40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Lent Book

Lent is a partisan animal. How much we pay attention to it largely depends on where we come down in the Body of Christ called the Church. Liturgical churches observing the annual church calendar all went for ashes on their foreheads a few weeks ago. Baptist, evangelical, charismatic, Pentecostal, non-denominational, etc mostly ignore it or [Read More…]

Easter Down Under

By Richard Cole Author, Catholic By Choice This time every year, I think about the celebration of Easter in Australia. What’s it like down under where Lent is the high tide of autumn and Easter is a harvest season? For one thing, I’m told that you won’t see any chocolate Easter bunnies. Rabbits are an [Read More…]

Do Something More: A Review of “Mercy in the City”

Reviewed by Jessica Mesman Griffith The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are among the many lists and prayers I memorized as a child. I still remember the St. Joseph’s picture book with the children carrying the groceries of an elderly man, Jesus hovering above them approvingly. The hymn we sang in Catholic school, “Whatsoever [Read More…]

Mercy in the City: A Q&A with Kerry Weber

“Lent isn’t just a self-help season; we’re called to do these things as a part of a community. We’re called to become better people and to love God more, not simply for ourselves, but so that we can begin to love others more, as well.” — Kerry Weber, author, Mercy in the City Several years [Read More…]

What Happens in Lent Doesn’t Stay in Lent

In a world where the only sacrifices that seems justifiable are those made in our own self-interest, there comes the annual observance of Lent for large tracts of Christianity. For forty days, observers give up habits and swear off desires as a spiritual discipline sharpening their focus on God and culminating in Easter. In my [Read More…]