EASTER AT LAST

So Lent is finally over, and the promises that were made just before Ash Wednesday are officially ended (most of them kept most of the time).  The discipline that made the past season worthwhile doesn’t have the “scaffolding” of the days of liturgical purple any...

WHAT DO WE SHOUT?

In the space of just a few minutes during our Liturgy of Palm Sunday we turn our chants from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him!”  How can that happen? Perhaps we mean only one of the chants, and we “go through the motions” with the other.  Perhaps we cynically...

THE POPE SAYS THE CHURCH MUST CHANGE…

The Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit (“Christ Is Alive”), the result of the recent Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” was published this past Tuesday.  In it, Pope Francis states: “This means humbly acknowledging that some things...

A TIME FOR JOY

It’s the middle of Lent—it’s the middle of our period of sorrow for our sins, attempts (often unsuccessful) to rein them in; it’s a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in ways specially focused and extensive.  It’s the season of devotions that emphasize the...

DOING BATTLE

“Many try to fly away from temptations only to fall more deeply into them; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight. It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy. Those who shun them outwardly and do not pull them out by...