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The First Sunday of Lent
February 18, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

What Is Lent

Why not take some time to read in advance the Gospel from the upcoming Sunday Mass? Sit down, read it slowly, and let the scene described take place within the your mind and heart.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

How Can It All Have a Happy Ending?

Why does God allow evil? Julian of Norwich answers by not answering because, in essence, no adequate answer can ever be imagined.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Rainbow and the Goodness of God

God brought it about that every human being, except for Noah and his small family, died by drowning in one great natural catastrophe. Where is the goodness of God in the story of the flood?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Open to New Life

Jesus’s victory over Satan represents a victory over the powers of evil, those forces that cause us to sin. The evil we struggle against in Lent is personal as well as social.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Returning to God

Compare Noah bringing people out of the flood into a new creation with Christ bringing us to a new life or a transformative experience through the waters of baptism.

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

The Comforter

our flesh

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