PASTOR'S CORNER

LONG-DISTANCE PRAYING, PART II

Let me go back in time a bit.  We were at the end of our priests’ retreat in 2005 (held then at Spring Hill College), when I got a message that my Mom was taken to hospital with shortness of breath.  I was concerned but not panicky at that point. ...

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE PRAY-ERS

These last several days I have had a peaceful time:  sitting on the patio of the rectory in late afternoon or early evening, perhaps with my Rosary, perhaps with a glass of wine.  I watch the birds going at it at the bird-feeders I have; I watch bluebirds...

THE TRUTH [AND NOTHING ELSE] WILL SET YOU FREE

Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been folks looking for shortcuts to salvation.  Even from very early times, groups (somewhat mistakenly) lumped together as “Gnostics” thought that since redemption has already occurred, no actions could possibly...

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

Special Gospel readings for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent (Cycle A) are offered to us: the Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus.  All three have to do with the journey of our catechumens and candidates to the Easter...

LAST OF THE LENTEN PITFALLS

This will be a shorter essay:  I figure I’ve given folks enough “penance” already for Lent!           Fallacy #6:  “I can’t find the time to come to church to pray on a regular basis.  I guess Sunday Mass...

LENTEN PITFALLS, PART II

There are other issues that trouble us as we try to make a response to the challenge of Lent to “Repent!”  We want to do better; all too often things seem to get in our way.  Here are two more “pitfalls” that can bedevil (pun intended!) us… Fallacy #4: ...

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...