by Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears;  My heart within me like a stone  Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;  Look right, look left, I dwell alone;  I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief  No everlasting hills I see;  My life is in the falling leaf:  O Jesus, quicken me.  My life is like a faded leaf,  My harvest dwindled to a husk:  Truly my life is void and brief  And tedious in the barren dusk;  My life is like a frozen thing,  No bud nor greenness can I see:  Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;  ORead More →

Ask Catholics what they’re doing for Lent this year, and they’ll probably tell you that they are giving up a favorite food, a favorite pastime or anything else they really love but isn’t essential in their lives. Giving up something for Lent fosters self-discipline and tempers our desires. It is a form of fasting. It is a form of penance. It promotes spiritual growth. If you’re giving up something for Lent, that’s great. But think also about the possibility of doing something positive to bolster your spiritual life and make the world a better place. Look for ways that you can increase your knowledge ofRead More →