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...]

LOOK NOT ON OUR SINS, BUT ON THE FAITH OF YOUR CHURCH

So now Lent has arrived, and everyone is talking about it.  There are plenty of Catholic columnists and bloggers urging you to go to confession, to purify your soul during this period of penitence.  And it’s all good. I was struck, though, by the humility and the simplicity of one article I read on the subject.  I’m talking about the popular blog in "Catholic New York" by Gotham’s spiritual leader, Archbishop Timothy Dolan. He writes about heading out on Saturday morning, undistinctive in reg … [Read more...]

A JUXTAPOSITION OF SYMBOLS: Keep Your Sacrifices Secret. And Plaster Ashes All Over Your Face.

It’s kinda funny.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warns us against doing good in order to be seen.  He gives us three examples: Almsgiving – “When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will r … [Read more...]


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