Lent

The Three O’clock Hour

In October 1937, in Cracow (Poland), Lord Jesus instructed Sister Faustina to venerate the hour of His death and to connect with Him in prayer referring to the value and…

Passiontide

Passiontide: beginning on Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent, consists of the final two weeks of Lent – Passion Week and Holy Week During Passiontide, the crucifixes, statues, and…

Mary’s Way of the Cross

The photo above is the exquisite work of art by Michelangelo Buonarroti. I have had the great fortune of viewing this magnificent sculpture of Carrara marble many times at St.…

The Receiving of Ashes

Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent, which is structured to spiritually prepare us to walk with the Lord through his passion and celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.…

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy have their roots in the teachings of Jesus Christ and have been practiced by Christians throughout history. The concept of the Corporal Works of Mercy…

40 Days

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  40 days—the duration of Lent—is one of the most symbolically significant periods of time in the Bible. Lent, the special season that precedes Easter, is an English word and…

Splinters from the Cross

Although, this prayer can certainly be prayed at any time, I find praying Splinters from the Cross, particularly meaningful at the close of The Way of the Cross SPLINTERS FROM…

The Way of the Cross

“Mary advanced in her pilgrimage of faith through her perfect union with her Son unto the cross, and offers an eminent and singular example to the whole People of God,…

A Reflection on Fasting

In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events.  The ancient…

A Lenten Prayer

  Loving God, During the sacred season of lent, bring me closer to you. Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may…
Double Cauliflower with Chard and Onions

Double Cauliflower with Chard and Onions

  Inexpensive and readily available, cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in vitamins C and K, potassium, manganese, folate, fiber and cancer-preventing glucosinolates. If you are (currently) not…
Lenten Soup Suppers

Lenten Soup Suppers

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  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a journey of spiritual growth, requiring fasting, the giving of alms and prayer. Although this is a solemn season more about self-denial…

Okra Gumbo

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  Okra, also known as “gumbo” or “lady fingers,” is a highly nutritious edible green pod vegetable. It’s available fresh just about year-round in the South and from May-October in…

Bell Peppers and Eggs

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  My mother was not a huge fan of fish, so our meals during Lent consisted of vegetables, beans and legumes and of course pasta. The meal that I associate…

Lent

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  Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras marks the first day of Lent. For Christians around the world, it is a time of prayer and penance, fasting and abstinence, reflection…