How My Dad Taught Me a Lenten Resolution I Would Never Forget 10

Fr Jason Smith LC

Fr Jason Smith LC

One Ash Wednesday, my dad announced to my brother and I that for Lent he would be fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays. He wondered if we would like to join him.

Aaron and I looked at each other thinking he had flipped his lid. Aaron said he’d stick to giving up arguing; I said I’d continue to refrain from hitting Aaron until Easter. With all of our resolutions on the table we were ready to begin our Lenten regimen. More…

Trouble Stumbling with Your Lenten Resolution? Take Courage! 1

First, remember what Lent is all about

First, remember what Lent is all about

If you are having trouble with your Lenten resolution, it probably means you did not pick something too easy, and that’s already a good sign.

Of course, it can also reveal a number of other things about you and that too is a good thing, if you think about it, and I mean iffff you really do think about it.  More…

The 3 Miracles of Jonah 6

There is someone far greater than Jonah here

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

Jesus said to his detractors:

This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. More…

The Non-Negotiable Nature of the Cross in Christian Life 18

“The Cross marks out the militant dimension of our existence. With the cross, it is impossible to negotiate. The cross is either embraced or rejected. If we embrace the cross, then by that very decision, we lose our life. We leave it in the hands of God. If we decide to reject it, our lives are left in our own hands, encased in the petty confines of our short horizons More…

What Defines You as a Person? 3

This one is a tear-jerker, guaranteed to pull at least one tear from your eye, and as a bonus if you’re willing to take 7 minutes and a few extra seconds of your time to watch this video, a genuine smile to brighten your day and share with others. 🙂

That’s the important part. At least once a day, take time to stop and think — and think kindly — of others. That’s the lesson this short tale    More…

Wimp-less Fridays 12

Yesterday, I posted on the 5 ways to live the Call to Prayer during the Year of Faith. One of the things the bishops asked (i.e., strongly suggested) was abstinence from meat and fasting on all Fridays this year.  (By the way, Friday starts tomorrow — just a reminder).

That’ right. You read it. You know what that means.  More…