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Lent possesses several Golden Doors. Passing through them assures the outpouring of graces that unite us to Christ Crucified. Three we have already seen: mortification, prayer, and almsgiving. But no one of these can compare with the fourth. That door dwarfs the other three. It is the sacrament of Confession. The other Golden Doors help… Continue reading Third Meditation for the Third Week of Lent
The Procession to Calvary. Pieter Bruegel, 1564. Our smeared heads on Ash Wednesday acted as an alarm. Like a deafening warning bell, Holy Church screamed into our souls to shake off our spiritual torpor. Like a sharp slap across the face, she reminds us what we are: “Remember man that thou art dust and unto… Continue reading Second Meditation for the Third Week of Lent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVasTvWOBI March 11, 2020 Thanks to Michael Catenacci, the latest Catechism class conducted by Fr. Perricone at St. Vincent Ferrer Church last week is now available on YouTube. A date for the April Catechism class will be announced soon.
Crucifixion. Paolo Veronese, 1582 For the men of our times – and not a few Catholics – Golgotha is as relevant as the Edsel. A quaint curiosity for a simpler time, but of no significant to men of the microchip. A friend was in a jewelry shop recently, and overheard a young lady ask for… Continue reading First Meditation for the Third Week of Lent
The Seven Works of Mercy. Caravaggio, 1606. Almsgiving is the third pillar of Lent. Strange sounding word, isn’t it? Only because of its uncommon usage. It is a classical construal of the expression, works of charity. If mortification is the soil of the soul, and prayer it’s stem, then charity is the blossom. The end… Continue reading Third Meditation for the Second Week of Lent
Christ cleansing a leper. Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864 The second pillar of Lent is prayer. St. Teresa of Avila tells us that prayer is intimate conversation with God. Conversation comes as easy to us as breathing. Our happiness depends upon conversation. Our very nature as men wither without it. Isolate a man from conversation and… Continue reading Second Meditation for the Second Week of Lent
Ancient Catholic tradition teaches all we need to know about Lent. It stands upon three pillars. The first is mortification. The Latin root of this word – mortis – translates as death. A mortification is a death. To what? Not our physical life, but to the life of any desire or inclination that does not… Continue reading First Meditation for the Second Week of Lent
In his sermons for Lent, the Fifth Century giant, St. Leo the Great, wrote: “For us it remains necessary to struggle every day against the rust of our earthly nature.” Rust, indeed. It is an apt word because that is what sin is like, rust. It accumulates ever so gradually, sometimes without notice. Left untreated,… Continue reading Third Meditation for the First Week of Lent
Duccio di Buoninsegna. The Temptation on the Mount, c. 1311. The best of us have let our degraded culture seep into our souls. Every exertion and choice is monitored. Will it enhance my pleasure? Will it increase my inconvenience? Will it make impermissible demands upon the house my indulgence has built? So pandemic and deep… Continue reading Second Meditation for the First Week of Lent