Lent is a great time for us to refocus our lives on what is most important, to turn away from worldly concerns and come back to the Lord with our whole hearts. Lent is about discipleship, about discovering a way of following the Lord in a new and more intense manner. In past Lents, I […]Read more "The Joy of Discipleship"
Today we begin one of Holy Mother Church’s most ancient observances, the solemn fast of Lent. The ashes that we receive today are a relic of what in the early days of the Church was called the order of penitents. Before the sacrament of confession because widely available in the Middle Ages, it was only […]Read more "The Order of Penitents"
+ AMDG + From the Gospel today, it would seem that it is Christmas all over again. And, really, it is. Christmas is one of the two great feasts of the Church’s year that is celebrated not just for one day, but for eight – an octave, eight days of celebration. On the eighth day […]Read more
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” Wars and insurrections, persecutions, famines, and strife and tribulation. These are the images we have been seeing over the past few weeks in the readings presented for our consideration by Holy Mother Church, readings that describe the end of the world. But […]Read more "Preparing for Christ"