Lent is personally a very large part of my life. Christ suffered and died on the cross. Ever since middle and high school, I have usually given up cookies, cake, candy, etc. When I look back at it now, it seems like I was trying to go on a diet or eat healthier. In college, I have been able to reflect on those choices that I gave up when Lent came around. Lent is not all about giving up something—it is also about working at something. This Lent, I gave up soda because honestly, I am very addicted to it. However, that is not all. I am also working on patience, decreasing the feeling of loneliness, and most importantly, spending more one-on-one time with God. In high school, I usually had the same routine everyday. I went to school, went to classes, did sports, finished homework, and went to bed. I made no time for God in this routine other than in my nightly prayers. Even as a school, I went to church once a month. My faith in high school compared to what it is now is completely different. My faith in college grew through service. My favorite quote is, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Service allowed me to grow as a person, grow in my faith, andreflect constantly. I stress very easily. If my shoe is untied, I will probably stress about it. Whenever this happens, I do something called “butt-prayer.” This is when you go to the chapel and sit on your butt and just think and talk to God. For me personally, this helps me think, along with pouring to God what is on my heart. From this, I know I am never alone and that everything will get better. This Lent, I want to continue to grow stronger in my faith, and to spend more and more one-on-one time with God, whether it be 5 or 30 minutes.
By guest blogger Brandon Couture ’18 Lent is personally a very large part of my life. Christ suffered and died... MORE
Are you ready? Tomorrow begins the Triduum, when the Church recalls the passion, death and resurrection, the Paschal mystery, of Jesus Christ. Are you ready to walk the road to Calvary, to be present to Christ’s suffering? As we remember this mystery that happened over 2,000 years ago, we also recognize that Christ suffers again today in the crucified people of our own time. Christians are persecuted for their faith, communities are ravaged by war and violence, and children are dying from poverty and hunger. Our faith challenges us to be present to them. As we enter into these most holy days, may we have the courage to walk with the suffering Christ as we face the sufferings of our world. Are you ready?
Are you ready? Tomorrow begins the Triduum, when the Church recalls the passion, death and resurrection, the Paschal mystery, of... MORE
“Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way and, consequently, that which must be the way of Christians: it is humility. A way which constantly amazes and disturbs us: we will never get used to a humble God! This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too!…We will be there at the betrayal of Judas, one of the Twelve, who will sell him for thirty pieces of silver. We will see the Lord arrested and carried off like a criminal; abandoned by his disciples, dragged before the Sanhedrin, condemned to death, beaten and insulted…And then, as he makes his sorrowful way beneath the cross, we will hear the jeering of the people and their leaders, who scoff at his being King and Son of God.…It is the way of Jesus; there is no other.”
~ Pope Francis, Palm Sunday Homily Sunday, 29 March 2015
“Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way and, consequently, that which must be the way of Christians: it is... MORE
In the Gospels on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, we hear the “Spy” Gospels. In the past weeks, we’ve heard how the scribes and Pharisees were becoming more and more irate about Jesus and how they plotted to kill Him. In these three days, as we approach the Passion of the Lord, we hear about one of the disciples turning on Christ and selling Him for 30 pieces of silver.
Judas, the spy, comes to the fore. Reflecting on his actions can help us to see whether or not we too might betray Christ. In what ways do we sin? In what ways do we choose our own comforts over that of Christ and the Gospel?
In the Gospels on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, we hear the “Spy” Gospels. In the past weeks, we’ve... MORE