PASTOR'S CORNER

LENTEN PITFALLS, PART I

We fragile human beings get snared by so many pitfalls during Lent (and all other times!).  How can we recognize the fallacies that pull us down, and what can we do about them?  Here are three that are very, very common…...

CAN THIS LENT BE “BETTER”?

RCIA is a time of special “purification” for our catechumens and candidates.  But what about the rest of us?  What should Lent be all about for us?  The early Church Fathers suggested that it was a time for accompaniment—learning, acting, fasting, and...

THE “BIG THREE” OF PRE-LENT

Some years ago there was a letter to the editor (I think in The Montgomery Advertiser) complaining about how cold it was for Mardi Gras, and why couldn’t the date be pushed back a few weeks for nicer temperatures for parades?  Well, duh!  Parades and parties...

HONEY AND VINEGAR

This past Friday (the 24th) was the Memorial of St Francis de Sales, an evangelist and apologist who famously wrote that folks could attract more flies (presumably the better kind!) with a teaspoon of honey than with a barrel of vinegar.  He was extraordinarily...

ARE WE ONE IN THE SPIRIT?

This is the end of the Week (originally, the Octave) of Prayer for Christian Unity.  It ends on the 25th of January, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, and it’s a good time for us to pray for our own continued conversion to our Lord....

TEMPUS PER ANNUM

Someone asked me, this past Sunday, what the Latin for “Ordinary Time” was, and I didn’t know right away, so I check my edition of the Missale Romanum, and there it is:  Tempus per Annum.  “Ordinary Time” is NOT a literal translation of the original! ...

(WHAT) DO I BELIEVE?

I remember, years ago, speaking with a woman who was a convert; she was struggling in her relationship with her (at best, indifferent) Catholic husband.  I observed to her that much of the problem was that all he wanted was for her to come into the Church, but...

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

“Said the night wind to the little lamb…”  On this Epiphany weekend (the real date, we all know, is Monday the 6th:  the end of the “12 Days of Christmas”), it is a good question for us to ask ourselves.  The word “epiphany” comes to us from the Greek,...

HOLY FAMILIES

What makes a family “holy”?  This weekend’s feast makes for an easy answer:  it means living with Jesus, Mary & Joseph.  Nothing could be simpler, and nothing could more easily disqualify us from being holy families (much to some families’...

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS: MUSICAL MEDITATIONS

Songs reverberate in my head at this time (I’m sure they do for all of us), and they speak to the special seasons of waiting and fulfillment that are Advent and Christmas.            One song is very old—“Crucifixion,”...