Category Archives: Lent

Observing Friday and/or Lent

RNS linked Cardinal Dolan’s post questioning if we have lost it. What does the tradition tell us? Have Irish folk dispensed from eating corned beef on a day that always falls within Lent? Have some stooped to eat capybaras and … Continue reading

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From Anselm of Canterbury

A bit more than a third of the way through¬†Lent, and perhaps it is time for some encouragement from the sainted Benedictine monk Anselm: O my God teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to … Continue reading

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Merciful To All

From the Wisdom of Solomon: For it is always in your power to show great strength,and who can withstand the might of your arm? Because the whole world before you is like a speck that tips the scales,and like a … Continue reading

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Facebook Is The New Chocolate

Checking my fb feed this morning and lots of friends are planning to run silent the next several weeks. I used to refrain from reading and commenting, but this blog has always been running daily, mostly. Laudato Si’ will return … Continue reading

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Joel Ushers In Lent

The Liturgy Commission got a few choices from me for Lenten entrance music. They chose the plea from Joel (not Billy): Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: ne in aeternum irascaris nobis. The great prelude begins tomorrow: before Lent’s first Sunday … Continue reading

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Alleluia Stories

A week from this coming Wednesday, we’ll “bury” the singing of “Alleluia” for forty-five days. (Don’t get me started on the counting of Lent!) Over the years,¬† I’ve encountered some interesting misconceptions and ideas about the Latinized Hebrew Gospel Acclamation … Continue reading

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Ascesis

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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