Make Your Mardi “Gras”!

A Guest Post by Monsignor Richard Soseman Hilaire Belloc was French born of an English mother, and he maintained dual citizenship throughout his life.  Although he lived at a time in England when there was still a very anti Catholic atmosphere throughout society, he remained a fervent Catholic as he lived his many faceted career as a serious writer and scholar, satirist, Member of Parliament, and mentor and friend to many of the other writers of that period, people like G.K. Chesterton and … [Read more...]

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Hungry? Offer It Up for Marriage

The U.S. Bishops have an idea:  With the Supreme Court about to hear an important case on the rights of homosexuals to marry, the bishops invite you to fast today.  Dedicate your penance, they urge, for the intention of marriage: For the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in itself and for all of society. This is a good idea.  Just pu … [Read more...]

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A Little Lent Within Lent: The Tradition of Ember Days

Do you remember Ember Days?If you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember those days of fast and abstinence which occurred in four seasons of the year.  Father John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, explained the Ember Days like this: They were the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St. Lucy (December 13), the First Sunday of Lent, Pentecost, and the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14). So this week we would observe the Ember Days, were the rule still in effect.  A … [Read more...]

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