Wednesday’s Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


The Law, The Truth, The Gospel

The Law

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

The readings for Wednesday, March 22, ask us to reflect on the law. We know how hard it is to think about laws because we hate being told what to do, be honest. But in this present time in history, our understanding and appreciation for laws are being sorely tried.

We rant and rave about the laws and how unfair they are, etc, etc, and rightfully so. Man-made laws are unfair, every day in every way. God’s laws, not so much. Continue reading →

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“because of the word of the woman.” (John 4)

Reflection by Sr. Pat Moran, OP

This past Sunday’s Gospel, “The Woman At the Well,” resounds with the call and mission of the Dominican vocation “because of the word of the woman!” I think a lifetime of study could never fully unearth the richness and meaning of the teachings found in this Gospel.

The story begins with Jesus at Jacob’s well in the wretched town of Samaria. The disciples have left for town and Jesus is alone…and waiting. A nameless woman approaches shouldering her water-jar. It’s high noon and we get the sense she’s weary, maybe weary with life. Continue reading →

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Lent: When Less Is More

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

True Confession

True confession: I’m not a big fan of Lent, mostly because I rarely come up with a Lenten practice that feels like it’s going to make me a better person. That might sound like a heresy when I see it in print, but it’s true. It’s also a little embarrassing. The question, “What are you going to give up for Lent?” reminds me of New Year’s resolutions – all good intentions with little hope of actually having an impact. Continue reading →

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This Lent: A Prepositional Proposition

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Let’s all give up “giving up”

I won’t argue about who had this thought first – Pope Francis or me – but I suggested this to the parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish in Shawnee, KS, at the close of their parish mission, and in the spirit and sparkle of Mardi Gras.

This Lent, let’s all give up GIVING UP. Let’s replace this preposition UP with a few others that might lead us into a less self-centered piety, a less individual practice of discipline. Lent is far more about our entering into the heart of Christ and his passionate saving love for humankind, our stepping out of personal penance to be more loving, merciful and compassionate.

How about Giving TO? Or Giving FOR? Or Giving OF? Or Giving IN? Or Giving BY? Or Giving THROUGH? Continue reading →

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Ashes, ashes, we all forgive.

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Ashes remind us…

A priest friend of mine once told me that more people go to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day except Christmas. Not just Catholics but people of all different faiths. They all come to get ashes on their foreheads. Why would they do this?

This visible symbol of our humanity reminds us that we are imperfect…that we make mistakes…that we need mercy and forgiveness. They also remind us that we must extend mercy and forgiveness to others for their imperfections also. Continue reading →

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