The Pope on the Lourdes Day

In yesterday’s Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI offered this brief reflection on the appearance of Our Lady to St. Bernadette at Lourdes: “This year the beginning of Lent providentially coincides with the 150th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. Four years after the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Blessed Pius IX, […]

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Give It up!

I remember well my first Lent in a religious community in the 1980s. Most of us seminarians, like many people out in the world, gave up sweets for 40 days. The one time that this penance really came into play was during the afternoon coffee break. The nearby Au Bon Pain restaurant donated day-old pastries […]

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