"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

Tag: Lent

Choose Joy!

“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repent of evil. – Joel 2:12-13… Read More ›

Watch and Pray!

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is a time set aside by the Church to help prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Through penance,… Read More ›

“Alongside the Wild Beasts and the Angels” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

1st Sunday of Lent (Gn 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15) “Alongside the Wild Beasts and the Angels”  PDF Version Homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018): Gn 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15 The incarnation of Jesus Christ, Perfect God and Perfect Man, and the summation of His work of salvation… Read More ›

Living in the Real World

On the Monday before Ash Wednesday, the first week of Lent, my daily routine completely changed: I began a 9-week teaching practicum and was suddenly thrust into the ‘real world.’ Though I had started the process to get recertified almost a year earlier, the opportunity to complete my teaching practicum – the final step in… Read More ›

“The Paradox of Lent” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

4th Sunday of Lent “The Paradox of Lent” PDF Version

Of purging and all things purgatorial…

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

Saint John Climacus

Born: around 575 AD, in Palestine Died: sometime after 650 AD, Mount Sinai Feast Day: March 30 Revered in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic churches, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church   One of the great spiritual writers of the Church in the Middle Ages was Saint John Climacus (“of the ladder”), whose name… Read More ›

“Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down!” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

Ash Wednesday “Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down!”  

“Fasting? What For?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

With the season of Lent now upon us, it is important that we give some consideration to one of the imperatives Jesus left us for growing in holiness. In the well-known gospel passage from which we hear on Ash Wednesday, Jesus commands that we should perform prayer, fasting and almsgiving. People generally understand why intensifying… Read More ›

40 Days for Life

“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right… Read More ›