From Trials to Transfiguration – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

What is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s Gospel shows forth a kind of process through which the Lord lays the foundations of hope, peace, and joy.
The Paradoxical Prelude – The text says, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves

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Toronto Star Editorial: Trudeau government should rethink its flawed changes to assisted dying

Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

When the Toronto Star, which is usually a Liberal newspaper, says in its editorial that the Trudeau government changes to the (MAiD) euthanasia law are flawed, then you know that the message is getting out.Sign the petition: No to euthanasia for mental illness and incompetent people! (Link)

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Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration

‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ (Mk. 9:7)

On the second Sunday in Lent we always read the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. We do so in order that our focus may be directed towards the glory of Easter and Our Lord’s victory over sin and death by His glorious Resurrection. Our Lenten penance is not an end in itself but a means to an end; that cleansed of our faults and sanctified in both body and mind we might more fully appreciate and participate in God’s own glory. The word that Sacred Scripture most commonly uses to describe the nature of God is glory. We associate glory with power, majesty, radiance, awe and wonder. Yet, all the Gospels, especially the Gospel of John, speak of God’s humiliation as His exaltation, His glory. By faith, we are seized by the beauty and glory of the Crucified Christ. In this mystery of the Transfiguration a twofold glory is revealed: the glory which Our Lord possesses as the eternal Son of the Father and the glory that is manifested in His sacred Passion; the glory that is manifested from the unsurpassable torture of Holy Week. God Himself is whipped to blood, crowned with thorns, mocked, spat upon, ridiculed, nailed, pierced…In this consummate ugliness, this unspeakable outrage, shines a picture of divine beauty, of divine glory. The Gospel of the Transfiguration presents us with a vision of the glory of God on its way to the Passion (Cardinal Hans Urs Von Balthasar).

The glory revealed to Peter, James and John is a glimpse of the glory of the Resurrection, a glory that we too are destined to share; however, it is the Passion that leads to the glory of the Resurrection (Preface for the Second Sunday in Lent, The Roman Missal).

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Almsgiving in the Twenty-first Century

“Grace builds on nature.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

This statement from Saint Thomas’s Summa[1] expresses in succinct form the theological insight that creation and redemption are the work of the same God, and hence, at their best, will be in harmony with one another. Consider in this light Saint Paul’s altruistic concern for the needy Christians in Jerusalem:

Now concerning the contribution for the saints. . . . On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper. . . . And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.[2]

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My Soul is Tired: But God Cares (Lent 2.B)

My great friend in Ireland, Father Barry Horan, is one of the happiest and most delightful priests you’ll ever meet. I hope you will meet him when travelling is possible again.

But when Father Barry sends me a book, it’s usually a serious one—he’s a very smart man who realizes that happiness is a serious problem.

For Christmas he sent me a book by the American writer Robert Wicks called Heartstorming: Creating a Place God Can Call Home. When I picked it up this week the book fell open to a chapter titled “My Soul is Tired.”

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