Make Your Mardi “Gras”!

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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...]

40 Days, 40 Ways to Grow Closer to God

40 Days 40 Ways

Are you ready for Lent?If you, like me, have been stalling about "getting ready for Lent," with the expectation that all the prayers and sacrifices and stuff will just fall into place come Ash Wednesday, you might like to take a look at Marcellino D'Ambrosio's new book, 40 Days, 40 Ways:  A New Look at Lent.It works like this:  On each day of Lent, Marcellino suggests one way that you can observe the season.  Here's an example, the first entry for Ash Wednesday: Day 1.  Ashes are a sign … [Read more...]

Just in Time for Lent: Fr. Longenecker Brings Back the Master Tempter Slubgrip

Slubgrip Instructs

Lent is a season of penitence:  Giving up chocolate.  Turning off the TV.  Fasting from between-meal snacks, and abstaining from eating meat.It's also a season for personal growth:  Prayer.  Reading.  Reflection.So who says you can't enjoy it, too? *     *     *     *     * If you're a fan of the writings of Fr. Dwight Longenecker, as I am, you'll want to rush out before Lent starts (that's February 18, so hurry!) and get your hands on a copy of his newest book, Slubgrip Instructs: Fift … [Read more...]