Posts tagged "Lent"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Turning Off the Car Radio and Listening to God

A few years ago, while I was on retreat, a nun spoke about turning off her car radio so she could listen to God. I’m rarely in my car more than 15 minutes at a stretch, but her words intrigued me and I started turning the radio off and keeping it off. What happened was... Read more »

Failing Miserably at Lent

I’m failing miserably at Lent! Everything I had planned to give up mysteriously creeped back into my daily routine. What happened?  I don’t know.  Bad habits die hard and they die even harder when fighting the forces of evil.  My tights and cape have lost their super powers and all those bracelets I own that begin... Read more »
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If Jesus Had to Pray, So Do We

If Jesus had to pray, so do we! It sounds so simple doesn’t it? But as Fr. Pontifex says, we get busy and feel we don’t have the time. This Lent we will witness history as we watch one Pope step down and another take the reins of our Church. Despite the controversies within the... Read more »