March 1 Morning Prayer

I forgot to put it into the podcast, but if you are following along in the breviary (I use the one featured below) we begin on page 707 (using the antiphons for the First Sunday in Lent) and then move to page 268 to pick up the readings, etc.Morning Prayer Podcast is here.Cardinal Justin Rigali with an exhortation to pray, ponder and study:And a quote from Teresa of Avila, who is always a challenging lady:The highest perfection consists not in interior favors or in great raptures or in … [Read more...]

Fridays in Lent

Meatless. We get into the Lenten fare. Fish. Beans and Macaroni (my Elder Son relishes the "pastafazoole"). Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup! Irish Soda Bread! (A slightly different recipe here).And we get together to pray The Way of the CrossJesus Meets His Mother, shamelessly cribbed from Deacon GregDeacon Greg writes about how his parish does this.The Way of the Cross is a challenging and exhilarating devotion. It is sad and mournful. And it makes the knees ache as … [Read more...]

Housekeeping / Commercial Interruption

First, I want to shout out a big thank you to all of you who have used the Amazon search button (or any of my amazon links) to purchase goods - I'm especially grateful for whoever it was bought the Amazon Kindle, as it brought a $35 kickback to the site.What I have been doing with Amazon monies is putting 30% of the earnings into a charity (varies between the hospice which helped my brother and the Summit Nuns Capital Campaign, because our good sisters' kitchen cabinets are falling on them as … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday 2009 w/Poll – UPDATED

Graphic Shamelessly Cribbed from Concord PastorUPDATE: Readings from Mass for Ash Wednesday are podcasted, here.In my never-ending quest to restore a useful awareness over recent, rather bland, instruction, I repost a bit of this:A few years ago a deacon pal and I were discussing ashes. He was helping to distribute them for the first time in his parish and was trying to decide if he would use the old smudge-formula, "Remember you are dust and into dust you shall return," or if he would … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast: Sorrowful Mysteries

If you've ever watched Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, you'll realize you are watching the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, beginning with the Agony in the Garden.I am often asked by non-Catholics why we spend so much time pondering the Passion of the Christ, and not the Resurrection. Well, we do both - just as we, all year long and not just at Christmas, keep the mysteries of his Incarnation before us in various ways, through devotions and feast days, we ponder the mysteries of the … [Read more...]

Fatima & the Rosary – UPDATE

Okay, this is a little "officially weird."I'd been playing with the idea of podcasting the 4 mysteries of the rosary, for Lent, as a help for those who wanted to pray the rosary every day and might like the company. But then my computer had problems and podcasting was out.I'd forgotten all about the idea of doing the rosary.But today - Feb 20 - all day, two things kept pounding in my head. The first was: "Make those rosary podcasts, because the rosary is our weapon...""Weapon", I kept … [Read more...]

Experimental Podcast

I seem to have the noise problem that has prevented podcasts mostly handled, but the removal of a loveseat from my office has created a largeness that I'll have to address - possibly with an area rug. But let me know how this sounds okay? I want to be able to podcast the Liturgy of the Hours, during Lent.I chose to read this piece from 2005.The podcast is here.Perhaps I will record Vespers, real fast, if you want. Let me know. … [Read more...]

Pelosi & the Pope: Do Not Be Afraid

A couple of emails from Catholics expressing displeasure at the news that Nancy Pelosi is heading to Rome with a contingent of legislators and will take a meeting with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.Wrote a former marine who seem pretty angry:I am deeply concerned about this matter as I personally believe that Mrs. Pelosi should be excommunicatedI understand where this fellow is coming from, but I am elated, rather than disturbed, that Mrs. Pelosi is meeting with the pope. I hope the … [Read more...]

Lenten Hymn: Attende Domine

One of my favorite Lenten Hymns:I like that they superimpose the lyrics so you can sing along with this lovely hymn, which is not difficult to master.English translation here.More on it here.My second favorite hymn of Lent is the Pange Lingua: you can hear it here.Related: Sing, my tongue; in praise of Holy Week … [Read more...]

Lent: Dancing in Shadows & Light

A Secular Franciscan friend emailed, thanking me for the Kaddish I linked to here. She wrote: "I'll use it to accompany me through the rest of Lent (because this one will be very very hard to forget any time soon)".Within minutes of her email, another friend wrote: "Lent is here with a vengeance."To both of these I snorted a wry, "tell me about it...I'm having the sort of Lent I prayed I would have because I was too stupid to remember that God takes us at our words. It has been rich but … [Read more...]