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Christian Silent Lenten Retreat

Chocolate, Hot Dates, and Contrition: Valentine’s Day and Lent

This year, February 14 is both Saint Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the penitential season of Lent in which Christians commit to fasting, almsgiving and other spiritual disciplines in preparation for Easter. How does one reconcile chocolates, hot dates, fasting and contrition? Perhaps Saint Valentine himself offers an answer....

It’s Advent, Not Christmas! The Contemplative Language of the Liturgical Seasons

Christmas is so much more than the celebration of an historical event. However significant and consequential for eternal destiny the birth of Jesus Christ of the Virgin Mary was, the symbolic and liturgical language of the Church points us to deeper things than a mere historical commemoration of this blessed occasion in Bethlehem....

Tired of Hearing About God

Imagine someone who spends his whole life talking about a beautiful destination -- let’s say a majestic, untouched mountain range somewhere in the West – but who never actually takes the time to travel there to see it in person. Imagine the romantic, dreamy-eyed look this person gets when his mind drifts to this most beautiful of places that he has read about somewhere. ...