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The most wonderful time of the year!

You know the tune...

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With fish fries a smelling
and everyone telling you "try giving up beer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

It's the pray-prayingest season of all
with weekly prayer meetings
and mission priest greetings
out in the church hall
It's the pray-prayingest season of all

There'll be stations for praying
and rosaries saying
And lovely desserts to forgo
There'll be sacrifice stories
and tales of the glories of
Lenten times long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much ashes showing
on bald heads that are growing
much thinner each year
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be folks a wondering
do we fast on Sunday
or is it a day to let go
There'll be lots of almsgiving
with rice bowls a jingling
heavy with pennies we know

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be lots of confessing
and altars undressing
when Holy Week nea…

Lenten Reading Suggestions for 2017

Every Lent I like to find a spiritually challenging or enlightening book to read and meditate upon. Seeing the Lenten begins March 1st I thought I would share with you some of my favorite titles for Lent.  Feel free to share yours as well.

The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion
Louis deWohl is by far my favorite Catholic author. The Spear takes the reader through the events surrounding the Crucifixion of Our Lord from the perspective of Cassius Longinus, the man who thrust the spear into the side of Christ.  We've read this story aloud during Lent to our family and everyone loves it.

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
This book is a retelling, in detail, of the Lord's Passion as seen by the Anne Catherine Emmerich herself through various visions. It is a fascinating book and was drawn heavily upon by Mel Gibson for The Passion of the Christ.

Life of Christ
Life Of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton Sheen's writings, the fruit of many years of dedi…

Preparing for your Lenten Marathon.

For Catholics and other Christians, Lent is a sort of New Year. It is a time to examine ones life, compare it to the life of Christ, and work toward bringing the former more into line with the latter. Like New Year, it is filled with resolutions and vows, promises of penance and change. It is a time of death for old habits and a time of rebirth or rejuvenation for the soul.

However, there also lies hidden in Lent a very serious and dangerous trick of the devil. The temptation presented by the Father of Lies is to “overdo” the Lenten season. As strange as it may sound, temperance must be exercised in a heroic manner during Lent in relation to penance and sacrifice.

Like a runner at the beginning of a race, at the beginning of Lent we are full of energy and excitement. Our heads are filled with numerous ideas for penance and sacrifice like sugar plumb fairies dancing in our heads. Without honest recognition that the path we are walking leads us to Calvary we will quickly be exhausted a…