Word on Fire – Lenten Reflections by Fr Robert Barron

I have been enjoying Fr Robert Barron’s
             “Lenten Reflections”


For the last nine days of Lent I have been enjoying daily emails of Lenten reflections by Father Robert Barron from, www.wordonfire.org

I believe the original email invitation came from an email sent out by Leon Shadowin of the St Bridget Church Men’s Ministry of Faith and Fellowship. I have signed up to receive a daily reflection that helps me focus on the word of God and serves as a reminder of our Lenten promises. The email looks something like this:


Lent Day 9 – Change the Way You See

The first words Jesus speaks in the Gospel of Mark set the tone for the entire Gospel and, one could say, for the whole of Christianity: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Reform your lives and believe in the Good News.”

By noting “the time of fulfillment,” Jesus is referring to something humans have been longing for, hoping to see arrive. It’s as if he’s saying, “The privileged time is here.” These words provide a sort of wake-up call, a warning bell in the night. They’re similar to what worshipers hear repeatedly in the Byzantine liturgy: “Be attentive! Let us be attentive!”

But how should we be attentive? Jesus is eminently clear: “Reform your lives and believe in the Good News.” The Greek word for “reform” is metanoiete, a term derived from two words, meta (beyond) and nous (mind). Thus in its most basic form it means something like “go beyond the mind that you have.”

Jesus is commanding a change that takes place at a an elemental and all-embracing level of one’s being. He’s telling his listeners to change the way they see, the way they think, the way they imagine.

Change your attitude. Change your perspective. Change your angle, your mode of vision.

The new state of affairs has arrived, but you are not going to see it unless you change. Today, go beyond your mind and see through the eyes of Christ.

Go to the following link; at the bottom of the page you have the option of subscribing to this service. I have received no other solicitations as a result of signing up for this information. It is Free and has been helpful to me. I hope it works for all of you too. 


Yours in Christ – John V.  

Pope Francis’s First Year

Thanks for the link Brother Mike Kozak!


Reenergizing the Church as a missionary enterprise has been his primary aim.

By George Weigel

Looking a bit uncomfortable in the spotlights, Jorge Mario Bergoglio came out on the central loggia of the Vatican basilica on the evening of March 13, 2013, and introduced himself to his new diocese as a man from “the end of the earth.” Less than nine months later, this hitherto obscure, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who had been rescued from ecclesiastical oblivion in the early 1990s by John Paul II, was on the cover of Time, celebrated around the world as the dominant personality of 2013. Now, a full year into his pontificate, Pope Francis continues to be a kind of papal Rorschach blot onto which Catholics of all points of view, as well as politicians and pundits, project their aspirations and fears for the Catholic Church and its place in the 21st-century scheme of things.

For the remainder of the article proceed to the link at the top of this page – Enjoy!