Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
It is well established and understood that Lent is a time of prayer, penance, fasting, abstinence and almsgiving with the goal of spiritual transformation. Generally, the focus has been on denial, “giving up something”, often some sort of food or drink.
Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
Celebration is a paradoxical thing, created by a dynamic interplay between anticipation and fulfillment, longing and inconsummation, the ordinary and the special, work and play.
Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00
Jumping out of bed with no complaints at 5:15 a.m. is usually a drudge, but there are things that can motivate such an action. A few weeks ago that motivation was to get from Camarillo to St. Mark Church in Venice for the annual Grandparent’s Mass at 8 a.m.
Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00
A friend of mine tells this story: As a young boy in the 1950s he was struck down with pneumonia. His family lived in a small town that had neither a hospital nor a doctor. His father had a job which had taken him away from the family for that week. His mother was home alone with no phone and no car.
Prayer of the MonthPapal intentions for November: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Papal intentions for December: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.