Doodle for Hunger

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Lent Prep: Confession Primer

Been a long time since you've been to confession?Well...Lent is comingSo are hard times.If you're feeling fretful, you may want to try incorporating some prayer and spiritual discipline into your life. And if you're Catholic, and you want to get back into church, and begin to re-engage with the sacraments, or simply to get the most out of Lent, you might want to try going back to confession.I confess, I love this sacrament and lately have been partaking of it once a month, both for the … [Read more...]

Nuns in Kentucky Ice

On February 14, a Passionist Nun from St. Joseph's Monastery posted their first news and photos of the January 27 ice storm which - though barely mentioned in the press, or by the steak-eating, super-bowl-watching president - claimed over 50 lives and (as of the 14th when the nun was writing) has left many thousands still without power.I...heard tremendous popping and crashing sounds. This was the sound of trees, tops of trees and very large branches completely covered in ice, breaking and … [Read more...]

Advice: In Hard Times, "Give More" – UPDATED

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." -- Mark … [Read more...]

Virginity, Chastity, Nunstuff

Got an email from someone today wondering why I did not write about Candlemas.Feb 2 is actually one of my very favorite feast days, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, (if I'd ever become a nun I'd have been Sr. Mary Whatever of the Presentation of the Christ) and I would write something about it, but Kansas Catholic has such beautiful pictures, and this priest has the info, so I'll just send you over there.Meanwhile, some young women are advancing in their spiritual journeys within … [Read more...]

Aboard Air Force One & More – UPDATED

Sorry so quiet - big family birthday shindig yesterday and today I am working on a project for Lent.8 PM Tonight, National Geographic Channel: On Board Air Force One:Journey inside the most secure aircraft in the world, Air Force One, as it carries the President through the confusion and terror of 9/11, a secret mission into Baghdad and a whirlwind diplomatic mission through the Middle East. With unprecedented access, National Geographic introduces you to the presidential pilot and the crew … [Read more...]

The Deac Speaks!

Deacon Greg Kandra does a podcast interview over at America Magazine.He's got a nice voice. I'm trying to wheedle him into doing something together, but as I wrote the other day, I can't podcast again until we find some way to quiet down the computer. Since it was repaired the noise is off the charts!Go take a listen to Greg!And my stuff is over here. I really hope I can get things fixed before Lent. … [Read more...]

Lo-Cal Valentine's Day Gifts

Ah, it's approaching fast! I have two suggestions for you, and neither of 'em will make you fat!First, the good Carmelite Monks behind Mystic Monk Coffee offer their "Chocolate Cherry Coffee" in regular or decaf, and it is delish. I am not usually a fan of chocolate flavors in my coffee, but we picked up a bag of this and it really is chocolate-cherry tasty. I usually drink it with just milk, but occasionally I'll use a little sugar and whipped cream for a treat. Either way, we'll be … [Read more...]

"…if you have not love, you are nothing"

An Orthodox Hermit says it all, and it's very humbling to hear.H/T Reader DickI have to get quieter. I have so far to go.He says: "without purity one cannot approach holiness..."I am sure he means purity of body and mind and spirit.I have far to go.This young one has wisely started early. Her story is here, here, here and hereIt is Vocation awareness week: How to encourage vocations More. And more.In the UK: a crisis in the vocation of marriage. … [Read more...]

Friday Linkaround

Quiet today. After gabbing and watching videos through the night, we put Buster on a plane headed back to school early this morning, then went to mass and - since it was offered - took the opportunity to go to confession, and then came home and promptly fell asleep until the early afternoon. Can't remember the last time I've done that. Felt kind of good, actually!So, here is a link around to stuff you may or may not be seeing elsewhere. It's a long post, but stick with it; I don't think … [Read more...]