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Written by: Bro. Brian Poulin


April 1, 2023 – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent



There are different kinds of endings we face in our lives. Some are jarringly sudden. Other endings transpire unobserved and only become apparent in hindsight. Sometimes its nice to have advance notice.


With that in mind, I would like to announce here to my readers that I will be bringing this blog series to a close with June’s post. As such, there are only two more to go after this one. Several people have expressed appreciation for this blog over the past few years, and I think that in some ways it has also been good for me, despite the burden it has also been. As somebody who does not tend to journal, writing in this public way often required me to capture thoughts that had already been whirling around my head and clarify them for others. I’d be surprised if I ever got to the point of missing this regular endeavor, but I don’t begrudge having done it and I imagine it has also benefited me in some ways.


One of my great challenges in exercising adequate self-care is my tendency at times to take on too much. I like to be productive and I find value in pretty much every individual responsibility or engagement I take on. It is not hard to recognize on the theoretical level that too many good things are still too many things. So how do I move forward? Determine what to drop, and also reduce, share out, or do some other things differently so as to steadfastly carry forward that which is most essential while also making energy for new initiatives.


Prioritizing can be hard work for somebody who doesn’t like to say no. Part of my general attitude in ministry and particularly in vocation ministry has been to say yes to any opportunity I can. Those of us who are Catholic may feel tempted to always say yes to any given request in the belief that we are following Mary’s example as at the Annunciation. We must remember though that Mary did not necessarily say yes to everything — she said yes to what God was asking of her. And at times, saying yes to God must have also meant saying no to other things. We need to remember that saying yes to God does not mean saying yes to our compulsions, to ego, or to our desire to please others.


Lent has been a time for many of us to rediscover the importance of saying no. Hopefully though, we remember the values that motivated whatever sacrifices we made during this season so we can be clear on what we’re actually saying yes to. Strengthening our values in this way will hopefully leave us feeling renewed once we end our particular temporary disciplines. After all, Lent is ending too.


So yes, I am looking forward to offloading thig blog, and I am hopeful that relief from this particular initiative may translate to some other good. After all, there is both a time for ending and a time for starting. Let us give thanks to God through it all.



There’s no deep significance to this month’s ‘ear candy.’ But as we approach the end of Lent 2023, the end of this blog series, and who knows how many other endings, it’s only natural to have a bit of a countdown. The ‘brain food’ details a moment that indigenous peoples have been awaiting for a long time with regards to the Catholic Church.


Ear Candy: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Brain Food: “Vatican Formally Repudiates ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ Used to Justify Colonization” by Christopher White


Come back on the first Saturday of next month for a new post!




Previous Posts:


Mar 4 – Joy in the Holy Spirit

Feb 4 – Second Coat

Jan 7 – Pick It Up. Carry It.


Dec 3 – Waiting for Us

Nov 12 – Millstones

Oct 1 – House of Healing

Sep 3 – Voice 

Aug 6 – Journey

Jul 2 – If the Lord Does Not Build the Playhouse

Jun 4 – The Sacrament of Fun

May 7 – How They Love

Apr 2 – Be Like Mary

Mar 5 – Unbound

Feb 5 – Glitch 

Jan 8 – Making It Real


Dec 4 – Reason for Hope

Nov 6 – Unspeakable Love

Oct 2 – God of the Always

Sep 4 – Time Unchained

Aug 7 – Pray for Us

Jul 3 – Real Presence

Jun 5 – Bag of Squirrels

May 1 – Brothers 

Apr 3 – Plan B

Mar 6 – Times 40

Feb 6 – Testimony 

Jan 2 – Unconditional 


Dec 5 – Gestation

Nov 7 – Where Hope Lives

Oct 3 – Enough 

Sep 5 – Assembly Required

Aug 1 – Stumped 

July 4 – Bitter and Sweet

June 6 – Fire

May 30 – Brother’s Keeper

May 23 – Remote

May 16 – Getting By

Apr. 25 – Thank God It’s Saturday

Apr. 18 – Joseph’s Fiat

Apr. 11 – Bells & Sirens

Apr. 4 – Adaptation

Mar. 28 – Guest Column

Mar. 21 – Moving Forward

Mar. 14 – Reality Check

Mar. 7 – Soar 

Feb. 29 – Hiking Lessons

Feb. 22 – Love in the Desert

Feb. 15 – Beautiful Life

Feb. 8 – Bad Science

Feb. 1 – All Shall Be Well

Jan. 25 – Let Somebody Love You

Jan. 18 – Extraordinary Time

Jan. 11 – L’Chaim!

Jan. 4 – Decisive


Dec. 28 – Can’t Alone

Dec. 21 – Unexpected Gifts 

Dec. 14 – No Room

Dec. 7 – End of the World

Nov. 30 – Elective Unpleasantness

Nov. 23 – Always Greater

Nov. 16 – Coloring Book

Nov. 9 – Justice and Mercy

Nov. 2 – Together in Loneliness

Oct. 26 – Gently

Oct. 19 – Flow

Oct. 12 – In This Place

Oct. 5 – Why Understanding

Sep. 28 – Stone to Flesh

Sep. 21 – Let God

Sep. 14 – Passion

Sep. 7 – Hermanos

Aug. 31 – 525,600

Aug. 24 – Pathway

Aug. 17 – Crazy Together

Aug. 10 – To Bridge

Aug. 3 – Stripes

July 27 – Ghost Town

July 20 – Adrift

July 13 – Borders without Borders

July 6 – Little Bit at a Time

June 29 – Holy Dissent

June 22 – Old Kentucky Home

June 15 – Steamer Trunk

June 8 – Squad

June 1 – Legacy

May 25 – Live like You’re Loved

May 18 – Purity of Heart

May 11 – Builders and Creator

May 4 – Value Proposition

Apr. 27 – Vital Signs

Apr. 20 – Let It Be Real

Apr. 13 – Meet Self

Apr. 6 – Let Go of the Best

Mar. 30 – Thirst

Mar. 23 – Back Home

Mar. 16 – Say Goodbye

Mar. 9 – Garden and Desert

Mar. 2 – In Transit

Feb. 23 – Wealth

Feb. 16 – In Place

Feb. 9 – Each and All

Feb. 2 – Not Disneyland

Jan. 26 – Pilgrim People

Jan. 19 – Waking Dream

Jan. 12 – Called and Sent

Jan. 5 – Divine Encounter


Dec. 29 -- Resolution

Dec. 22 – Room for Love?

Dec. 15 – Humbug!

Dec. 8 – Let It Begin with Me

Dec. 1 – Driven by Love

Nov. 24 – What Manner of King

Nov. 17 – Stranger

Nov. 10 – I Need Help to Be Holy

Nov. 3 – Fully Alive

Oct. 27 – Behind the Curtain

Oct. 20 – Questions. Answers?

Oct. 13 – Stumble & Fall

Oct. 6 – Young World

Sep. 29 – Defend Us in Battle

Sep. 22 – The Taste of Water

Sep. 15 – God’s Plan

Sep. 8 – Life Finds a Way