St. Michael’s Lent begins today!

Today, August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, is also the beginning of the Franciscan devotion known as “St. Michael’s Lent.” It is a 40-day period of fasting begun by St. Francis of Assisi in the 1220’s similar to the actual Lenten season. It ends September 29th on the feast of St. …

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Lent 2017

Lent is upon up once again. That time within the liturgical year when Catholics practice more intensely the arts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer is the act of lifting the heart and soul to God and becoming closer to Him. Although He knows our wants and needs better than (and before) we do, it …

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Lent 2016

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and that means Lent, that special time of the year for people who wish to grow closer to the Lord and to make tremendous strides in their spiritual progress. For us sober Catholics, we should embrace this season! Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone is willing to …

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“St. Michael’s Lent”

August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and marks the beginning of an unofficial period of penance known amongst members of the Franciscan Order as “St. Michael’s Lent.” You can find out more about it here: St. Michael’s Lent. Almost annually in August I blog about a “Second Lent,” …

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repentance posting

OK, I did it again! Although I didn’t formally announce it, I sort of strongly implied that I’d be blogging daily during Lent. I actually may have come out and said it, I don’t remember. Well, no posts these past two days. {{{sigh}}} (The “I did it again!” refers to my annual Lenten pledge to …

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WWJD

There’s a fad, mostly over, I think, concerning how a Christian should behave in a particular situation. “WWJD,” as in “What Would Jesus Do?” The implication is that He would be “nice.” There’s a joke going around the Internet which suggests that whenever asked, “WWJD?,” you should state something like: “An acceptable response might be …

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The person who brings a sinner back

What do you do to bring people back from sinful ways? An excerpt from the Reading from the Evening Prayer for Friday of the Second Week of Lent is James 5: 19-20 – “Remember this: the person who brings a sinner back from his way will save his soul from death and cancel a multitude …

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Please help a USMC widow…

Yesterday I blogged about my wife’s efforts to help the homeless, in Tents for the Homeless. Today is another day in which I’ll be exhorting you to consider another Work of Mercy: (a common theme in the Lenten Missal readings…) Stephanie Price, Marine widow. Stephanie and her late husband met on CatholicMatch.com, where I also …

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Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings

Do you trust others? Rely on people? We all do, to a certain extent. But not everyone is completely trustworthy. We alcoholics know this too well, in part because we were oftentimes the one least trusted. Nevertheless, God revealed to the prophet Jeremiah in the First Reading from today’s Mass for THursday of the Second …

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Free me from the snare

Alcoholism had us (or still has) ensared us in it grip. By our own efforts we are unable to free ourselves from enslavement. An excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass on the Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent is a very good prayer for those still trapped, or for anyone still struggling …

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