When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time (Lk 4:13). Technically, the translation should be that Satan departed from Jesus for a more favorable time. In other words, it was not a one-and-that’s-it temptation for Jesus. Satan was coming back for another try.  And if Satan was coming back to tempt Jesus, there is no reason to think that our life will be free of temptation. Continue reading

1st Sunday in Lent

This coming Sunday marks the first Sunday in Lent (Year C). It is a special day for the catechumens and candidates in the RCIA programs around the country. Here in the diocese of St. Petersburg, all the catechumens will celebrate the Rite of Sending in the parish and then gather at the cathedral for the Rite of Election celebrated with our bishop. It is a day when the RCIA program leaders witness to our community that the folks are well prepared and ready to enter Lent and the final steps towards the celebrations at Easter Vigil. Continue reading