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Offer Our Suffering with Christ

Suffering with ChristThese are very difficult times we are in right now. As the Coronavirus makes its way across the world, many people suffer from the symptoms: fever, cough and respiratory problems. The Coronavirus is similar to the flu, but deadlier. Anyone who has had the flu knows how bad the flu can make you feel. Add the fear of no remedy, treatment or vaccine, coupled with the ease of transmission that the Coronavirus offers and we are truly brought to our knees. It is at times like this that we can offer our suffering with Christ; uniting our suffering to Christ’s suffering on the Cross.

Suffering with Christ

The social distancing that we currently experience can make us feel isolated and Continue reading

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

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

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

Embrace Lent and Grow Closer to Jesus

Embrace Lent

Many people look at Lent as a season of punishment, denial, etc. (add your own negative words as a description). I say that Lent offers me an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. I find that to be a very good thing! When I embrace Lent for all that it has to offer, I achieve the following:

  1. A new perspective on what I need to do to walk the journey Christ asks me to walk.
  2. The advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I receive a clean soul, united to Christ.
  3. More time spent with Jesus, one-on-one, through visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It is here that He works on my soul, in the hospital of sinners.
  4. Increased insight to Continue reading

Ash Wednesday and Lent Begins!

Ash WednesdayWow! How time flies! It seems like it was Christmas, just yesterday. Today, we approach the solemn season of Lent. Throughout Lent, we engage in fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Why? Well, let’s start with Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, we take the blessed palms received from the last Palm Sunday and we bring them back to our Church for burning. Once burned into blessed ashes, the priest, or designee, applies the blessed ashes on our foreheads, stating, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  These ashes mark us as followers of Christ, for all to see. If you are Catholic, and have received ashes in the past, you know what I mean. Continue reading