Archive for March 2014

What are you reading for Lent?

Taylor Caldwell was a prolific writer in her time.  Some of her books were turned into mini series back in the early 70's.  Her more famous work is Dear and Glorious Physician, but I thought this one (which I found on Amazon) was an appropriate read for Lent.
What are you reading for Lent?  Christians who observe Lent know that reading during this time can be a great spiritual exercise … or not.  I have attempted some books in the past that I eventually abandoned for various reasons. Here’s a few that I’m reading now: What are you reading for Lent?  Do you... Read more »

We all have our own cross to bear

We all have our own cross to bear
You’ve probably heard the expression, “we all have our own cross to bear.”  No matter what denomination of Christianity you belong to, “bearing one’s cross,” is a significant part of that journey. I’ve been hearing that expression frequently lately.  I have friends going through some heartbreaking life situations.  Some of them have accepted their situation... Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent: The woman at the well

This third Sunday of Lent brings us the story of the woman at the well or the woman of Samaria (John 4:7-42).  It is my favorite story of all the Gospels.  It is the story of a woman who is so shunned by society that she fetches her water at a time when she knows... Read more »
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The Stations of the Cross at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

The First Station: Jesus is sentenced to death. Were you there when the judge condemned my Lord?
The Stations of the Cross at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church can be prayed starting at 7 PM every Friday during Lent.  A fish fry dinner is served at 6 PM if you are coming straight from work.  At 8 PM there are special presentations by guest speakers. This Lent, make a commitment to participate in the... Read more »

5 Simple Ways to Deepen Your Prayer Life During Lent

Fr. Robert Barron has 5 simple ways to deepen your prayer life during Lent: Sometimes I think we complicate Lent.  At least I do. I over think it, over plan for it and take on way too many things that I never seem to accomplish. This year, I’m keeping it much simpler.  I dug deep... Read more »

The Many Faces of Mary at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

From left to right, Santa Maria Incoronata, St. Anne and Mary.  The "SMI" statue was recently restored when it was discovered that the base had completely rotted out.  Fr. Tito, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy (also in Chicago) told me that the first thing a church does after being "founded" is to select an image.
The many faces of Mary can be seen at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church.  Italian and Chinese culture merge in the faces of Mary in this hundred plus year old church here in Chicago. I have a fascination with the way Mary is depicted in different cultures.  Our need to identify with our Blessed Mother is... Read more »
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Who is your John the Baptist?

Who is your John the Baptist?
                      Who is your John the Baptist?  Who called you out of the desert and into faith?  Even if you are a cradle Catholic, was there someone in your life that influenced you so much, you were called to a deeper understanding of what being... Read more »

I'm excited and pumped up about Lent!

I'm excited and pumped up about Lent!
Call me crazy, but I’m excited and pumped up about LENT! It didn’t start out very well.  Ash Wednesday morning, I got to work early.  One of my coworkers had purchased some candy.  He’s diabetic so he only wanted to taste it.  He hands me the rest, so OF COURSE I immediately pop one in my mouth!... Read more »

Today is Fat Tuesday, or as we like to say in Chicago, Paczki Day

Today is Fat Tuesday, or as we like to say in Chicago, Paczki Day
Today is Fat Tuesday or, as we like to say in Chicago, Paczki (pronounced “poonchki”) Day. Today is the last day of indulging in sweets before, Ash Wednesday, which commemorates the beginning of Lent for the Catholic Church as well as most other Christian denominations.  Lent consists of forty days of fasting and prayer (and... Read more »
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