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Lent and the Great Paradox

Lent and the Great Paradox

As eighteenth century English writer Samuel Johnson might have put it, “Nothing concentrates the mind like knowing that I am dust, and to dust I shall return.” And nothing is a more bracing reminder of that reality than the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Placed

A Fishy Story for Friday

A Fishy Story for Friday

It’s Lent and suddenly the fast food chains in America are fishing for the Catholic customer. The convenience food giants learned long ago that on Fridays during Lent Catholics are not buying hamburgers, hot dogs, pork sausages, pastrami, pepperoni, and baloney, barbecue, chops, subs, ribs,

Keeping Lent Real with Mary

Keeping Lent Real with Mary

I consider myself a Lent dropout, but that’s not entirely accurate, because I keep re-enrolling. I’m not so different from a lot of people, I’m sure. I start off strong and motivated and full of ideas and plans and ways that this will be the