Palm Sunday…

Entry Into Jerusalem (09s)

Readings, about Palm Sunday, and Pope Francis on Palm Sunday. … [Read more...]

Listen to Him…


Andrea Previtali, the Transfiguration Oil on panel Pinacoteca di Brera, MilanFrom today's Gospel reading...MT 17:1-9 Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three t … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo..


Mateo Cerezo, the Younger c. 1665 Oil on Canvas Located in the Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest … [Read more...]

Lenten Fine Art Fridays…


Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, The Agony Of Christ c. 1615 … [Read more...]

Digital Lent …


The kids with their apps and fancy smart phones.Did you know reminders to pray and abstain from meat can be delivered right to your phone? Isn't technology amazing?Here's four suggested apps from NCR. Magnificat Magazine also has a downloadable app but I'm sort of partial to Focus's Lentsanity campaign. It's quirky and visually entertaining.What's that you say? You don't own a smart phone. Don't worry, neither do I. I prefer old school, daily email reminders delivered to my … [Read more...]

Does This Sackcloth Make Me Look Fat…

Asking for seconds?! You're not trying hard enough.

... Happy Ash Wednesday.Er. Have a great penitential Lent, maybe? Happy suffering, y'all.I got my ashes.What? Can you prove I didn't?I believe the ash under bangs phenomenon is referred to as the "Unsolved Mystery".So do you have it all planned out yet, or are you like me, typically still scrambling for last minute Lenten ideas? Give up all the things!Actually, for the first time in several years I have a clear idea of what I am going to do and what I … [Read more...]

Lent Got Ya Down…


... So how is everyone's Lent going? Have you been to every fish fry hosted by your parish, been to adoration, or participated in Stations of the Cross? How are those Lenten sacrifices coming along? No?It's OK.No. I mean that sincerely. It's ok. Just try again tomorrow.I may joke about being a failure at Lent. And Advent. Holy days of obligation. An yes... even just a plain ole Sunday. Of course I don't mean to imply that being in a state of mortal sin is a laughing matter, … [Read more...]

When A Pope Resigning Is A Good Thing…


... I remember the passing of Bl. John Paul II. The media coverage put a glaring spotlight on the Catholic Church; a positive spot light for once. People of all religions were united in their grief for JPII's death. The Church received a larger than normal number of new members into Her fold that year after the funeral. At my parish alone, we had people lined up at the doors to join RCIA. Curiosity drove them there because of the supportive out pouring and positive attention Catholics received. … [Read more...]

Lent FAIL…


... I hate Lent. But then again I suppose that's the point.Starting the penitential season in full swing found me hunched over a flat tire in the pouring rain yesterday morning. No one stopped to help. Just as I was cursing all of humanity as heartless bastards a kindly man stopped to help change the tire. I immediately was humbled and felt like a big fat jerk. Nicely played, God.Every year I promise to give up swearing for Lent, then I have mornings like today where I am half way … [Read more...]