Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

noah snakes

How is your Lent going? Are you feeling like you're making some spiritual progress, with the fasting and the alms-giving, and the extra prayer-time?Well, Lent is almost over and if you think you've been working hard on your faith in these forty days, know that the evil one has worked even harder. He always does. Every Lent, it's something; every Lent the evil one exploits a matter, with four reliable effects:It impacts the culture-at-large It foments doubt about precepts of faith It … [Read more...]

Lenten Resources: Apps, Links, Music and More – UPDATED

Lent at ephesus

The sun is beginning to set. We're just a few hours away from quietening down for Lent and it's odd, but all day I have felt -- alone in my office, as I am -- a sense of party. I've nibbled at chocolate all day, even though I shouldn't, because it's Fat Tuesday and a worldly sort of day.Even so, I've been collecting some interesting resources to share with you all -- things to help you achieve at least a small measure of interior calm, to start; things to put some heart into your Lenten … [Read more...]

The Big Book of Lent and Easter – UPDATED

Ash Wednesday OOR

Every Ash Wednesday I put away Book III of the Liturgy of the Hours, and pull out Book II for the Lenten and Easter Season.Book III is pretty big, but Book II is "the big book." It's a book that carries a little bit of penance for me, on days when the arthritis in my hands is acting up, because just holding it in prayer sometimes makes me aware of pain. The book gets heavy, but Lent is a heavy time; as my prayer is distracted, I simply offer it up -- I look at the crucifix on my oratory and … [Read more...]

Benedict’s Profound Talk on Creation, Freedom, Sin, Love

benedict at desk

Yesterday, I posted some thoughts on how the book of Genesis seems, so frequently to mirror John's Gospel, at least in the beginning, and assigned myself the task of spending Lent prayerfully reading both books, "side-by-side", so to speak.Then I read our tireless, ever-working Pope Benedict's splendid remarks to his general audience, this morning, and it seems Papa is looking deeply at Genesis this week, too! And he has some wonderful things to say to us about creation, freedom, sin and … [Read more...]

Yes We Can: the Hospitality of Lent

serving hands

When God, in the beginning, created man, he made him subject to his own free choice. If you choose you can keep the commandments; it is loyalty to do his will. There are set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given him. -- Sirach 15:14-17Read in conjunction with this, and in light of all of my pathetic failings of which I moan to God in prayer, it occurs to me that I've spent my whole life … [Read more...]

Barron on Lent

Father Barron on Lent. Touches on some of the discussions going on in the comboxes. … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday: 2 Sermons, 5 Books Lotsa Links!


Well, it's Ash Wednesday, thanks, thanks be to God! We head into forty days of intentional slowing-down, of being more prayerful, more thoughtful, less reactive. I don't know about you, but I totally need some Lenten silence, discipline and turning away from the world, especially the world of politics right now.If you're not sure what all the hubbaloo is about, Marys Aggies explains it all or, if you don't feel like reading, here's a great two-minute video!What are you giving up for … [Read more...]

And the winners are….

So, my first simple book giveaway has yielded three winners...which is good, because I only have three books!And the winners -- totally drawn at random by Patheos employees at the home office -- are:KathyJ -- Bob Hostetler -- Debbie WhitneyCome on down! You've just won copies of Paula Huston's excellent Simplifying the Soul! What are you going to do next?I know, I know, Disneyworld.But first, you're going to send an email to with a snail-mail address … [Read more...]

A Simple Giveaway for a Simple Book!


Simcha Fisher is doing a book give-away, and it's a book I completely and utterly want to read!And that reminds me: as the Patheos Book Club winds down its look at Paula Huston's Simplifying the Soul, they're giving me three copies to give away myself.We'll keep it simple, because I like simple! In the comments section, tell us what you are feeling inspired to do for this upcoming Lenten season -- are you going to give something up, eat only one meal a day, bike to work, attend Mass … [Read more...]

The Gospel of Tebow? More Reads


Two Tebow pieces of interest to Tebow fans:First up, Joseph Bottum, who made a big hit with his Christmas-themed Amazon Single (a short ebook) Dakota Christmas, has published another one, this time on Tebow: The Gospel According to Tim:Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning a … [Read more...]