We conclude this three-part series on Lenten practices with an entry on almsgiving and other acts of charity. In the first of the series we reviewed the purpose of Lent and suggested a few additional forms of prayer that we could practice during and after Lent. We also suggested adopting a more sporting attitude toward Lent, one… Read More Putting more love into your Lent: a three-part series. Part 3 – Almsgiving and other acts of charity.
In the first of this series on Lenten practices, we covered the special purpose of Lent and also discussed the importance of living Lent with a good spirit, a sporting and generous spirit of sacrifice. We also covered the first – and arguably the most important – means of practicing Lent well, the use of… Read More Putting more love into your Lent: a three-part series. Part 2 – Fasting and Sacrifice
This week we begin Lent, a time to renew our love for God and to deepen our daily union with Him. Lent should not be looked at as an unpleasant time, or as a dour or sad period of our life. Lent is instead a great good because it can lead us closer to God… Read More Putting more love into your Lent: a three-part series. Part 1 – Prayer
A common – too common – complaint among Catholics is that homilies are often bad or boring or both. While it may seem to us that some priests may not be putting as much love into their preaching as they should, it might also be more likely that we could get a lot more out of… Read More No more griping about homilies
A number of people have mentioned to me recently how hard it has become to maintain relationships when friends and relatives don’t or no longer share religious or political viewpoints. This phenomenon has been especially pronounced this past month given the combined effect of the presidential election and Thanksgiving, when so many people renew their… Read More Sanctifying our conversations with other-minded people
Have you caught yourself, your spouse or your children complaining about the Mass? Have you heard any of these complaints? Mass is too long Mass is boring “I am not being fed” Well, here are some ideas to help you and your family draw more from the Mass. Prepare well for Mass. Examine the readings… Read More Some concrete ways to get more out of the Holy Mass
In Part I of this posting we considered how else we might go about defending “life.” We suggested that we need to go beyond mere words, beyond providing sound and faithful intellectual reasoning. We need to be ready to defend life on this plane of conversation, to be sure, but we need to do more… Read More Living Your Faith Joyfully, Going Beyond Words and Ideas: Part II
Today’s political landscape seems littered with contention and division over several matters related to the moral life. There are many acrimonious debates underway: the traditional understanding and practice of marriage, sexual morality and norms, modesty, contraception, the value and rights of the unborn, etc. Some of these issues have worked their way into family life as well, weakening family cohesion.… Read More Living Your Faith Joyfully, Going Beyond Words and Ideas: Part I