Joyful Penance

Joyful Penance

As a child I never looked forward to Lenten penances, it always meant “giving up” something that I liked very much. Among my friends it was understood that giving up vegetables was not an acceptable pentential practice. So usually it meant things like chocolate bars...
Approaching Lent, Approaching the Cross

Approaching Lent, Approaching the Cross

As we approach the season of Lent in the Church, we approach again another opportunity to unite ourselves to our Lord Jesus in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Lent is called the “springtime” of the Church.  In the Spring, everything is flowering and...
The Heart of Lent in Carmel

The Heart of Lent in Carmel

By: Sister Marie-Aimee, O.C.D.When I was a freshman in college, long before I knew the Carmelites, I decided to give up music for Lent with the intention of making myself more available for prayer. It was the hardest Lent I ever experienced. It was the best too. I...
Facing Death With Dignity

Facing Death With Dignity

Death with dignity has become synonymous with euthanasia, suicide, taking one’s life in hand and ending it.  Our society is falling for the lie that weakness lessens our worth, that suffering steals our dignity.  Dignity is defined as “the state or quality...
Prayer or good works?

Prayer or good works?

Growing up, I was taught that we needed to “pray, pray, pray” in order to save our souls.  But recently, a friend told me that we need to do good works instead. Which is more important: prayer or good works? I remember hearing it said many years ago in a Catholic...