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Third Sunday of Lent - Reflection by Fr Michael de Stoop
Last edited 11th March 2011

On this third Sunday of Lent for 2011, Fr Michael de Stoop looks at today's Gospel, where we hear the story of the Samaritan woman who encounters Christ at the well. Fr Michael talks about our natural desire for God's love and compassion, and compares the Samaritan woman's conversion to the conversion we experience in the Sacrament of Confession.

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Second Sunday of Lent - Reflection by Fr Jim McKeon
Last edited 11th March 2011

On this second Sunday of Lent for 2011, Fr Jim McKeon continues to reflect on the themes of temptation and sin. By looking at the power of God's grace, Fr Jim talks about the way we as frail human beings, can achieve great things - but only if we are ready to open our hearts and listen to God.

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First Sunday of Lent - Reflection by Fr John Flynn
Last edited 11th March 2011

On this first Sunday of Lent for 2011, the Gospel readings present us with the dramatic scene of the temptations of Jesus. In this episode of Xt3's Sunday reflection podcast, our very own Fr John Flynn reflects on this confronting Gospel scene, and talks about how to overcome temptation to avoid sin.

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Reflection for Lent 2011 - Cardinal George Pell
Last edited 31st March 2011

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten Season, and a day of fasting and abstinence. To help you kick start your Lenten journey for 2011, Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has a message for all on Xt3!

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A Reflection on Penance
Last edited 10th March 2011

Lent is a time of penance and fasting. But why? What do we gain from giving up what makes us comfortable? The great Medieval saint and doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas writes: "By suffering out of love and obedience, Christ gave more to God than was required to compensate for the offense of the whole human race." So why does God ask that we do penance, if the debt has already been paid? Today's article is a reflection on meaning of penance and suffering in our world today, written by James Akin for EWTN.

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No Room in Heaven
Last edited 13th February 2011

Watch this video for a beautiful and challenging reflection on the Gospel for Sunday 13 February 2011, in which we hear Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount.


World Day of the Sick
Last edited 13th February 2011

Why does God allow us to suffer? On 11 February the Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is also the World Day of the Sick - a special day founded by John Paul II to allow us to comtemplate the meaning of suffering.

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The "Order of Mass" - New Missal Translation
Last edited 22nd October 2012

Here is a copy of the draft "Order of the Mass" using the New Missal translation, which is due to be released in parishes later this year. The new translation links the Liturgy of the Holy Mass with Sacred Scripture and is excellent for catechesis. Download the full PDF here on Xt3!

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"Friends of Christ" CAEC Lenten Program 2011
Last edited 22nd October 2012

The "Friends of Christ" Lenten Program has five sessions, based on the Gospels for Year A in Lent, beginning with the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent. In addition, Cardinal George Pell has provided a reflection for the First Week of Lent, which can be used in an introductory session.

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Day of Prayer for African American Families
Last edited 6th February 2011

Since 1976, February has been celebrated as 'African American History' month in the USA, and since 1989 an annual day of prayer for African American families was established, which is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of February. Watch this video for more!


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