Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

St Ann Crown red

Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

St Ann Crown red

February 23, 2024

Reading Father Peter Julian Eymard’s retreat notes, I am always amazed at how brutally honest he was in the reflections he wrote. Yet, reading his hundreds of letters, I’m touched by how gentle and compassionate he was with the people he spiritually counseled. And yet, he was so tough on himself. I’ve often wondered if […]

February 22, 2024

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter In my family, my father had his special chair. We could sit in it when he wasn’t home, but we would move to another chair as soon as he came home. We treated his chair with respect. At Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a simple wooden chair is […]

February 21, 2024

God gives Jonah a task to go to get the Ninevites to convert from their immorality, a task that horrifies him. He despised the Ninevites who had conquered his people. He would have preferred to be a cheerleader on the sidelines as God destroyed the Ninevites than be the cause of their conversion. The story […]

February 20, 2024

I am always amazed and wonder how God always listens and answers my prayers. The biggest mystery to me is what part I play in answering my prayer. This is important to me because it gives meaning to my life. I have realized over a lifetime that my joy and happiness now depend on my […]

February 19, 2024

Our lives are crowded with directions. One diet guru’s book was “Eat This, Not That”. Today’s readings are full of charges for those striving to attain eternal life. Just before Christmas, Rick Costanza, one of our reflection authors, wrote so wonderfully about the rules and commandments that show us the right paths to God. We […]

February 18, 2024

1st Sunday of Lent The Gospels invite us to enter the narratives they spin. We recall an event in the life of Jesus to enter into it. We become Jesus. Today’s passage, the account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, doesn’t pull us away from our time or world; it intensifies and brings it into […]

February 17, 2024

As we begin Lent’s first weekend, we are reminded of our responsibilities and our call to follow. Isaiah gives us a list of dos and don’ts – do care for the poor, needy, and less fortunate. Do not pursue our own interests on the Sabbath. Keep the Lord’s Day for the Lord. These are pretty […]

February 16, 2024

Friday after Ash Wednesday This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your […]

February 15, 2024

Before each Lenten season, most of us spend some time deciding what to “give up,” or in recent years, the trend has been more to “add” to our forty days of seasonal prayers and practices. We hope to renounce our worldly comforts and conveniences to better identify with the suffering of Jesus. Luke’s Gospel reading […]

February 14, 2024

Ash Wednesday As I was preparing this reflection, I couldn’t help but think about all the chocolates and candlelit dinners that may be put on hold as we honor our custom of fasting on Ash Wednesday, St. Valentine’s Day this year. Did you know these two days land on the same calendar day only three […]