Editor’s Note: It’s my pleasure to share my friend Christine’s story with you about why she gave up, of all things, make-up for Lent last year. Make-up? Indeed! It’s a fun, light-hearted read, but Christine also shared some very personal thoughts about her Lenten journey. It forced me to ask: to what do I cling, worship, what have I made into an idol? As we approach Ash Wednesday, these are certainly some good questions to take to prayer.
Time for another edition in our Take 5 video series! This time Lisa interviews the multi-talented Kathleen Basi. The two chat about the books Kathleen wrote for Catholic families, how to support families with special needs children, and what it’s like to teach natural family planning with your spouse.
The name “Maundy Thursday” is derived from Jesus’ “mandate,” to love one another as he loves us. This day celebrates the institution of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Ordination. Father, On the night before he was to give himself up to die for the salvation of the world, Our Lord Jesus Christ gave you … [Read more…]
Lent, a season particularly focused on renewal and conversion, begins today. Flip through the pages of most current home and garden magazines and you will easily find articles with tips for spring-cleaning. I recently found an article titled, “Spring Clean Your Finances.” The first paragraph read, “Spring is the season of renewal — the time to … [Read more…]
Thanks for stopping by our blog! On most Fridays we share our 7 Quick Takes and link up to the blog Conversion Diary. Sometimes our “takes” have a theme; other times, it’s just a series of very random, rather useless thoughts. This week’s theme was an easy chip shot given Lent begins on Ash Wednesday next week. … [Read more…]
And they waited. And we waited. And we are rewarded. We are rewarded by a love that conquers our fears, a love that achieves our hopes, a love given to us by His grace because we believe. And all because one man, Jesus, had a love for us greater than the fear of suffering; a … [Read more…]
Yesterday I had an email exchange with a good friend who is also an ordained deacon — and a very good one! We had a short back and forth about the statement our Bishop released this week to remind Catholics in our diocese that the requirement to abstain from meat has been waived today. A … [Read more…]
During Lent we often hear from the pulpit that it is more important to do something for someone than it is to give up something we do. Yet, not only do we have a difficult time giving up our time and belongings, but we have a difficult time recognizing who truly needs us. Who is the … [Read more…]