Lenten Simplicity 4

Lent is a privileged time to simplify our lives.

Taken this morning in the sacristy of the Sisters of Life.

Taken this morning in the sacristy of the Sisters of Life.

There is so much coming at us daily, both good and bad, much like the dragnet that is cast into the sea and pulls in fish of all  kinds. What is good needs to be cherished; what is bad needs to be set aside. Fasting and Lenten sacrifices purify us so we can live more fully what is good, noble, just, pure, and worthy of praise.

Fasting on Fish 13

Fr Jason Smith

Fasting means going on a disciplined diet. And like all real diets it should be hard.

The purpose is to find out who is in charge: You or your stomach. The battle between the two tempers the will, heightens spiritual sensitivity, and leads us to find strength in God through prayer. More…

Icons for Lent Reply

Biltrix:

Are you thinking of a way to strengthen your prayer and devotion to Christ during Lent? Consider praying with icons. Here are some suggestions and examples to give you an idea of how to use icons for Christian prayer during Lent.

Originally posted on reinkat:

Lent is almost here.  I have set up my “beautiful corner” for the prayers and images for the season.   I find myself drawn to certain of my icons during Lent, and create a home altar to contemplate and prepare my soul for the celebration of the Resurrection of our Savior.

One prays not “to” icons, but “with” them, and in the presence of the person depicted.  An icon represents someone in particular, and we are in their presence of and in communion with the saints and God as we pray.  Having the imags in front of me keeps me focussed and cognizant of this, of God’s presence with me every day, of the entire communion of saints praying with me.

I used 3 icons for my Lenten altar:  the first is an image called “Extreme Humility”.  The model for this icon is Serbian.

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Catholic Social Doctrine Reflects on Aging and Disability 4

Fr. Joseph Tham, LC, MD, PhD

Aging and Disability was the topic of the 20th General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life held on Feb 20-21, 2014 in Rome.

With the advance of medical technology, there is a longer life expectancy worldwide.  Along with increased lifespan, More…

Seeking the Kingdom of God First, Is God’s Will for Today 2

Streets Lined with Gold and the Path to True Peace

There was once a rich man who knew he was about to die.

He had worked hard, but he rarely thought about eternal life and Christ’s Kingdom. All he remembered from childhood religion classes was that there was fire in hell and golden streets in heaven. He had accepted the fact that he was going to die, but he didn’t like the idea of leaving behind all his hard-earned wealth. So he converted all his assets into gold bars, put them in a big bag on his bed, More…

The Mass Explained 10

Interactive iPad app that explains the Catholic Mass and more

Interactive iPad app that explains the Catholic Mass and more

I refuse to pay more than 99-cents for an app — normally. Usually, I only download the free ones.

This new Catholic app, “The Mass Explained,” is so brilliant and so useful, it’s not only worth the $25, it’s worth buying an iPad just to have it. How could you justify paying $25 for an iPad app? I’ll get to that in just a moment. First, you need to watch this video: More…

Mary, Mother of God 21

Agios Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Chalice

Agios Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Chalice

I asked a simple question in a Catholic/Protestant discussion group yesterday, knowing it would spark mixed reactions:

Jesus is God; Mary is the mother of Jesus; Mary is the mother of God. Any objections?

The only objection that came out of the group was: More…

Did Arizona’s Proposed Religious Freedom Bill Overstep Its Bounds? 6

If I were invited to a gay wedding, I would have to decline the invitation.

I know a lot of people will take issue with me for that, say I hate gays (which isn’t true), call me a narrow-minded bigot or something worse. That’s all sticks and stones… I’m just glad I’m not a photographer, wedding cake baker, or a florist.  More…