What a smile!

Deacon Greg get his hands on the best picturesFrom Ash Wednesday: … [Read more...]

The Worst Thing About Ash Wednesday

It's always the sermon.I don't know what it is with priests, but they just don't get it. Without a laughtrack or a commentator or a jumbotron we only have a four-minute attention span, and they keep insisting on giving us 10-12 minutes, even on Ash Wednesday at 5 PM when people tired and thinking about supper and the kids are getting cranky.Yes, I did the 5PM service today. Just a Service of the Word, not a mass, and it was packed. And the priest - a wonderful, holy man, extremely … [Read more...]

What are you giving up for Lent?

Super Tuesday is on, ummm...Tuesday.And then Ash Wednesday follows, and the forty days of Lent, a time of quietening down - playing less, praying more. It seems like a perfect time for the over-harried American electorate to get centered, look within instead of without, and to beg Christ to draw near, to teach us, and to give us wisdom. A time to back away from "the world" and all of its priority-skewering noise, and focus on matters of the spirit.I think we need it. We need the forty … [Read more...]

So, What are you Reading for Lent?

Last year I wrote about The Tradition of Lenten Reading, so this year I thought I would presume to play Abbess and lay out a selection of books you might find interesting reading during these 40 days.The Rule of St. Benedict "Listen my child, to the master's instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart..."The Catholic Passion: Rediscovering the Power And Beauty of the Faith, Reviewed here. Perfect book if you've been away or are wondering why you stay.My Life With the … [Read more...]

I have set before you life and death…

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, New American Bible)Just a quick round-up on Terri's case. LaShawn Barber points us to the latest update (Greer's stay). Scroll down a bit to see her very helpful list of bloggers who have been with this story from the … [Read more...]

The Tradition of Lenten Reading…

In monastic houses, particularly in those following the Rule of St. Benedict (Benedictines and Trappists, among others) part of Lenten observation was to be spent in reading.During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent. RB, 48:14-16.St. Benedict deemed that study and … [Read more...]