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....