The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word which means “rejoice” or “rejoicing.” Other nuances of the word include joyfulness, gladness, cheerfulness, and happiness. This elated or jubilant mood is a striking one-day reprieve from the somber, sorrowful, penitential tone of the other days of Lent.
March 10, 2017
There are four general Prefaces in the Roman Missal for the Season of Lent, and these texts are not only spoken liturgical prayers, they also serve as texts for personal prayer and meditation, and they express the spiritual purpose and importance of the season.
March 3, 2017
This Lent don’t be stuck in a rut. “Same old, same old” – is old. If nothing changes, nothing changes! The same old routine yields the same old results. If we want things to be different (i.e., better), we must do things differently. Except different requires change, and change requires effort, and change can be uncomfortable. Fear and laziness are the two biggest obstacles. Don’t be afraid. Give a little extra effort. Keep what works but add or substitute something new. A fresh approach can be invigorating.
February 17, 2017
The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter on February 22 is unique because it mentions a chair. The usual meaning for a chair is a piece of furniture with four legs and a back for a person to sit. This feast is not about a second-class relic, a chair that St. Peter sat upon, or any other chair.
February 1, 2017
To God goes the glory! Really? Maybe it should go that way, but there are plenty of times that it does not. When we have done a good deed, quite often God is not the first person to come to mind. If we are honest, we have to admit that we regularly think of ourselves first. Our mindset is, “After all of the hard work that I have done, after all of the good that I have accomplished, I deserve some credit around here.” It translates, “To me goes the glory!”
January 26, 2017
Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a method of prayer I have studied and attempted to learn for quite some time. I loved hearing stories of people who successfully practiced Lectio Divina, and I wanted to experience this prayer too. I read books and searched the internet for how to pray Lectio Divina – and I practiced the steps for doing the prayer, however I never felt like I connected with this type of prayer. Recently, I attended a workshop on praying Lectio Divina and my experience with this prayer changed — I had a breakthrough with Lectio Divina.
January 26, 2017
Thomas Aquinas may be the brightest theological and philosophical light in the history of the Catholic Church. His teaching and voluminous writings have profoundly influenced, deepened, and informed Catholic thought for over seven hundred years.