Lent: A Season for Sacrifice

Our guest blogger today is Kyle Kramer, the executive director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky.. Years ago, as Lent approached, I asked a trusted spiritual counselor what he was going to give up. He gave me a sly grin and said, “I’m giving up giving things up for...

Jesus’ Experience of Temptation

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe to this FREE e-newsletter, click here. One of the most significant aspects of the season of Lent is to remind us of how Jesus entered into the human experience. We face that fact...

Journey Toward God’s Love

Our guest today is Amy Ekeh, a freelance writer from Milford, Connecticut, where she writes her blog (amyekeh.com) and keeps busy with her four children. A Blatant Display of God’s Love St. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth that what he wanted was to “know nothing while was with you except Jesus...

Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted...

Lent and a Reader’s Inspiration

We’re into Lent, and both for those becoming Christians and those already baptized, our conversion as Christians prompts us to help shape a just world. Catholics traditionally pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. Those three “pillars” of the Lenten season can take many forms. But true to the...

Franciscan Media: More than Meets the Eye

St. Anthony Messenger has been the core of our Franciscan province’s media-evangelization ministry for well over a century. In recent decades, other forms of evangelization have come and gone here—most notably our wildly successful presence in the parish services market through Catholic Update and other...

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