Want To Hear Christian Joy? Listen To The Singing In Kirkuk Cathedral…

Kirkuk_Cathedral_31_July_2014

The little video below comes via Natalia Trouiller’s Facebook page. She is accompanying the delegation of French bishops that is visiting Iraq right now.

Here are the people we are praying and fasting for tomorrow. Roll clip! [Read more...]

Attention To Orders! Prayer And Fasting Tonight To Thwart The Black Mass Being Held At Harvard

Catholic Advocate sends,

An official group at Harvard will hold a Satanic “Black Mass” tonight where they will mock the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Boston will hold a Eucharistic Hour of prayer in response. Let us join our voices in prayer tonight with Catholics in Boston.

CBS news reports, [Read more...]

To Break My Fast From Being Merciful

Peter Chrysologus, master of the succinct homily.

I came across some wise words of a Doctor of the Church I had never heard of the other day. The subject? The importance of being merciful.

For the longest time, and long before I became a Catholic, I thought being merciless was the correct tack. After all, that is the way of the world. So I was, in an upside down way, fasting from being merciful. [Read more...]

I Have No Idea Where Pope Francis Gets These Ideas About Lent

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

—Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness for Lent 2014

Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Calls the Faithful to Pray and Fast for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the World

It will happen this Saturday, September 7th, on the vigil of the birth of Mary. The Holy Father has called for the Church to buck the tide of self-righteous indignation, fed by the wishful thinking that an act of war on the part of the United States, et al, would have any positive ramifications in Syria, and pray and fast for peace instead.

What follows is Pope Francis’s appeal to the Church and to the world, delivered in this mornings remarks before the Angelus prayer. [Read more...]

Thoughts On Lenten Sacrifice (A Modest Proposal)

St. Anthony the Great tempted in the Desert

I may be a newbie Catholic, but I have an idea about Lenten fasting that might alarm you. Ordinarily, see, we “give up” something pleasant for Lent. Then, at the end of the season, we once again indulge in whatever it was that we “gave up” in fasting.

What if we just went “cold-turkey” and never took up again that which we gave up for the Lenten fast? [Read more...]

Ember Days: What They Are And Where They Went

Photographer Credit: Tyler Parks

Today is the first Ember Day of autumn, the week after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

A long time ago, in a world that seems so very far away, Christian traditions rooted in simple faith thrived among the flock. One such tradition is the celebration of what are known as Ember Days. Traditionally, the first Wednesday after Guadete Sunday is the first Ember Day of Winter.

What are these mysterious days of penance and fasting? Their name alone evokes thoughts of a glimmer of light shed upon a dark world. And yet the story of the practice of this devotion has nothing to do with embers, kindling, or ashes, though it is true that the image of glowing splinters of hot coals did appear in my mind’s eye when I first learned of them. They still do. [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday and Lent, in Two Minutes…

I had to come back aboard real quick to trash some spam comments. Since I’m here, I’m gonna share this awesome example of using new media in the New Evangelization. Busted Halo’s awesome video on Ash Wednesday and Lent. [Read more...]


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