Category Archives: Lent


Lovely word. I read Sean Salai’s interview of film critic Steven Greydanus. There the interviewee sermonized on Lenten discipline: I think the official ascesis of the Latin Church today, what we call fasting and abstinence, is pitifully lax. Meatless Fridays … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Veil Or Not

Veiling statues, images, and crosses was once commonplace in Catholicism for Holy Week and the week before. For the US, it is not mandated. But a few places do it, as a nod to traditional practice. Render judgment from the purple armchair … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: No Secrets, and a Mission

Tomorrow, we get a second pause in a long liturgical season of purple. Nine months before Christmas, we start a countdown to the Nativity, and if your parish is on the ball, you might even get to sing the Gloria. … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflection: God’s Voice

Eavesdropping on a divine conversation in Sunday’s gospel reading: Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Slow Work

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is one of my heroes. Not a saint. (Not yet.) But a Jesuit and a scientist. Lent can be a slow work, testing our patience. Especially for those aspiring to virtue among us, it can seem … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Viriditas

Hildegard of Bingen is associated with the spiritual principle of viriditas. It came to mind as I was introduced to this quote by the English mystic Caryll Houselander: Love is most likely to spring from another’s need for us, and … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Praying One Word At A Time

A retired priest in my city has been in failing health for several months. I knew Father Patrick Geary almost twenty years ago when he was one of the archdiocese’s senior pastors in another city where we served in adjacent … Continue reading

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