Art for Holy Saturday

It’s Holy Saturday, and Our Lord’s Sacred Body is in the tomb. Yesterday I prayed in the church where the Eucharist had been taken out of the tabernacle, and so the doors of the tabernacle were open, the candle was dark, and the curtain behind the tabernacle’s golden doors was tied up to show the emptiness inside.…

The Christian Life is Sacrifice

If men were only in error, He (Christ) might have been a Teacher fenced in by all the comforts of life; and after having taught the theory of pain, He would die on a soft bed. But then He would have left no other message than a code to obey. But if men were in…

Into the Wilderness

I warned on Ash Wednesday that it wouldn’t be long before I had more thoughts about Lent–and now it’s only Friday! (All thoughts will keep for later use, though.) If you need some more encouragement to value this solemn time of the year, here are three things to keep in mind as you enter deeper into this…

Lenten Hymns in Latin

Earlier I posted a list of six Lenten hymns in English, and here is a list for the Latin-lovers among you as well: Attende Domine    (*Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the audio file!* Sheet music is here, under “Extra Downloads”) Parce Domine    (*Scroll down to the bottom of the page for…

A Short Lent?

In all seriousness, though, as we begin this solemn and penitential season of Lent I want to tell you that you will all be in my prayers. My hope for Lent 2014 is that we each appreciate the greatness of the love of Christ on the Cross more than we ever have before, that we learn to love…

Guest Post: Remembering Lent

(Today’s post is by one of my grandmothers, who was born and raised Catholic in a tiny town in the Midwest during Depression era. As you will see, the observance of the season of Lent in her Domestic Church was rigorous. How good that must have been for all of their souls!)   Lent was a very special…

Lenten Hymns (in English!)

When your family gathers around your home altar for prayer before bed, it’s so beautiful to close (or open!) evening prayer with a hymn. (After all, hymns are an important part of the Divine Office, the constant prayer of the Church that our priests and consecrated religious devote their lives to ceaselessly praying.) This Lent, I…