Homily for April 10, 2011: 5th Sunday of Lent

Every now and then, you’ll find a film critic who bemoans the state of Hollywood movies by pointing out that there are too many sequels. Last year, a writer noted that in 2010 there were 86 sequels in various stages of development.  Just this year, we have “Scream 4″ about to open,  along with “Underworld [Read More...]

And now, a few words from St. Ephrem

Hunting for an Orthodox prayer for the next issue of the magazine, my Associate Editor stumbled upon these wise and especially timely words from the saint who was also a deacon: Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and [Read More...]

One more reason to fast during Lent

It turns out regular churchgoers take up more room in the pews: Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement. What is unclear [Read More...]

A Lenten lectio: "Serenity now!"

I know the feeling. A classic bit from “Seinfeld”: [Read more...]

"The Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns"

That’s how it’s described in one parish in Albany, according to Fr. Z.  One of his readers picked up this description of the event — happening tonight, if you’re in the neighborhood — from the archives of the local paper: While clowns are seen as symbols of humor, the Clown Ministry Associates take a page [Read More...]

"We are citizens of a world on fire…"

Last night, I was invited to preside at Evening Prayer at a neighboring parish in Queens.  The good folks over at the Catholic portal at Patheos have posted the homily, which offers a few thoughts about Lent, one week on, and building something out of the ashes: More than ever before, it seems, we live [Read More...]

Bishop: give up sex for Lent

And you thought giving up chocolate was tough. Try this idea, from a bishop in the Philippines: Proving that Catholic and Islam also have some commonality, a Roman Catholic prelate said abstinence from sex during the Lenten Season is also something that they are encouraging couples to do. But according to Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, [Read More...]

A song for the desert: "My Lord Did Trouble Me"

I first posted this a few months back, but it’s worth a second hearing.  Here’s a rich performance of a great song by Tom Jones — and the video below includes the arid landscape of the desert, as well as a clutch of rosary beads. It’s a perfect anthem for Lent. [Read more...]

Sarah Palin on Lent: "Catholic baptism and catechism classes have stuck with me"

“I do observe Lent, and my family and I have traditionally sacrificed something during these weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. When I was growing up, my Irish Catholic grandfather would remind me that sacrifices offered up during Lent are to be like tithing — if you advertise your ’sacrifice’ and tithe then you negate any spiritual gains. [Read More...]

The largest Stations of the Cross in the world

These are really something:  the Stations of the Cross, in Rome.  Below, a shot of their installation, from Catholic News Service. Details, and the story behind them, from Zenit: This week, the grand avenue of the Vatican is taking on another guise, the Via Crucis. Fourteen life-size stations line the wide sidewalk of the Via [Read More...]


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