You Big Ol’ Pomegranate, You!


Man is like a pomegranate:  Inside he contains many tiny fleshy seeds, like the many elements of creation.  God mixed them all together and breathed into them the breath of life.That was the message from Monsignor Angelo De Donatis to Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia this week, as he led them in meditation and prayer on the third day of their Lenten Retreat.L’Osservatore Romano reported that to explain his metaphor, Msgr. De Donatis had with him a juicy pomegranate which he hel … [Read more...]

Santa Sabina, First of the Lenten “Station Churches”

Santa Sabina - exterior

Today Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday liturgy at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, on the Aventine Hill.The choice of Santa Sabina for today's liturgy was not arbitrary. Santa Sabina is the first of the Lenten Station Churches. In a tradition dating back to the early Church, the faithful of Rome gathered each day of Lent for Mass at a different church. It was, in a sense, a “pilgrimage” for those who could not afford to travel to a distant shrine or pilgrimage site.Today, sem … [Read more...]

Lenten Inspiration: The Angelic Voices of the Benedictine Sisters

Lent at Ephesus - cover

Lent is approaching; and if you're like me, you really do try during Lent to find more time for prayer, more opportunities for quiet reflection, more impetus to draw nearer to Christ.This year, I have an idea:  I've been listening to Lent at Ephesus, the third and most recent CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  I had it in my car; but for me (at least this year), the driving-in-the-snow-and-potholes thing hasn't worked very well—the road noise has distracted from the sis … [Read more...]