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 →

“In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up; here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of his hiddenness”, wrote Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI) in his book, The Spirit of the Liturgy… What was the prayer of the pierced Sacred Heart at Calvary? Christ’s seven final words from the Cross spoke of forgiveness, Paradise, beholding our Mother, being forsaken, God’s thirst, completion, and entrustment into the Father’s hands. With these words of merciful love, “Heaven is no longer locked up”. The pierced Sacred HeartRead More →