Category Archives: Lent

The Promise of Lent and Grace of Eastertide

The one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 1:6) As the end of Lent nears, we see how far we have come. And we see how far … Continue reading

Posted in Easter, Faith, Inspirational, Lent, Prayer | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Promise of Lent and Grace of Eastertide

Rejoice! Gospel Meditations, by Louis Evely

Lent invites us to refresh our souls, to refocus our lives, to set things right. Rejoice! by Louis Evely, has a way of growing us out of our comfort zones into the light. It challenges us to lift our crosses … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Catechetics, Catholic Theme, Easter, Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Lent, Lenten Devotion, Love, Mercy, mystery, non-fiction, Prayer, Resurrection, Spiritual Life, The Mystery of Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rejoice! Gospel Meditations, by Louis Evely

Feast of Pontius Pilate, by E. Ann McIntyre

Who would have thought that any of the Gospel villains would merit a feast on the liturgical calendar or have churches erected in their memory? Believe it or not, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church considers Pontius Pilate and his wife, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Catholic Fiction, Catholic Theme, Easter, Faith, Fiction, fiction, History, Hope, Inspirational, Lent, Lenten Devotion, Mercy, Novel, Resurrection, The Mystery of Suffering, Year of Mercy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Feast of Pontius Pilate, by E. Ann McIntyre

Lazarus of Bethany: A Novel, By E. Ann McIntyre

Fictionalized representations of biblical characters often miss the mark. Nevertheless, the Bible serves as a vast treasury of plots and characters, including intriguing hints of narratives read between the lines. One of the most fascinating but little-known characters in the … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Book Review, Catholic Fiction, Catholic Theme, Easter, Faith, Family Life, Fiction, fiction, History, Humour, Inspirational, Lent, Love, Mercy, Prayer, Reviews, The Mystery of Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lazarus of Bethany: A Novel, By E. Ann McIntyre

From Bethlehem to Calvary

My parish has many lovely traditions and displays, but one in particular struck me and continues to strike me every year. There is a wooden cross on display outside our church during Lent, and another inside. Both are handmade at … Continue reading

Posted in Easter, Lent | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Lent: Highlighting Forgiveness & Redemption for All; Even “Dutch” Schultz

We are now into the third week of Lent and the road to redemption has been halfway traveled. Throughout the world Catechumens have almost reached their goal of full inclusion into the Catholic Church, which takes place during the Easter … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirational, Lent, Year of Mercy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Strengthen Your Lenten Journey With Fasting

When you hear the word “fasting,” do you automatically cringe? Do you dread Ash Wednesday or Good Friday? Or do you embrace the self-denial of fasting on those days? If you’re like most people, you might not look forward to … Continue reading

Posted in Lent | Tagged | Comments Off on Strengthen Your Lenten Journey With Fasting

Yes, a Short Story by Ann McIntyre

During a cold and damp Lent, Yes, a homeless immigrant, barely survives his crossing of the Mediterranean to Italy. Suffering from pneumonia and a multitude of injuries, he finds shelter among Bernini’s colonnade in Vatican City, drawing disdainful stares from … Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Fiction, Catholic Theme, Easter, Faith, Fiction, fiction, Hope, Humour, Inspirational, Lent, Lenten Devotion, mystery, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Review: Blessed by Less by Susan Vogt

For Susan Vogt, a Lenten challenge became an addiction. Her forty bags for forty days campaign on her blog encouraged others to join her in giving away one bag of unneeded items every day for 40 days. The discipline of … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Catholic Writing and Publishing, Lent | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Finding the Ultimate Pleasure Park

We live in a world where pleasure-seeking has become a highly prized ritual. And we keep upping the ante on what constitutes “pleasure.” Sadomasochism is being normalized, evidenced by the immense popularity of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Addiction is rampant, … Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Writing and Publishing, Faith, Lent, Prayer | 2 Comments