The Samaritan Woman and the Original Meaning of Lent
by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
Lent is a time of introspection. We read Exodus, and watch the Israelites grumbling, even after the amazing things God had done for them (Ex 17:3-7). In them, we recognize ourselves. For many of us, then, Lent is time for the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions. We set aside work on ourselves for forty days so we don’t end up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years. We do things to burn off the fat off that’s weighing us down, try to improve our spiritual diet, and do some spiritual exercises to strengthen the muscles we call “virtues.”
But in the early days of the Church, Lent was not ... [read more]...
Remember That Thou Art Dust
by David Mills
February 17, 2015
Ash Wednesday is the holy day on which you are asked to face the facts about yourself. Letting someone smear ashes on your forehead while telling you that you are dirt is a statement that you have seen and accepted the facts about yourself, and know they’re not in your favor. And, though this isn’t as obvious, it is also a declaration of the good news... [read more] ...
Ten Tips for the Best Lent
by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
February 17, 2015
God gives in abundance, always, in all times and in all places! His goodness manifests itself most abundantly in His Mystical Body, the Church and concretely in the Church Liturgical Year.
The two strong times of the year are Advent, which culminates in Christmas, and Lent which culminates in Holy Week and in the Risen Lord Jesus. To experience the fullness of the Paschal Mystery—the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus—we must live with generous heart and openness of spirit the season of Lent. Lent is both a gift and a Season of abundant graces... [read more] ...
Evangelization is an Awakening to Love
by Jeannie Ewing
March 11, 2015
A few people have inquired how my life and writing incorporates into the New Evangelization, and my answer always varies. After Sarah’s birth, my life took on new meaning and purpose. The Holy Spirit infused a renewed exuberance into my fairly arid heart. It’s not that I neglected my faith – it was quite the contrary actually – but my expression of faith had hit a crossroads in those weeks preceding Sarah’s birth.
Sarah is a silent witness of the New Evangelization simply because of her physical differences... [read more]...
Embracing the Future with Hope
by Br. Innocent Smith, O.P.
January 12, 2015
Pope Francis has designated this year as the “Year of Consecrated Life,” inviting the Church to come to a deeper understanding of the gift of the consecrated life in the midst of the contemporary world. What is consecrated life? To be “consecrated” means to be set apart, made holy to the Lord. Each of us is consecrated to the Lord in Baptism, and yet ... [read more]
"A Thrill of Hope" by Joey McCoy
December 23, 2014
“‘Tell me,’ he said, ‘is there any hope? For Frodo I mean, or at least mostly for Frodo.’”
So spoke Pippin to Gandalf on the eve of the siege of Gondor, a time when the Shadow was creeping and seemingly insurmountable darkness was bearing down on every land. What was Gandalf’s response? He hesitated in his speech and in his heart... [read more]
Theology of the Body vs. Fifty Shades of Grey by Judy Keane
February 13, 2015
Parent Advisory: Due to its subject of addressing "50 Shades..."
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts of red roses, romantic dinners, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and cards with sweet sentiments, comes to mind. However, this year, Fifty Shades of Grey – “The Movie,” seems predominant as the “thing to do” this Valentine’s weekend.... [read more]...
Sneaking Away Like Jesus
by Dr. Mark Giszczak
January 11, 2015
We like to sneak away. Whether it be “sneaking out” of work early on a Friday, going on a weekend trip without telling anyone or even just finding a quiet corner to be alone, sometimes we long for relief from the constant bombardment of work, problems, responsibilities and just plain noise that the world throws at us. We long to “get away from it all” for good, but realize that all we might be able to do is find a few minutes of peace away from the fray. Jesus was no different. ... [read more]
"How to Pray like a Child at Play"
by Tyler Blanski
December 22, 2014
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t pray nearly as much as we could.
It’s not that we don’t believe in prayer; it’s that prayer can seem so…boring. If you’re like me, you’ve probably gone through seasons where you’ve spent more time reading about prayer than actually praying. It’s embarrassing: the eternal God condescends to be known by us, to know us, and we…yawn.
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"Amid the Storms of the Soul, Fix Your Gaze on Christ"
by Stephen Beale
February 9, 2015
At first, they thought it was a ghost.
In Matthew 14, we find the disciples once again caught in a storm out at sea. Jesus had just finished feeding the five thousand and had withdrawn to a mountain to pray, leaving the disciples alone in the storm. Night falls and many hours pass.
Finally, sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. they see it... [read more]
Freedom to Be Me by Brian Greenfield
January 5, 2015
I remember feeling like I was never enough in high school. I did what everyone said that I should do, but it never seemed to be enough. There was also this elusive standard that my friends and I were trying to attain but could never measure up to. Of course, since we never shared our feelings, we never expressed how truly lost we actually were. I remember looking at my friends and feeling like they had it all together. I always felt like the odd man out. It wasn’t until we got into college and began to have serious discussions about life that we began to uncover how lost each of us actually was... [read more]