Twice a month the staff of St. Gregory the Great Church send out a spiritual reflection to all parishioners for whom we have an e-mail address. What follows are the most recent of these reflections. If you would like to have your name added to our e-mail reflection list, please e-mail us at info@stgregory.net, and we will add your name to our listing.



In high school I was diagnosed as needing glasses. When I first got the diagnosis that I needed glasses, my first reaction was disbelief. I thought to myself – I can see just fine. I don’t need glasses. Nonetheless, I ended up getting glasses. And when I put them on for the first time, to my great surprise, I could see clearly – all kinds of things I couldn’t see before.

This experience highlights for me a problem that we all experience from time to time with our vision, both literally and figuratively. We are so sure that we are seeing everything correctly that we don’t know what we are missing. We presume we see clearly, but do we really?

Lent is a time for us to get new prescriptions. Lent is the time to examine the lenses through which we view the world and its wide variety of people. Has our vision begun to get a little fuzzy since Lent of last year? The amazing thing is that even though we are all completely different, we all need the exact same prescription, the same lenses through which to view the world. And our lenses are the eyes of Jesus Christ – the same Jesus who opened the eyes of the man born blind in our gospel for the fourth Sunday of Lent and who wants to do the same for us.

During these last three weeks of Lent, may Jesus give us the grace we need to be able to see as he sees. Through the lens of our faith and belief in Jesus, our world becomes a place of beauty and hope, promise and possibility. And why wouldn’t all of us want to see that.



A few weeks ago I read the book, The Shack. I saw the movie a few days ago and I was impressed with how the film skillfully portrayed the story of a father’s struggle with faith and his journey to conversion. In many ways it is a modern day version of the biblical story of Job. Without giving away the story line I found myself relating to the father’s experience of loss, living in a constant state of sadness, and feeling God’s absence more than God’s presence. As the story unfolds I found myself stretched to consider new and surprising ways of divine mystery that are both personal and compelling.

I suggest that this might be an appropriate film to experience, especially during this Lenten season, as we make our way to the pascal mystery, to find healing, hope and the newness of Easter Life in Christ.