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Lent has surprisingly modern appeal Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Christians around the world mark Lent’s beginning by celebrating Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 this year.

Lent has a surprising modern appeal. Some pastors say that next to Christmas, more people come to church on Ash Wednesday than on any other day, including Easter.

Facing a basic truth

The ashes help us face a basic truth that we may try to avoid, namely death. When we receive ashes, the priest or deacon says, “Remember, you are dust and unto dust, you shall return.” They may also say, “Repent and believe the Good News!”

Combined, the words remind us that we will die and return to dust; therefore, while we’re still alive, we are to repent and believe the Good News!

Celebrating the Pontifical Mass at the Throne Print E-mail
What's That All About
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

What's That All About column by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

The second in a series by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

In this short series, we are looking into what Bishop Robert C. Morlino has been doing with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

You will occasionally see a news story about him celebrating a “Pontifical Mass at the Throne.”

You might not be familiar with that. In the first article, we had a whirlwind explanation of what the Roman Rite is. Now we must drill more deeply.

Why we can’t ‘just sign the form’ Print E-mail
Guest column
Written by Sr. Constance Veit   
Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I received a New Year’s card that read, “This will be the best year yet.”

We Little Sisters of the Poor are fervently praying that 2016 will be remembered as the year we were able to return to our quiet lives at the service of the elderly after a happy resolution to our long legal struggle over the HHS Contraceptive Mandate.