Are you making reparation for the sins of your past, for the sins of your family, and for the sins of the world? We will never do enough, but we all should do something extra during Lent. This is not the time for relaxation. We should accomplish good works, say extra prayers, read Catholic literature, and deny ourselves the sensual pleasures to which we may have been accustomed.
“Two loves have made two cities: the love of self to the point of despising God, the earthy city; and the love of God to the point of despising self, the heavenly city,” such is the teaching of the great St Augustine at the beginning of the 5th century.
In the liberal atmosphere that permeates Western culture, obedience has been greatly abused as an excuse for great evil. However, obedience is a virtue and Catholics are supposed to seek to continually increase in virtue. This leads to the question: How does a Catholic obey boththeir religious and civil superiors when they are obviously perpetrating evil laws and doctrines?
For over a thousand years, the Faithful have sung the Mass with joy. This is not a new, modern idea. In fact, this tradition goes back thousands of years. Historically, it was a high honour to be asked to sing. And we're asking now! Starting February 19th, members of the Choir will be positioned throughout the church for a few weeks to help us get comfortable with when to sing, and also to help give us more confidence with the parts. Please join in as your are able and sing to the Lord!
Sometimes we think about religion as a business. St. Peter had this idea. Peter quit his job as a fisherman and followed Jesus during the three years of public ministry. He was willing to do this because Jesus called him to be a fisher of men. Peter wanted to know what his service to Jesus was worth.