When I go to Walmart sometimes I see small kids asking for things from their parents. They may want a piece of candy a new toy from the toy aisle or whatever else their little hearts desire. Their parent does not want to spoil them says sorry I can't get that for you. You as … Continue reading Does God give us anything we want?
It depends what you consider days of lent. If you start counting lent on Ash Wednesday, for obvious reasons, days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday is 46 days. So do we fast more than Jesus, well not technically. I will try and explain in a second. Could 44 days be an explanation, yes the … Continue reading 40 days? 46 days? 44 days? 38 days? How many days of lent?
The first and only time I preached in seminary I preached about fasting and the importance of it during Lent. What I remember the most about the homily is not so much about what I preached but what Archbishop Hughes said to me after. It was hamburger and ice-cream day at the seminary, so I … Continue reading How we Respond to Temptation
Every Friday morning I pray with Psalm 51 the psalm we just heard recited at Mass this morning. What I particularly enjoy about the psalms is that they can and do relate to our lives. When we pray the Psalms we are not only reading words from a page. However we are coming in … Continue reading The Psalms and our Lives
I'll be preaching a good amount during lent and I would like to share those homilies with you on this blog. My challenge during lent is to work on keeping them shorter for the sake of those parishioner's who attend work after Mass. A part of this preparation is I will write out my homily … Continue reading Brief Update on Lent
Every Ash Wednesday I see a post explaining the type of ash crosses one may receive on Ash Wednesday. There is the OCD version where it is a perfect cross no mistakes, the first in line where it isn’t too much or too little, Father’s revenge that covers most of the forehead, the blob that … Continue reading Why do we receive ashes?
Part I, Part IIa, Part IIb. Almsgiving: I will make only a brief remark on this. Giving alms doesn’t just have to be through monetary donations. You can donate clothes to the thrift store, helping at the soup kitchen, doing service work at the Church. Doing good works for those in need or giving something … Continue reading The Three Pillars of Lent Part III