Hungry? Offer It Up for Marriage

Lent - no hamburger

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...]

A Little Lent Within Lent: The Tradition of Ember Days

An Ember Day (or "Ymber Day") Pie, baked from a recipe found in a fourteenth century book.

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...]

THEN YOUR LIGHT SHALL BREAK FORTH LIKE THE DAWN: What God REALLY Wants From You This Lent

As we continue our journey of forty days, it’s good to remember that fasting from food is good, but what God REALLY wants from us is our gift of self—expressed in a love for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the downtrodden. The first reading at Mass today explains it all:  Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: That a man bow his head like a reed, and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? This, rather, is the fast … [Read more...]


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