Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Proclaim a Fast

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we heard on Ash Wednesday as the prophet Joel said to us, “Proclaim a fast!”  With this instruction, the Church began the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Sacrament of Conversion

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

In what has become a tradition during Lent in our parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as in the neighboring Diocese of Arlington, our churches are open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with The Light is ON for You campaign. These special moments to receive God’s mercy are in addition to the usual […] [Read more]

Moses and the Exodus, the Mighty Deeds of God and Us

Monday, March 20th, 2017

To better understand our Lenten journey of hope toward the Risen Jesus, Pope Francis said in his general audience on Ash Wednesday that we must refer to the fundamental experience of the first Passover and the Exodus from Egypt, which prefigured our definitive salvation in Christ and is made present again in the Eucharistic sacrifice. […] [Read more]

Embracing the Mercy of God during Lent

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The Gospel for the day, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, was from Saint Luke where it is recorded that, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be merciful, […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Last Things Revisited in Light of Lent

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Experience shows that answers to questions tend to prompt more questions.  So it is with last month’s series on the Last Things.  As we proceed toward the Paschal Mystery of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, which are offered to us for our own redemption and salvation into new and eternal life, I would like […] [Read more]

Going to Confession

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The sacrament of Confession is the outward manifestation of God’s mercy.  Also called Penance or Reconciliation, the sacrament lavishly benefits the one who seeks it, costs nothing and takes little time. Yet many Catholics do not often go.  Why? For some it is embarrassment or some other fear, others may not know how or have […] [Read more]

The Penitential Practices of Lent

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Lenten season is a time for getting our lives in order and turned in the right direction as together the Church makes the ascent up to Jerusalem and the Upper Room and Calvary and the empty tomb. It is a calling to conversion and preparation, including traditional penitential practices. For example, in addition to […] [Read more]

The Light is ON this Lenten Season

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Just as the Church has special days for feasting, today, we enter into the great season of fasting.  The Sign of the Cross will be traced with ashes on our foreheads as an outward sign of our inner poverty and hunger, and we begin penitential practices aimed toward conversion and purification.  An important part of […] [Read more]

Time and Eternity – the Blessing of One More Day

Monday, February 29th, 2016

“If only I had more time – another day in the week or more hours in the day to get done all that I need to do!” This is a common refrain of busy parents, students facing project deadlines and pastors at busy parishes. Probably all of us at one time or another have wished […] [Read more]

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]