Category: Lent and Easter

mercy

Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on compassion, mercy differs from compassion...

easter, lily, butterfly

Easter: Joyful Beginning
or Disappointing Letdown?

Easter joy is the culmination of a Lent filled with prayer, sacrifice, and giving. Yet we sometimes feel let down, as if we had reached our goal and now it is all over. Instead, we need to use each Lenten season and Easter Octave as a means of continually strengthening our resolve to live as the children of God.

politically correct

Are We Politically Correct Like Pilate?

As Holy Week begins, we might ask ourselves if we are a part of the ‘go along to get along’ crowd like Pilate. Do we simply sit back in our comfortable haven or are we advocates for the less fortunate? Do we join in the Cross or wait, selfishly, for Easter joy? Jesus admonishes us to take up our cross and follow Him.

seder

Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

During a past Lent, I shared a seemingly innocuous and informative post about the Jewish practice of Seder during Passover. The resulting confusion and charges of antisemitism bewildered me. The catalyst? A fact-packed video by a Catholic priest, The Christian Seder Meal: A Violation of  the First Commandment and a blog link to another video by a Catholic priest. Strong Reactions Below are...

prayer

Unanswered Prayer: A Gift From God

Prayer often finds us requesting favors from God – our wants, needs, and desires. As a good Father, however, God often denies our requested gifts. He knows what we need. With the virtues of Faith, Wisdom, and Fortitude we will find that Our Father God really does know best. Sometimes unanswered prayers are the best gift of all.

rosary, lent

Lent: Sometimes the Rosary is All You Need

By now, many of us are fully immersed in Lent and all the plans we have made to live it to the fullest. Some hardy souls have kept up with all or most of their prayers, sacrifices, and charitable acts. Others have fallen a bit, but continue to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and regain the momentum they seek...

facebook

5 Reasons Not to Leave Facebook for Lent

There is much justified outrage about Facebook’s bigotry against the conservative and/or Christian viewpoint. The reactions have been swift and decisive. Many good, Christian people are once again discerning whether or not to stay with Facebook – even if just for Lent. On the surface, the  decision seems rather obvious. After all, Facebook is not a necessity. Unlike utilities, corporations, food...