Category Archives: Desert Reflections

Desert Reflections: Fear not, I will help you

Fr Charlie points out that many people live not only through a dark night of the soul, as St John of the Cross did, but also through a “dark night of day” by choosing not to let God take care … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: I got this

Fr Greg’s advises us to take the Lord’s offer of rest in the gospel and of soaring hope in the first reading. God is saying to us: “Ease up, calm down – I got this.” Today’s Readings They that hope … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: My name is mother

Fr Paul celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a meditation on Mary by the poet Edwina Gateley. Today’s Readings A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Patience, perseverance and a little ingenuity

With patience, perseverance and a little ingenuity, the paralytic’s friends in today’s gospel were able to get him before Jesus to be healed. In a time when instant is too slow, Fr Peter notes, we might benefit from their example. … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Diamonds in the rough

John the Baptist in today’s gospel is the archetypical “diamond in the rough.” Fr Paul and Lee Morrison suggest how we, as diamonds in the rough in our own way, may be shaped and polished through participation in the Redemptorist … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Listening to our better angels

While Fr Charlie doesn’t necessary subscribe to the idea expressed in ancient biblical literature and art that Jesus was conceived via Mary’s ear it does fit with the Hebrew belief that our ears are the gateway to our souls.   We … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: A firm foundation

Fr Peter assures us that if we build the foundation of our faith on worship, prayer and service to others it will not fail. Today’s Readings Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. IS 26:1-6 … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Hungry for love

Fr Charlie points out that there are many among us hurt and hungry for love, wholeness, and acceptance just like those Jesus healed and fed in today’s gospel. Like Jesus, we should offer those in need what we have – … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Peaceable Kingdom

Fr Greg prays that God will give us childlike vision so that we, too, might see the “Peaceable Kingdom” Isaiah describes in the today’s first reading. Today’s Readings There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Joy of the Gospel

Fr Greg believes that the reason Andrew and Peter (and many others) left everything and followed Jesus may be simpler than some scripture scholars suppose: Following Jesus brought happiness into their lives – as it can in ours. Today’s Readings … Continue reading

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