Keeping a Joyful Lent

Some good Lenten advice–and any-time-of-the-year advice–from Fr. Dwight Longenecker. . . . we must take sin seriously. The reality of the devil must be admitted, and, especially during Lent, we must enter the spiritual battle wearing our full armor. All I am suggesting is that part of that armor should be the swift arrows of […]

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Food for Thought

I don’t know about you, but I have found the daily Mass readings for the second week of the Easter season to be overflowing with food for meditative prayer and daily Christian living. I thought I would share ten verses that have been especially meaningful to me this week, realizing of course that I’m only […]

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The Road to Emmaus

Every year at Easter Wednesday Mass we hear St. Luke’s account of Our Lord’s appearance to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. This Gospel passage brings to mind the Eucharistic “amazement” that Pope John Paul II sought to rekindle in the faithful through his final encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia:

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Chants Occurrence

When my daughter Virginia was about a year old, I twice received calls that she was unconscious and being rushed to the hospital. (I hope you fathers out there never receive such a call.) Thanks be to God, on both occasions, by the time I arrived at the emergency room, she was awake and fine. […]

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He Is Alive!

In his Gospel commentary for Easter Sunday, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the pontifical household preacher, pointedly asks: “Did Jesus really rise? What assurances do we have that we are dealing with something that really happened and not an invention or suggestion?” In response, Father Cantalamessa says that “the strongest argument that Christ is risen, is […]

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