To Kiss the Crucified King

For the first few years since I started attending Mass, I hesitated to participate in the veneration of the cross on Good Friday.  Despite my growing fascination with liturgical symbolism, it somehow seemed a bridge too far for my more austere Protestant sensitivities, so that on first observation I could only see the kissing of an object.  [Read More…]

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Dear Patheos Readers, Greetings. I am writing this on Palm Sunday, though by the time you read it, Holy Week will be in full swing, and the Triduum will be fast approaching. Most likely you are reading these words on a screen, but I am writing them longhand in my journal. I’m sitting on a [Read More…]

No Ham During Lent?

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF, a Franciscan sister from North Dakota.  She regularly blogs for her community at  Our Franciscan Fiat.   As Catholics, we’re all familiar with meatless Fridays this time of year, but have you ever heard the rule about “no ham during [Read More…]

On Receiving the Works of Mercy in the Southernmost Capitals of the Americas

I smiled with excitement as the plane landed on the runway and taxied toward the gate. It was March break (which as a teacher I anticipate just as eagerly as my students do), and I was looking forward to ten days in two cities I love: Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was to present at [Read More…]

This Campaign of Christian Service

Maybe because of the areas where much attention has been drawn of late, something stood out to me in the collect of this morning’s Ash Wednesday mass.  The prayer begins, Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service… The word “campaign” immediately brought to my mind a political [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: Humility, Accountability, Solidarity

Today’s Gospel reading offers us a clear challenge. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, [Read More…]

First Sunday of Lent: If You are a Christian….

Still late, but I am determined to see this through.  This reflection was actually very useful for me as I thought about a reading I essentially hear every year but somehow stopped listening to.  And, once I got rolling, it turned out longer than I was expecting.  Belatedly, a very blessed and Spirit filled Lent [Read More…]

Reading Advent in Lent

It is a bit embarrassing to admit, but I am way behind in my daily readings.  As I have mentioned in the past, I get an email from Daily Gospel Online that contains the daily mass readings and a short reflection tied to them.  A number of times I have posted  these reflections here.  The [Read More…]

It isn’t all or nothing: On dealing with Lenten (and other) dissonances

I became a vegetarian in September 2001. It was my first week of university, and when I saw that the cafeteria offered ample vegetarian options for every meal, I quickly made up my mind that eighteen years of meat-eating had been more than enough. “It was because of the chicken wings,” I told my family [Read More…]

Is It Really This Easy?

Thanks to the folks at Daily Gospel Online,  here is a meditation by Blessed Charles de Foucauld that seems particularly timely as we draw closer to Lent.  I found his turn of phrase “a little good will” evocative and reassuring:  he makes salvation seem easy to reach, and it makes the Ash Wednesday call to [Read More…]