- Pray and fast for someone every day of Lent.
- When you shop, only buy those things you really need.
- Pray a rosary every day for someone who has hurt you.
- Say something nice to someone each day.
- Write a short letter to someone each day of lent. Express thanks for their friendship.
- Call someone you having’t talked to in a long time.
- Raise money for a worthy Catholic charity.
- Pray for your priests and Bishop each day.
- Take flowers, a meal or dessert to a neighbor in your neighborhood.
- Make a bag of snacks to keep in your car and give them to people who are begging for help.
- Cut salt from your food.
- Cut cream or sugar from your coffee.
- Pray in front of an abortion clinic for an hour a week.
- Visit a cemetary once a week and pray a rosary.
- Find something in your house you do not need or use and donate it to charity.
- Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Phillipe
- This Tremendous Lover, Bouyer
- Preparing for Easter, howell
- The Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St. John of the Cross
- The Introduction to a Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales
- The Story of a Soul, by St. Thérèse of Lisieux
- The Spiritual Castle, by St. Teresa of Avila
- The Soul of the Apostolate, by Abbot Chautard
- Christ: The Ideal of the Monk, by Abbot Marmion
- Preparation for Death, by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
- The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
- Transformation in Christ by Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand
- The Mystery of the Crown of Thorns by a Passionist
- What Jesus Saw from the Cross by Fr. A.G. Sertillanges
- Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas
- Lenten Sermons by Fr. Augustine Wirth
- A Lent in Earnest by Lucy Ellen Guernsey
- The Lenten Gospels for Daily Meditation During the Holy Season of Lent
- Pope St. Leo the Great’s Sermons on Lent
Suppose a person had given up BOURBON for Lent, and after many long, hard, painful days of fasting desired a WHISKEY. Would this constitute breaking the fast?
A certain person who is NOT a bourbon OR whiskey drinker thinks so, going so far as to say such extreme things as “that’s cheating”, while another person who is on intimate terms with both says ‘no, it is a totally different thing’, given that the principle of non-contradiction tells us that a thing cannot ‘be’ and ‘not be’ at the same time, and while it could be argued that bourbon is (Kentucky) whiskey, whiskey is definitely not bourbon. Does everyone agree?… Read the rest
A few people noticed that I was tapped to do some singing for Holy Week and the Triduum. It is a long and ugly story but the short version is that Father assigned it to me as penance. That may sound bad, but it’s actually an improvement for me. My normal penance is to watch Son #9 so the rest of the family can participate in the liturgy. He and I wrestle in the narthax and engage in other forms of physical and mental challenge of one another. Sometimes I win.
Anyway, a couple of people expressed an interest in hearing some samples of the singing, no doubt hoping it would be bad enough to go viral with their mockery penned high on the comment list. The Wife assures me that my singing is “not THAT bad” and that I manage to “blend” well with others. (Certainly that cannot be said of me in other contexts!) If you hear the tenor, you know that’s not me, that is The Organist responsible for the execution of my penance. If you hear a baritone singing well, that is me. If you hear a baritone singing poorly, that is someone who should never be allowed to sing in public again, penance or not.
Here are a few samples from Holy Thursday. I’ll load some samples from Friday and Saturday as Son #1 can fit in editing time between dates.
If you want to skip ahead:
Ubi Caritas 3:54
Tantum Ergo 10:43… Read the rest