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 … [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, … [Read more...]

REMEMBER, MAN, THAT YOU ARE DUST: Yeah, Right.

Remember, man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. --Genesis 3:19 Yeah, right.  You know, in your heart of hearts, that that means everyone else but you—don’t you?  It’s the human condition.  We give lip service to our mortality, joking about it at the water cooler with a wry smile—but we live as though there were no tomorrow, and no end of tomorrows.  It seems that many of us don’t REALLY believe that one day we will be gone, and the earth will continue on its … [Read more...]


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