BLOG: Lent and Easter
“Obedience is a short cut to perfection. […] Nothing gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good.” – St. Philip Neri In celebrating the feast of St. Joseph this week, we remember a more
The reign of King Saul was an unmitigated disaster. It was full of rash, vengeful decisions. Thankfully, God is more than capable of taking matters into His own hands. more
Pope Francis stands in the great door of St. Peter's Basilica, looking out into the rainy, empty Square. He's decked in a humeral veil, hoisting a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. Though rarely a solitary figure, this time he's all alone. more
God called Abram and his family to undergo a great change of circumstances. He obeyed, opening himself to God's promises. more
Creation, the Garden, Adam and Eve, the serpent, and the forbidden fruit. What does this story express about our desires and ourselves? more
Pope Francis gave the homily at the Holy Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that “the rite of the imposition of ashes exhorts us to return to the truth about ourselves and to return to God and to our brothers and sisters.” Read the full text of his homily below: more
Joel 2:12-18 “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged, gather the children… Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord.'” (Joel 2:15, 17) What is the more
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2023
Pope Francis
February 17, 2023
In his message for Lent 2023, Pope Francis reflected on the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the “’retreat’ on Mount Tabor” as an image of the Church’s journey to Easter as well as of the synodal path. The Holy Father said that “Lent leads to Easter: the ‘retreat’ is not an end in itself, but more
Many people associate Lent with sacrifice and giving up something they enjoy. However, Lent isn’t just about suffering and repentance: it’s also about spiritual growth. It’s a time for introspection, reflection, and self-examination. As Catholics, we are called to look inward, turn away from our vices, and seek God’s healing, strength, and guidance to make more
I find that Lent is a certain “dying to ourselves.” Often, we imagine this happens through giving something up, and it certainly does. There are many things that we can remove from our lives to amplify God more: social media, coffee, online shopping.  But what if amplifying God can come about through a different means, more