From the Treasure Chest: “The Little Guide for Lent,” circa 1808

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Christ Carrying the Cross, Albrecht Dürer

What? You weren’t up for an early Lent this year? Too bad. We can’t even blame this on Punxsutawney Phil, either, as whether a groundhog sees his shadow (or not) has no bearing on the liturgical calendar.

So what have I been doing during these dark, snow filled (and now ice filled) days leading up to Lent? Reading, naturally. Folks started yakking about the Crusades, and I thought to myself, “you know what? I don’t really no much about the Crusades.” So I picked up a few volumes about that 500 year long epoch in order to educate myself. I’ll probably be turning to the Inquisition next for the same reason.

But I wasn’t able to find the book at the library that I’m writing about now. [Read more...]

Lent And Holy Week (A Primer)

 

First published on April 5, 2011, fast forward to the good parts. It’s Holy Week!

We are officially past the half-way point of the Lenten Season.  Before you know it, it will be Holy Week. As a convert who entered the Church on Holy Saturday in the Year of Our Lord 2008, I’ll never forget that experience. [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...]


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