Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Lent is Almost Over. Have you made it to Confession?

I know that most of you who read this blog are good Catholics and don’t need to read this But perhaps you know some one who does. If so, print the PDF of this Column and slip it under the door, or over the transom, of a lukewarm or fallen away Catholic. Jesus will be glad [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Key to True Fasting

Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. Even the two days where fasting is required for those over 18 and under 60, it is really a mitigated fast of two small “snack-like” meals and one regular sized meal (no snacks in between now!). Not really a fast at all. A truer fast [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession?

It’s Holy Week and Lent is drawing to a close. Have you made a good confession? It just doesn’t seem possible that any Lent can be complete or even proper without going to confession. In many diocese there is a “Light is On for You” outreach wherein confession is available in all the parishes of [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the Footsteps:With Mary

In honor of Mary, Mother of God  Warm rain joined pilgrims this morning on their way to the oldest church in the West dedicated to Our Lady, St. Mary Major. Miraculous snow on 5 August 353 AD marked the spot where Our Lady desired this church to be erected on the Esquiline Hill. The title [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the footsteps… How to pray

The lifeblood of the church Today, we continued our Lenten Station Masses at Sant’Anastasia.  On the way to this church, we walked past the Circus Maximus, a great field dedicated to sporting events in Ancient Rome.  Although Roman charioteers would have entertained the crowds in the Circus Maximus, this sight was also the place where many martyrs gave their [...] Read the rest of this entry »

You Are Going to Die

At yesterday’s Ash Wednesday Masses many of you heard the ancient acclamation, as ashes were imposed: Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. Yesterday’s beginning of the Lenten season puts before us an urgent plea that we should be sober and watchful of our soul and its condition, for the form [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking in the footsteps of the saints and martyrs of Rome

Join us on a virtual pilgrimage along the routes of the saints and martyrs of the Roman church. Read the rest of this entry »

Prayer Practice For Lent: Praying the Universal Prayer in Slow Motion

I have often thought that the second greatest prayer ever written is the Universal Prayer attributed to Pope Clement XI. Most people have never heard of it. But it is magnificent. Its sweeping themes cascade like a fountain and it is comprehensive without being too detailed so that it looses its poetry. So many themes [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Time for a renovation?

Six months ago we had a flood at our home which caused extensive damage to our first floor. As the walls were being removed, we discovered mold, some that was caused by the flood and some that had been there for quite some time, growing and spreading. The discovery of mold led to the removal [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking with Jesus in Holy Week – A daily Calendar

                  At the heart of our faith is the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ Final week. We call this “Holy Week” for Jesus’ public ministry culminates [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday. We remember and make present the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem to begin his final week and initiate his Passion. All four Gospels recount this triumphant entry that Sunday Morning so long ago, but made present to us today. As you receive your palms, consider that you are part of [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Four Last Things

Traditional Catholic theology has distinguished the “Four Last Things” : Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. We are admonished to meditate upon these things frequently. We WILL die, be judged, and spend eternity either in Hell, or in Heaven (likely after some time in purgatory). All men are appointed to die once, and after that face The [...] Read the rest of this entry »