Are you ready for Lent?

Every year it seems that I get my “Lenten stride” about three days before Holy Week. I always regret not doing more, sooner. Here are some resources and answers to Lenten questions to help us start Lent on the right foot: –Read Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2009. –Read Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution […]

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Contraception and the Sexual Revolution

There is less talk today about the Sexual Revolution than there was in the eighties, and that’s because the revolution has become institutionalized.  What seemed revolutionary in the 1960s became commonplace by the end of the 20th century.  Back in the 1950s, contraception, though widely practiced by non-Catholics, was still a taboo subject; people didn’t […]

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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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It’s Not About the Pork

We’re treated to some intense passages from 2 Maccabees at Mass this week. Yesterday we heard: “Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man of advanced age and noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat port. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, he spat out the meat, […]

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