Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on Flickr Connect on YouTube

Tag: Lent

Four Immediate Results of Jesus’ Death on the Cross

March 25, 2016 4 Comments
Four Immediate Results of Jesus’ Death on the Cross

Let’s conclude our consideration of certain texts from the Passion Narratives with one that describes the aftermath of Jesus’ death. The Gospel of Matthew recounts four immediate results of Jesus’ death, and while they describe historical events, they also signal deeper spiritual truths. And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he […]

Continue Reading »

An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

February 10, 2016 2 Comments
An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

As we begin Lent, we do well to recall that we are engaged in a great and dramatic battle for our souls. The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass makes use of the image of a military “campaign” and mentions weapons and battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign […]

Continue Reading »

Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent – A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

February 8, 2016 2 Comments
Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent – A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, […]

Continue Reading »

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

April 1, 2012 24 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »

The Key to True Fasting

February 22, 2012 14 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession?

April 17, 2011 27 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »

Walking in the Footsteps:With Mary

March 16, 2011 0 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »

Walking in the footsteps… How to pray

March 15, 2011 0 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »