9 things you need to know about Lent

02/16/2015 Comments (5)

Lent is about to start. Do you know what you need to know?

This week the liturgical season of Lent begins.

Here are nine things you need to know about it . . .


1. What is Lent?

According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar [.pdf]:

27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.


2. Where does the word "Lent" come from?

The Catholic Encyclopedia notes:

The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the forty days' fast preceding Easter, originally...READ MORE

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The Intolerable Compliment

02/15/2015 Comments (6)

It is a strange fact of the Christian life that one of the surest marks of God's favor is trouble. In the scene just preceding Luke's account of the temptation of Christ we have seen one of the most overt revelations of Jesus' true identity. The heavens are torn open, the Spirit descends on Jesus "in bodily form like a dove" and the very voice of the Father declares "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." There's just not a lot of ambiguity here.

And yet, in Luke's account, we find the very first token of the Father's pleasure with the Son is this: he was immediately led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days to be tempted by the devil. For many people this is as...READ MORE

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A Song of Salvation

Threads link shrine-recorded CD to a saint and possible future saint.

02/15/2015 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Msgr. Joseph Hirsch's CD is now available by popular demand after showings on EWTN.

– Courtesy of Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

Less than two weeks ago, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., received 1,000 audio CDs it had made of a song from a music video called The Salvation Poem.
“We put it on YouTube, and the video’s producers gave it to EWTN,” Jack Socha told me. Socha, who works in the communications department at the shrine and does a radio show for the La Crosse Diocese, said EWTN has been airing the music video on occasion for more than a year.
Once viewers saw the short video of Msgr. Joseph Hirsch, a priest with the La Crosse Diocese, singing The Salvation Poem, they began phoning in about it from all over the country. As they continued to call, the shrine decided to put the song...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Homily at Mass for New Cardinals

02/15/2015 Comments (14)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass delivered this morning in St. Peter's basilica for 20 new cardinals created yesterday in the course of the Ordinary Public Consistory.

 "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean"… Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said: "I do choose. Be made clean!" (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That com-passion which made him draw near to every person in pain! Jesus does not hold back; instead, he gets involved in people’s pain and their need… for the simple reason that he knows and wants to show com-passion, because he has a heart unashamed to have "compassion".

"Jesus could no longer go into...READ MORE

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This Valentine’s Day, Aim for ‘Old Fashioned’

02/14/2015 Comments (4)

This fall, I took the opportunity to watch Old Fashioned, which opens in theaters today. When I heard it was billed against the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey, I’ll admit I was more than curious. I’m not such a fan of 50 Shades, but I’m also not necessarily a fan of sappy and badly made shove-God-down-your-throat films either.

I was in for a surprise with Old Fashioned. I streamed it on an evening when everyone was in bed early. Living as I do in the middle of a cornfield, it took me about twice as long to watch it (streaming over my connection is always an exercise in patience).

My first reaction was that this movie was far, far better than I expected it to be. I often find myself...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

02/14/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on entering St. Peter's basilica.


Pope Francis reminded 20 newly created cardinals this morning they are always to to be ordered towards charity, have a “strong sense of justice”, "rejoice in the right", and be docile to the working of the Holy Spirit.

“The more we are ‘incardinated’ in the Church of Rome, the more we should become docile to the Spirit,” Francis explained, “so that charity can give form and meaning to all that we are and all that we do.”

He also warned against being jealous, boastful, and puffed up with pride, and stressed their newly elevated status is not “honorific” but rather an essential support for the life of the community.

Speaking at the ordinary public consistory for the creation of new...READ MORE

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Register Radio - EWTN’s Day in Court

02/14/2015 Comments (4)

On this week’s Register Radio, Dan Burke and Jeanette De Melo talk about defending religious liberty with EWTN's Michael Warsaw and Becket Fund senior attorney Lori Windham in light of EWTN's recent oral arguments against the HHS mandate at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan Burke’s Conversation with Michael Warsaw

Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, the world's largest religious media network based in Irondale, Alabama. Using all facets of technology, EWTN's global reach includes eleven television networks, shortwave, satellite and AM/FM radio services, online and digital media services, news and publishing.

Mr. Warsaw joined EWTN in 1991....READ MORE

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Oscar special! Every Best Pic nominee in 60(ish) seconds! Priests in film! More!

Priests on film, showtimes for the hour-long “Reel Faith” Oscar special and “Reel Faith” video reviews of all eight Best Picture nominees.

02/13/2015 Comments (2)

Well, here I am dropping in again after going on two months. I keep thinking I’m just about to get my head above water, but … well, to mix metaphors, the light at the end of the tunnel keeps receding. I’ll get there at some point. I’m just not yet quite sure when.

What’s occupied the lion’s share of my free time for the last two months — when I haven’t been in class, at work or with family — has been the ongoing redesign effort for DecentFilms.com. This is a herculean task that I initially hoped would be completed by New Year’s, and then by the end of January, and now … well, it still seems just out of reach. I’ll keep you posted. Update: It’s live now! Check it out! 

(SDG’s first law of...READ MORE

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