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On Having a Fruitful Lent

Pastor’s Column First Sunday of Lent February 18, 2018 Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, is an extremely practical time of year. It is our great opportunity to give ourselves a thorough spiritual exam, toss out some of the junk that we have collected within us and develop new spiritual discipline. Our human nature tends to pull us off course over time. Here are some ways to make the most of this gift God is giving us by having a personal plan of spiritual growth for Lent. This will involve something negative and something positive. Something we give up: We can commit ourselves to give up something or even a number of things. Sacrifices like these will strengthen us to control our pa

What Do You Wish To Be Healed Of?

Pastor’s Column Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time February 11, 2018 What do you think would happen if Jesus suddenly appeared visibly at Saint Edward next Sunday? Everyone would get right in line to ask for a healing! Who among us or among those we love doesn’t have need of some cure or another? In today’s gospel, a leper dramatically kneels down in front of Jesus and begs him for a cure. It’s not surprising to find this man pursuing Jesus. Throughout the stories of Jesus in the New Testament, it seems like everyone is looking for a healing for something or other. It is really interesting to look at what people are actually asking for; it’s almost always to be healed of some bodily illness – s

Searching for Jesus

Pastor’s Column 5th Sunday Ordinary Time February 4, 2018 “Rising early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you!" -- from Mark 1:29-39 In this Sunday's gospel Jesus has spent the entire evening with an overwhelming number of people who came to Peter’s family home for healing. Finally, everyone is sent home to bed. Jesus must have been exhausted, just like the rest of them. But Jesus has a deep need to pray, and is willing to go to great lengths to do it, even if it means forgoing sleep and sneaking out. Even though he seems to be surrounded by people, Jesus ma

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