Category: Lent

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 »