There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to do the last thing I mention, so instead we can touch on the three traditional practices during the first three weeks, and then let...
Lent starts today.
That means there are no more days to really think about what we plan on doing for the next 40 days (minus the Sundays, because that’s how we do it where I’m from) to prepare our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies for the holiest feast of the entire year.
And I want to mention one thing: if you plan on giving something up, don’t give up a sin.
You heard me:...
In a previous post, I stated that I would use this Lent as a time to reflect on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul lists in Galatians 5. The first fruit Paul mentions is that of love. Probably the most powerful statement of God’s love for us appears in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might...
Sorry for yelling, but it seems the folks at CNN are thusly surprised at research demonstrating the existence of a “moral core” and a “sense of justice” that is albeit “tragically limited.” How do they know? Baby research:
The first test is the simplest. Show a baby an example of good behavior [demonstrated by a bunny puppet], and then an example of bad...
I am blessed to be in a parish that always has very reverent and beautiful liturgies, whether they are the Ordinary Form or the Extraordinary Form. We try to wake up for the early 7:30 am EF most Sunday’s, but this last week due to a late night for the kids we decided to “sleep in” and go to the 8:30 am OF. The one year old managed to last in the pew until the homily and then I was pacing...
A single verse from the second reading this last Sunday caught my attention as a bloggable text. Here are the fruits of that investigation:
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. – Corinthians 3:17
In context, St. Paul was writing about the bodies of the Corinthians (and of us all), but the analogy only works if...