Even Christ Had Help Carrying His Cross

Even Christ Had Help Carrying His Cross

As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry His cross.  Matthew 27:32  (From the Sixth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Good morning Prayer Team! Many years ago, as we prepared to...

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You Can’t Climb to Heaven until You Renounce the World

You Can’t Climb to Heaven until You Renounce the World

Be Transfigured – You Can’t Climb to Heaven until You Renounce the World On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the Church commemorates the memory of Saint John, the author of the Ladder of Divine Ascent. In his now famous treatise, Saint John helps us to see that the only we can...

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Stop Passing the Buck!

Stop Passing the Buck!

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”  Matthew 27:24 (From the Fifth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) Tuesday of the Fifth...

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What is Truth?

What is Truth?

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18: 37-38  (From the...

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The Cobbler’s Repairs and Lent

The Cobbler’s Repairs and Lent

I received a pair of gray and black patent leather cowboy boots for my fortieth birthday. They were a gift from my mother-in-law. She thought cowboy boots would serve as a reminder of what American grit can accomplish and that I once lived in Colorado. I loved wearing them—that is until the...

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My Kingdom Is Not of This World

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if My kingship were of this world, My servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but My kingship is not from the world.”  John 18:36 (From the Fourth Gospel on Holy Thursday Evening) Fourth Sunday of Lent—St....

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Happy Easter?

Happy Easter?

I’ve read that the devil’s greatest weapon is to convince us that he doesn’t exist. But when I see the fairy tales and cute images that have been woven into the tapestry of our society, that hide the truth of sacred events, the intrigue becomes crystal clear to me. So...

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Syncing Up the Flesh With the Spirit

Syncing Up the Flesh With the Spirit

And He came to the Disciples and found them sleeping; and He said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:40-41  (From the Gospel of...

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Leaning on God When You Are in Agony

Leaning on God When You Are in Agony

And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him.  Matthew 26:39; Luke 22:43   (From the...

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The Importance of “Watching”

The Importance of “Watching”

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to His Disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is...

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