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February 26, 2012: 1st Sunday of Lent

What would have Jesus prayed about when He was alone?

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:12-15)

This is an interesting gospel. The words say, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.” I think that means that something inside of Jesus, maybe a sense that his Father wanted him to do it, made him feel that He needed to be alone–maybe to think about the next things he wanted to say to His disciples…certainly to pray to his Father.


Do you ever feel that you need to be alone in order to think something through? Maybe this is something you have experienced…maybe not. But there will be times in your life that you need to think about something in order to understand it more completely. And the only way to do that is to go to your room, or to some place where you are comfortable, and talk to God about what is bothering you–and about what you should do about it.

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Sister Jeanne Knoerle

Sister Jeanne Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 64 years. She taught for many years at schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. and was the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1968 to 1983. Sister Jeanne passed away in June 2013. Read Sister Jeanne’s Obituary here.

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