A Sign You Don’t See Very Often These Days…

Closed for the Holy Day!
Photo Credit: Lisa DellaVecchia

But you can go eat at Zook’s BBQ Barn tomorrow.

I found this though, so check with your parish. [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...]

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

I went to the annual used book sale fundraiser for our public library with my wife during lunch yesterday.  Some of you may recall that back in 2006, that is where I picked up the Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books. Today I picked up a few more selections too, including a 1996 Knopf hardcover copy of Kristin Lavrensdatter that my wife found for $2.00. Yay! There was no way I was going to be able to read 1047 pages as a library book.

But I wasn’t able to find the book that I’m writing about now. [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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