Archive for March 2014

What are you reading 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

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 »

The Stations of the Cross at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing  All His bitter anguish bearing  Now at length the sword has passed
The Stations of the Cross at St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church can be prayed starting at 7 PM every Friday during Lent. This Lent, make a commitment to participate in the Stations.  If you can’t, you can pray them by yourself by using my pictures in the gallery below.  A plenary indulgence is granted to anyone who prays... 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

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 »

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!

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 (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 »