Archive | February, 2015

Our Lenten Reading List

Every Lent, the Church calls all Catholics to grow closer to Christ through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. She also urges us to deepen our love for Christ and the Church through spiritual reading. By setting aside just a few minutes every day to sharpen our understanding and increase our knowledge of God, we flex not

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St. Ambrose: A Giant of the Faith

St. Ambrose is one of the greatest Fathers in the history of the Catholic faith. A statesman turned bishop, he laid the foundation for the proper relationship between Church and State. A supremely holy man of God, Ambrose was very concerned with the spiritual growth of the laity and was the catalyst for the conversion

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Fasting on Fridays and the Passion of Jesus the Bridegroom

Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent? There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there’s also a biblical foundation for fasting on Fridays that’s directly tied to the topic of my

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Lenten Back to Basics

I love Lent. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I take pleasure in fasting. And I don’t enjoy “giving stuff up” any more than the next guy. In my devotional life I can be a typical spoiled American. But Lent, for me, is always a hopeful time. It’s my annual reminder that change is

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Saint Agatha, Virgin, Martyr

February 5th is the memorial of St. Agatha, patroness of Sicily, the land of my grandparents, and one of the patrons of my parish. Because of the tortures she endured in martyrdom, St. Agatha is also patroness of women who live with diseases of the breast. Fr. Paul Zalonski has a deep devotion to the third-century martyr.

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