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Saint Michael, Help Me With My Diet?

July 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Saint Michael, Help Me With My Diet?

During my thirties, I began putting on extra weight. Since I was a tiny, skinny child I really paid no heed until it was ‘too late’. This would have been the time to change my diet, but I failed to take that step. There is nothing like the perception of an insurmountable obstacle to make […]

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How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

If you’re Catholic, you’ve probably heard at least once in your life that you should pray, fast, and give alms. These are the three traditional acts of piety that the Church encourages above all others, especially during Lent (although we are supposed to practice them all year round). There are several reasons why these practices […]

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Here’s What I Learned from Fasting

March 19, AD2018 3 Comments
Here’s What I Learned from Fasting

Just over a year ago I was still living a life of hedonism, iniquity and the nihilistic, numbing pursuit of pleasure. But I was saved by God through a combination of religious experience and two years of careful thought and evaluation. I looked at the world around me, and my life, and realised all roads […]

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Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

August 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) Poor in spirit. It is amazing how easy it is to gloss over Jesus’ epic red letter words in the Bible. We read his exhortations and commandments through our tainted human lenses and forget that He wants nothing more than […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

April 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

As we near the end of this year’s journey through Lent, I would like to lead with my favorite joke involving this special time of the liturgical year: A parish priest was leaving a sick call late one winter night. As he rounded a dark corner, a man jumped out from behind a car and […]

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Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

Lent is here! For many, panic ensues on what one should be giving up for Lent. Chocolates? Facebook? Alcohol? Frequently, I have come up with my fast the day of Ash Wednesday as I am walking up to receive ashes on my forehead. For many years I only associated Lent with fasting. Fasting, to me, […]

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Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

silence “The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.” (Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German Dominican priest and mystic) I’m involved in some personal discernment about my life’s mission. Frankly, it is proving much more challenging than I initially expected. The world is so […]

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The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

March 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

We were told recently at a retreat that if only one piece of Scripture survived in a post-apocalyptic world, the parable of the Prodigal Son would suffice for the propagation of the Gospel. The three main characters, father, son and elder brother portray God’s love and forgiveness in a unique and compelling way. The two […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

February 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

We know that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each year, I try to find creative ways to make Lent a memorable one. It is more than just giving up something you will simply return to at the end of 40 days. During this time, we are called to grow deeper in […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

January 3, AD2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Another year has been given to us by God. For many of us, this could be our last. So while we can, let’s make some really good new year’s resolutions to get closer to Christ. RESOLVE TO START FASTING Jesus says famously in Luke 5:35 that his followers would fast after Jesus, the bridegroom, has […]

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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

April 15, AD2014 42 Comments
How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

Lent, what a season! For some it brings dread, for others it is a time to strengthen their walk with God, and still others it is a missed opportunity for renewal altogether. For me, this Lent has been a wonderful and intense time of great growth in my relationship with God. I have learned many […]

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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

April 3, AD2014 4 Comments
What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

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Fasting for Healing

March 12, AD2014 7 Comments
Fasting for Healing

Fasting isn\’t always about not eating food. It can mean giving up something we find pleasurable for the sake of refocusing on Christ. Something inside each of us desires to be our best selves. We get swept away in the daily comforts of our lives and we feel hazy or fuzzy or not quite strong […]

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The Cross for Joyful Living

June 19, AD2013 4 Comments
The Cross for Joyful Living

If you want to win friends and influence people, don’t mention the cross. It is an unlikely enticement to attract us to someone, and yet, it is precisely what Jesus Christ offered us. “If anyone wishes to come after me must deny himself” (Luke 9:23). Although the prospect of self-denial and suffering is repellent, the […]

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