Madison Catholic Herald
Still time to get out of our ruts this Lent Print
Everyday Faith
Thursday, Apr. 04, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Every day as a means of spurring family discussion around the supper table, my husband and I ask each of our children to talk about his or her "rose" and "thorn" of the day.

Recently this was a conversation I had with my six-year-old son:

"What was your thorn of the day?"

"My bottom got wet when I went down the slide at recess."

Make this the best Lent of your life Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Ash Wednesday, St. Bernard, Middleton
Fr. Brian Wilk, pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Middleton, distributes ashes to a parishioner during an Ash Wednesday Mass last year. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

Every Lent, the whole Church goes on a retreat together with Jesus in the desert for 40 days. Through increased attention to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we grow in virtue and holiness, more attentive to the grace and love of the Lord, more dynamic in the practice of our faith, more spiritually ready to celebrate the great Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Christ.

The etymology of "religion" is "relationship," so we deepen the relationships in our lives this Lent. Through prayer, we grow in our experience and attention to the Lord; through almsgiving, we serve and love others by sharing our time and treasure, especially with the needy and suffering; through fasting, we empty ourselves out, so the Lord can more truly reign on the throne of our hearts.

More Jesus. Less me. If I am especially faithful to fasting, there will literally be less of me, come Easter!

More about subtraction than addition

In a sense, Lent is more about subtraction than it is addition. By removing the noisy demands of my selfishness and the distracting clutter of my heart, God has greater freedom and capacity to live, move, and act within me.

This path of self-emptying is imitative of Jesus, who followed a trajectory of remarkable humility, in order to reach, heal, forgive, love, and save us. Jesus Christ was laser-focused on doing the will of the Father, radically directing every aspect of His life and personality to His mission.

Catholic schools: Faith, academics, service Print
Our Catholic Schools
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 -- 12:00 AM

Our Catholic Schools, by Michael Lancaster"Why do we have Catholic schools?" I mean really, why do we have Catholic schools? It's a question I hear much too often.

Yet it is a question that I am passionate about answering, not just because I'm the superintendent, but because I've experienced Catholic schools as a student, a parent, a teacher, and an administrator, and I am completely, totally, and unequivocally convinced that Catholic schools are awesome!

UPDATE: Officials modify public health orders allowing more people to attend Masses Print
Around the Diocese
Friday, Jun. 05, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Madison Coat of Arms

The following is a statement from Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison regarding today's (June 5) decision by officials to modify public health orders.

"We are pleased that the County and the City have ended the unequal 50-person cap on religious gatherings. As bishop, it is my duty to ensure that Sunday Mass be available as widely as possible to the Catholic faithful, while following best practices when it comes to public health. Indeed, in a time of deep division, it is more important than ever for the Church to provide solace and comfort to all, in the great tradition of American religious freedom. We look forward to working together with the County and City to continue the reopening process in a safe, cooperative, and responsible manner."

Click HERE to read the joint release from Public Health Madison & Dane County, City of Madison, and Dane County.

Focusing on the present this Lent Print
Everyday Faith
Thursday, Mar. 07, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

"Mom, can I get a Minecraft Lego set for my birthday?"

My son's eyes were wide with hope and anticipation and all seriousness. But, smiling, I had to hide a laugh and shake my head.

His birthday was six months away.


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