Confession, Contrition, Satisfaction

2nd Sunday in Lent 2018 During Lent it is important to stir up sorrow for our sins and to receive the Sacrament of Penance.  The older form for the penitent to use in the confessional expressed aspects of this beautiful sacrament that we should appreciate.  If received well,  this sacrament can even make us holier than just…

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The Gift Of Lent

First Sunday in Lent 2018 Grace is present at every moment for us but especially during Lent.  We, as Christians, must not be a scandal to those in the world.  Lent is our retreat and it is dangerous to our spiritual life not to realize this.  The virtue of chastity cannot be practiced without constant help from…

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Unto Dust You Shall Return

Ash Wednesday Evening 2018 Blessed ashes remind us of death and our own nothingness.  These marked the public sinners from the early days of the Church and do for all of us now.  No sins are too much to be forgiven and penance and fasting are powerful means to save us as they did for…

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God Will Hear Us

Ash Wednesday 2018 In 1741 the pope declared that Lent is the true sign of the Christian fighting for his salvation by means of penance through fasting which is understood by the receiving of the sacramental of ashes today.  The entire Septuagesima season focused our attention on sin and our identifying the predominant fault we want…

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Love Created Us And Must Be Returned

Quinquagesima Sunday 2018 This season is almost over and our training for Lent should be completed.  Abraham is emphasized during these days because of his fidelity to God when so many others were not.  He was willing to sacrifice his own son, Isaac, who was a willing victim as Christ would be in the future.  Today…

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Today You Know Christ Is Coming

Vigil Of Christmas 2017 At the vigil Mass the joy of Christmas is already felt and this happy way that we receive the Infant King reassures us that His second coming will not be a harsh one for us.  On this last day of Advent St. Joseph is brought before us as the worthy descendant…

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Almsgiving

Friday After Ash Wednesday 2017 (First Friday) The stational churches in Lent are important and the term has its origin in the Roman legion.  Today’s stational church has been matched with the texts of this Mass to teach us the importance of one of the three main Lenten penances: almsgiving.  This practice is ancient but misunderstood as…

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Lent Comes From The Heart of God

Ash Wednesday Evening 2017 Our sins have caused the death of God on the cross and from the Sacred Heart comes the means of repairing this.  Ash Wednesday is the call to conversion and the ashes we receive remind us of our own death and that this may be our last opportunity to change.  Pope…

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