February 17 and 18, 2024
First Sunday of Lent
From Ann McCauley
AnnThe theme for Lent this year at both Christ Our Light and the Church of Saint Clare is Repent and Believe in the Gospel from today’s Gospel reading.
Richard Rohr writes about this phrase from Mark’s Gospel, “Only converted people, who are in union with both the pain of the world and the love of God, are prepared to read the Bible—with the right pair of eyes and the appropriate bias, which is from the side of powerlessness and suffering instead of the side of power and control. This is foundational and essential conversion. The Greek word metanoia, poorly translated as “repent” in the Bible quite literally means “to change your mind.” Until the mind changes the very way it processes the moment, nothing changes long term. “Be transformed by a renewal of your mind,” Paul says (Romans 12:2), which hopefully will allow the heart to soon follow.
As we begin this Lenten journey, we are reminded that we are never alone in our struggles. God reaches out to us in intimacy, yearning to create, heal and nourish God’s personal relationship with each of us, especially within our darkest moments. After 40 days of restless confrontation, Jesus returned to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News to all who would hear it: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” We pay heed to this advice when participating intentionally in the Lenten season, and we pray that as we work on ourselves, we experience intimacy with God in the wilderness. At this, our hearts will be transformed in a way, which sends us off in proclamation – firm in both our faith and our desire to share it!
Gaza and Israel Conflict
We Join in Prayer for Peace
The violence and warfare between Gaza and Israel impacts us.
The reports are tragic, and we unite in prayer for a peaceful resolution.
Synod: a definition
“Despite the odd-sounding words, the vision is very simple: it’s about experiencing our faith as a journey together, accompanied by Jesus and the Apostles,” writes Bishop Scharfenberger in his Evangelist column. Essentially, the Synod, as Pope Francis has outlined it, will be about mutual listening and dialoging. It will be about reflecting and journeying together. Don’t get scared off by the unusual words. (Synodality isn’t even in the dictionary!) This local synod process is simply going to be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, your hopes and your needs as a Catholic. We want to hear from you. We want to know what you need from the Church – both local and universal – to help you on your journey of faith. Together we will take the next steps toward greater unity, greater collaboration, greater faith!
Dominican Retreat and Conference Center
The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, New York offers retreats for women and men, workshops and presentations to enhance your spiritual life and growth. We offer retreats for persons in 12 step programs on topics of alcoholism, abuse, and eating issues. Be sure to check out the Windmill, a private hermitage, available for private individual retreats. If you need a place to hold a retreat or conference, we have just the spot for you!
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Sunday, 10 AM
Tuesday, 9 AM
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