Category: Lent

Service in Secret

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18     Reflection by Caitlin Wolford, Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of  Boston College          Praise can be a wonderful—or difficult—expression to accept. It… Read more »

Threads of Prayer and Justice

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reflection by Dannis Matteson, Sisters of St Joseph of Rochester Volunteer Corps Alumni Reflection                 Prayer and justice go together…. Read more »

Easter Sunday Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.”John 20:1-9 By Monica Thom Konschnik, Catholic Apostolate Center Staff and Former Jesuit Volunteer Imagine how it must have… Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”John 12:20-33 By Laura Castro, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff and Former Cap Corps Midwest Volunteer In today’s reading, Jesus reveals his death to his disciples knowing they soon would be… Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:14-21 By Carol Lackie, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff This is one of the most frequently quoted passages of the Bible. For many believers, simply mentioning “John 3:16”… Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”John 2:13-25 By Barbara Wheeler, U.S. Catholic Mission Association Staff and Former Vincentian Service Corps Volunteer For people who know what it means to live in community, this Gospel can come as a relief. Even Jesus got angry. It is good to know that… Read more »

Ashes to go

By Cody Maynus Current volunteer with Visitation Internship Program Sr. Karen Mohan, VIP director, and former VIP volunteer, Anna Dourgarian, who participated in the Ashes to Go ministry I live, work, and pray among prophets.  Not the camel-hair-and-locusts or the bushy-beard-and-divine-judgement varieties. My prophets are six nuns who individually and collectively love more deeply than… Read more »

Second Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”Mark 9-2-10 By Julie McElmurry, Director of Franciscan Passages and Former Jesuit Volunteer Jesus invites Peter, James and John to witness something so indescribable that words fail them and words fail even the Gospel writer himself.  Of the Transfiguration, the writer can only tell us that Jesus’ clothes… Read more »

First Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.”Mark 1:12-15 By Jim Lindsay, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff Have you ever experienced times in the wilderness — you know, those occasions when we are in the desert — feeling lost?  Those times can be great opportunities to find out more about ourselves,… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

Lent begins today. This is a sacred and prayerful time for the Church. Catholic Volunteer Network has partnered with Catholic Apostolate Center to bring you a reflection guide that looks at the Lenten season through the lens of our four pillars of spirituality, social justice, simple living and community. Each reflection is written by a… Read more »