more comprehensively about Diana and her book, I did want to offer one of the prayers, because it addresses those for whom this is not a joyful day. With permission of Liturgical Press, I offer Diana’s Valentine Prayer When Your Heart Is Broken.

Valentine’s Prayer When Your Heart is Broken
It’s February again, God,
and I’m surrounded by reminders of my broken heart.

Like fancy cards and paper cutouts,
we give our hearts away so easily.
And too often in return,
we receive only broken promises.

But you, O Lord, are ever-faithful,
you who heal the brokenhearted
and bind up all our wounds.

Bind me now to your Son’s Sacred Heart
that the ache I feel may draw me closer
to those whom he loved
even when they turned aawy.
Let my heart not become a heart of stone,
roughened by bitterness
or calloused by doubt,
but let it be a heart of flesh,
strengthened by your unbreakable promise,
willing to give,
ready to forgive,
and open to trying again.
-Diana Macalintal, reprinted with the permission of Liturgical Press

Very moving. Perhaps this is for you? Or for someone you know? Maybe you can send it to them, or simply say a prayer for them on this day. Or say a prayer for the many people that we do not know, but who are suffering or isolated today.

ResizeImageHandler(If you are interested, you can order the book at this link. There is a great deal on, to buy the paperback and the eBook in a bundle for only $9.49, which can be found here.)

O Antiphons – O Emmanuel

o emmanuelThe final O Antiphon before Christmas is the familiar call of O Emmanuel. No translation is needed today, no Latin to understand.  We comprehend now that the meaning is,”God with us.”

God is with us, what a powerful gift, what immense love – our God who comes to be with us, to love us, save us, and free us from all. A God who comes as a tiny infant, foretold by the prophet Isaiah. He was born in a lowly spot in terrible circumstances, yet the savior of all. A God who comes down to not only be with us, but to be one of us and to set us free.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domines, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free, Lord our God.

O Antiphons – O Clavis David

o clavisEach day draws us closer to the Dawn, the birth of Christ, and our O Antiphons guide us there in prayer and chant. Today’s antiphon is O Clavis David, O Key of David. Yesterday we prayed about the Root of Jesse, from which David came. Jesus is also of this lineage, as was foretold.  Jesus is the Key of David, his birth heralds the opening of the doors of the Kingdom, setting us free, leading us to light, to God!Key-of-David

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel,
qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperuit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel,
controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people into freedom.

Which way? A video about spiritual direction

A short post; I know I have been an inconsistent blogger. I’m trying to do what this video talks about at the beginning… slow down. Not really my thing to do, but I know that like the trees around me, leaves must be shed. My leaves are too many tasks and activities, too little time for peace.

Anyway, I think that spiritual direction is so important. I go about once per month and highly recommend it. Listen to these two spiritual directors talk about slowing down and much more. This will require you to sit still and pay attention for 7 minutes. Don’t worry – I did not want to stop either, but I am so glad that I did.

BRB!

keep-calm-and-i-ll-brb-3A long period of silence from your blogger friend, yes – that would be me. I was shocked when I realized that my last post went up on September 30.

*sigh*

I’ll be back soon. Thanks for sticking around, those of you who have stuck around!

One of the things that has kept me away, you know – besides my family, my day job, and that thing called sleep – has been some work for a publisher. Some of you may recall that last year my work was included in a volume entitled, Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C, featuring James Martin, SJ, and Richard Rohr, OFM. The book surpassed any expectations that we had for it, selling many copies and winning awards. The next volume is due out very soon, entitled, Naked and You Clothed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle A. We have the same group of contributors, but have added some greatly talented people to our roster.

I’ll be back, more to follow.