Rejoicing When You Don’t Feel Joyful

Last week we celebrated the greatest of Christian feasts, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and we are well into 50 days of celebrating this joyful event. Alleluias ring out in the liturgy and in every song, expressing the joy of God’s victory over sin and death. Unfortunately for me, in the midst...

The Catholic Prayer Book

Back in 1986 Servant Books first published a United States edition of The Catholic Prayer Book. It was designed to be an all-purpose prayer book for every situation. It included prayers for Mass and the sacraments, prayers for good times and bad, and prayers for families, for the Church, for work and for...

Feel the Fire

Maybe it’s because it’s a cold, lazy, snowy (and somewhat miserable) February day in Michigan. Or maybe it’s because the 40 days of Lent are upon us. Or maybe I just needed some quick inspiration near the end of a long day where I spent five hours in phone meetings. Whatever it was I found myself drawn...

My White Electric Stove

Probably five or six years ago I bought a new stove, a very nice white electric stove. I would not have thought much more about it if I hadn’t recently gotten hooked on House Hunters on HGTV. What I have learned from this show is that white appliances are bad. And electric stoves are even worse. If your...

O Antiphons? O God Help Us!

I planned to write this blog post about the O Antiphons that we pray in the liturgy from December 17th through the 23rd. But as I’m writing this on Friday the 14th, I’m watching the coverage of the horrific school massacre in Connecticut. The situation is too horrible to imagine. How can this happen?...

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