I was given a devotional some years ago by a Catholic bookstore employee as I was entering the seminary. I’ve used it a fair amount over the years, but there are few things in it that touch me more than this sonnet. I share it with you now on the most suitable day of the year. It’s a good one to keep in mind on Good Friday.
I am not moved to you, O my God,
That I might hope in...
Monday of Holy Week is already upon us. How did that happen? One day it’s Mardi Gras and we’re living it up, eating cheese steaks and (separately) chocolate, and then, bam! We’re standing for the longest Gospel of the year and wondering why we wore the high heels. Maybe it’s because of all the time we’ve spent focusing on the Holy Father(s) and the conclave...
I won’t lie. Until about five minutes ago, I had no real idea as to what I was going to write for today’s post. In my head, thoughts about Lent, Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father, and Sts. Cyril and Methodius were running a muck, each vying for the spot. (Also running through my mind: how to get a two month old to sleep and how to simultaneously quiet down both of her sisters.)...
Over the last week, a plethora of articles immersed the Catholic blogoshere in the subject of Lent. Content to allow my contemporaries handle the topic, I chose to continue tossing my usual hay on the fire – that is, until Inspiration came knocking at my door about a week late and a dollar short. I gave Inspiration my watch and a buck and this is what he had to say.
When I was a child,...
It has finally come again. The Season of Lent, I am speaking of. I always find it a relief. Many folks are surprised to hear me say that. I think of a scene from the vintage 1970s biopic “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.” St. Francis has shed his clothing and is making a ruckus in the piazza below the Cathedral. The bishop – depicted as an obese and aloof aristocrat – is about...