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Honor Holy Week While the Churches are Closed

Honor Holy WeekIn North Carolina, we are under a state of emergency, where no more than ten people can congregate at one time. Therefore, our Bishop cancelled all Masses throughout my Diocese, until further notice. Yet, this is the holiest week of the year, with Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Services, and of course, the Easter Vigil. So, how might one honor Holy Week while the Churches are closed?

Honor Holy Week

Although we cannot attend services here in North Carolina, and perhaps in your neck of the woods, as well, here are some suggestions on how you might honor Holy Week, safely from our own homes:

  1. Read Scripture, specifically the daily Mass readings. You can find them by clicking on Continue reading

Coronavirus – It’s No Joke!

CoronavirusToday is April Fool’s Day, but the Coronavirus is no joke! I’ve seen the footage of young people partying in Florida on Spring Break. I’ve also seen the footage of people congregating in large groups to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. Hello people!!! We have a crisis here that calls for individuals to think more of others and less of themselves – a call for humility. Those partying in Florida, went back home after Spring Break and now run the risk of giving this virus to their parents and/or grandparents. People congregating in large groups place themselves at higher risk of contracting this pandemic of a disease.

Coronavirus – Call to Action

Everyone needs to follow the latest Continue reading

The Stoning: Has No One Condemned You?

CondemnedIn today’s Gospel the Pharisees test Jesus. They bring to Him a woman accused of adultery. According to Mosaic law, such an offense results in the stoning of the woman. So, the Pharisees, looking to convict Jesus, put forth this quandary before Him. It is wrong to kill (a violation of the 5th Commandment), but it is also wrong to commit adultery (a violation of the 6th Commandment). Do two wrongs make it right? Rather than answering their implied question, Jesus starts writing in the sand. No biblical scholars ever  ascertained what Jesus wrote, but whatever it was, it caused everyone to depart, leaving Jesus alone with the woman. Jesus asks the woman, “Woman, where are Continue reading

Annunciation of Our Lord

Annunciation of Our Lord

 

Today, we celebrate the awesome event of when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a Son, who would be called the Son of God. Today is the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.

The Annunciation

Can you imagine what that moment must have been like for Mary? She was a young teen, barely a woman! Yet, she knew enough about the facts of life to know how procreation works. She wondered, how could this be, since she did not know man? She was engaged to Joseph, but they had not yet married. Therefore, Mary was a virgin. Yet, with God, all things are possible. We consider the Annunciation, the conception of Continue reading

Spiritual Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Spiritual Works of MercyLooking for something uplifting to do this Lent that increases your own spiritual awareness? Look no further than the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Counseling the Doubtful: Encourage someone who is struggling with their faith to speak with your parish priest, where they can receive the answers needed to grow in faith.
  • Instructing the Ignorant: Volunteer and participate in faith formation groups in your parish. Becoming a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor is a great place to start. At this time of crisis, look for ways to communicate virtually (by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout, to name just a few ways).
  • Admonishing the Sinner: Without judging, help others find their way Continue reading

Corporal Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Corporal Works of MercyNote: The suggestions in this post, on the Corporal Works of Mercy, may need to be modified, given the conditions that we now live under because of the coronavirus. Stay safe, one and all.

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If giving up chocolate, or wine/beer, was not your thing for Lent, and you want to do something meaningful, then try one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty: Consider donating your time to work at a homeless shelter, feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Or, donate money to your local food bank.
  • Clothe the Naked: Consider giving away unwanted clothing to Goodwill or some other charity.
  • Shelter the Homeless Continue reading

See Lent Through the Eyes of Mary

Through the Eyes of Mary

Have you ever imagined what the Passion and death of Jesus looked like from Mary’s perspective? I had the opportunity a couple years back to attend a Stations of the Cross, using a booklet that presented each station through the eyes of Mary. It was an extremely powerful experience. (I’ve included a link to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Get a free download for yourself).

Lent, Through the Eyes of Mary

Talk about feeling helpless! Mary could only watch as the most horrific things were done to her Son. She saw Jesus bruised and bleeding, and like any good mother, she wanted to address His wounds. Yet, she could do nothing. Mary heard the crowd speak against Jesus, and Continue reading

Find Quiet Time for Jesus This Lent

Quiet Time for JesusIn the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, many find it difficult to find some quiet time for Jesus. We get caught up in our chores, events, family needs, etc. When we lay our heads down at night, we are exhausted. It’s at times like these, that finding quiet time for Jesus is a must. Why? Because, we cannot succeed at anything without Jesus. Saint Francis de Sales is famously known for having quipped:

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed,

So, if you want to get all the chores done, attend that basketball game for your eighth grader, and visit an elderly parent in a nursing home, Continue reading