A Lenten Poem

Friday Stations Red-covered they were passed out one by one like a Lenten communion drawn out of the cavernous tabernacle of Mercy sleeves, and distributed...

First Friday of Lent

I heard a frightful amount of banging about outside my cell during the work period this morning. “The postulants are moving furniture again,” I thought,...

Sixth Day of the Novena

On December 30, 1861 Saint Gabriel of the Addolorata , who was twenty-three years old at the time, wrote these lines to his brother Michele....

Fasting

Friday After Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-9a Psalm 50: 3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 Matthew 9:14-15 Holy Fasting Today the prophet Isaiah puts a question to God: “Why...

Wondrous Hidden God

Yearning, I adore you, wondrous hidden God, Living Bread by bread concealed, speaking heart to heart. Give me now the faith that sees darkly through...