Monday, March 3, 2014


I think I'll stop the snow pictures.  Maybe the gods of winter think that they are some kind of tribute, praying for more.  So here's a bright gift from an iris farm in Oregon.
I used Ash Wednesday's first reading, Joel 2:12-18, for Scripture prayer today.  Through the prophet God says, "Come back to me with all your hearts."  It's more of a demand than an invitation and it's addressed to all the people.  Communal penance is what Ash Wednesday is about.  As a parish, a universal Church, and all Christendom, we mark our foreheads with the Cross of Christ.  Our sinning affects the whole people.  It is as a people that we turn back to God.
God tells us to make sure that this is not just external show but involves our whole heart:  "Tear your hearts not just your clothes."    We let God break open our hearts and flood them with a Love that becomes our own and carries us back into God.

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