Daily Reflections

  • Reflection for Saturday of the Third Week of Lent — The Transitus of St. Benedict

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032120.cfm" linkrel=""]   In our basilica at Conception Abbey are many beautiful murals that reflect events in the Gospels and in the Benedictine tradition. One mural, in the south transept of the...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032020.cfm" linkrel=""]   Return. The prophet Hosea calls on the people of Israel to return to the Lord. How hard it is to return to what is right and leave behind what...

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  • Reflection for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031920.cfm" linkrel=""]   The Lord promised King David an heir and a long-lasting kingdom. His dynasty would last long after his death. Yet despite this promise, Nathan told David that "the sword"...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Laws, laws, laws, laws! No one likes laws, and fewer people like to follow them. Yet laws give a balance and an order to society, and also to life....

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031720.cfm" linkrel=""]   Mercy. It is surreal and beautiful. Azariah begs God to have mercy on Israel and not to let them “be put to shame.” Today’s Gospel shows a servant who...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Third Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031620.cfm" linkrel=""]   Consider the healing of Naaman the Syrian. He was greatly distressed by his leprosy and wanted to be healed of his affliction. Jesus returns to His home town today...

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  • Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97JKjtH9SKc[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031520.cfm" linkrel=""]   The readings for this Third Sunday of Lent offer many valuable insights. I want to start with the Second Reading from Romans. St. Paul told...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031420.cfm" linkrel=""]   As the liturgy opens today, we hear the words of Psalm 145:8-9 in the opening antiphon: “The Lord is kind and full of compassion… abounding in mercy.” Mercy is...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031320.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today’s introit from the Missal is a prayer that reveals the tie between the two readings in today’s liturgy: “In you, O Lord, I put my trust, let me...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031220.cfm" linkrel=""]   The challenging plea of the entrance antiphon confronts us immediately as we begin today’s liturgy: “Test me, O God, and know my thoughts. See that my path is not...

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031120.cfm" linkrel=""]   The words of the entrance antiphon for this day, “Forsake me not, O Lord! My God, be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031020.cfm" linkrel=""]   As today’s liturgy unfolds we encounter the entrance text: “Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death, lest my enemy say: I have overcome him.” The...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the Second Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030920.cfm" linkrel=""]   The first words we hear today as the entrance antiphon is intoned are: “Redeem me, O Lord, and have mercy on me…” (Ps. 26:11-2). This is the stance of...

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  • Reflection for Sunday of the Second Week of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX43o004o1g[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-default btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030820.cfm" linkrel=""]   Looking at Lent Through A Different Lens Throughout the Second Week of Lent, we will look at the readings presented to us in the sacred...

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  • Reflection for Saturday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030720.cfm" linkrel=""]   There is a famous line by Tertullian, the second-century theologian and historian, in defense of the persecuted Church. He quotes witnesses of his day looking at Christians and saying:...

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  • Reflection for Thursday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030520.cfm" linkrel=""]   People on pilgrimage look out for one another. In ancient times, pilgrims to the Holy Land or other holy sites did not have a comfortable journey, but faced suffering...

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  • Reflection for Friday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030620.cfm" linkrel=""]   When a person walks a long distance, they have plenty of time to think. We are left to our own thoughts. These are spiritually rich and even transforming moments....

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  • Reflection for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030420.cfm" linkrel=""]   Today marks one week since we began our Lenten journey with ashes. Why ashes? The discovery of ashes probably goes back to the first discovery of fire. Already in...

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  • Reflection for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030320.cfm" linkrel=""]   The theme of a Lenten journey, which is meant to tie these reflections together, gives us some wiggle room. It allows us to use our liturgical readings of the...

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  • Reflection for Monday of the First Week of Lent

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030220.cfm" linkrel=""]   We all have had (or should have had) plenty of “Thou shall” or “Thou shall nots” in our life! It’s the rich and necessary heritage we’ve been given since...

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  • Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLkkHznOQVQ[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030120.cfm" linkrel=""] Welcome! My name is Fr. Daniel, and we, the monks of Conception Abbey, welcome you as we begin this spiritual journey through Lent. We welcome you, our...

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  • Reflection for Saturday After Ash Wednesday

     [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022920.cfm" linkrel=""] If we take Lent seriously and truly desire a radical and fruitful time, we must pay attention to the readings today. Often, and for a good reason, we deny ourselves...

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  • Reflection for Friday After Ash Wednesday

     [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022820.cfm" linkrel=""] Cry out, full-throated! We are used to calling out to God in times of need, of piously seeking the help of Jesus. This is all good, necessary, and beneficial. However,...

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  • Reflection for Thursday after Ash Wednesday

    [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022720.cfm" linkrel=""]   “If anyone wants to be my disciple, take up his cross, and follow me.” These words sum up, radically, the Christian vocation: to become like Christ. The cross, which...

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  • Video Reflection for Ash Wednesday

    [embedyt]https://youtu.be/0Zr6UwwYXxg[/embedyt]   [button style="btn-primary btn-lg" type="link" target="true" title="Read Today's Mass Readings" link="http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022620.cfm" linkrel=""]   “Remember, you are dust.” Such stark and startling words mark the beginning of Lent, 40 days of journeying, with Christ, to both Calvary and Resurrection. The...

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  • 5 Ways to Have a Fruitful Lent

    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FnGqSQRMug[/embedyt] How to make sure you have a good Lent The Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey invite you to join our Online Lenten Journey as we prayerfully read the daily Mass readings and proper text this Lent. Together we hope to...

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