Category: Lent

  • Monastic Lenten Practices: How Benedictine monks observe Lent

    Monastic Lenten Practices: How Benedictine monks observe Lent

    It is a long-standing tradition in the Church for Christians to commit to extra prayer, fasting, and charity during Lent. The Rule of Saint Benedict offers this guidance for the monastic observance of Lent: Bona Opera “Although the life of a monk ought always to have a Lenten character, yet because few have the degree…

  • Celebrating Lent

    “The season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should also be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.” – Pope Francis. Pope Francis has made relating Jesus’ teachings on mercy one of his top priorities. Combining the wisdom and humility of Pope Francis with prayers from Fr. Warren J.…

  • Good Friday Reflection

    “But He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon Him the guilt of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)

  • Mardi Gras

    Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a season of penance, prayer, and reflection. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. This is beautifully expressed in Psalm 51:   Have mercy…