Tag Archives: Lent

The Temple v Jesus of Nazareth – 3

Int          You told us yesterday that you were no longer concerned in investigating Jesus bar Joseph  and his followers but that you were instructed to monitor the situation. Can you explain what it is you were being commanded to do? … Continue reading

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Annunciation — 1

LIKE TOTAL eclipses or comets, this weekend provides us with the sort of rare event that it is worth a blog post all of its own. With Easter Sunday falling on April 16 (the next time will be in 11 … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Lent — 3

EVERY NOW AND again, I find myself having a difference of opinion with some of my fellow-Catholics over what constitutes “love”. Without wishing to judge their ability to understand the basics of their faith, it often seems that the modern … Continue reading

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What about free will

I WAS TAKEN to task yesterday over my comment that Jesus could — in theory — have given in to Satan’s temptations. How could I suggest anything so outlandish? Well, for a start if we didn’t occasionally suggest outlandish things, … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Lent— 1

THE TEMPTATION of Our Lord raises a whole series of questions which very often we don’t bother to answer though looking below the surface can be quite rewarding. Let us have a look. The first question we perhaps ought to … Continue reading

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Lent 4 — Penance

AS WE embark on the climax of Lent — Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem followed swiftly by His Passion and death — it is time to look at the third strand in our journey through this time of self-denial: Penance. … Continue reading

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Lent 2 – Mortification

LENT IS a time of penance, fasting and mortification. I want to talk about all three but today let me concentrate on mortification because it is a subject which is often misunderstood. When we speak of mortification two things come … Continue reading

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Lent — 1. “The favourable time”

THE SECOND reading for the Mass of Ash Wednesday is from St Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians where he quotes from Isaiah (ch 49): At the favourable time I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I … Continue reading

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