Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: iBreviary

The iBreviary is your portable breviary. You can use it to pray with the full texts of the Liturgy of the Hours in just five languages. Simply launch the application and all the texts of the day will appear before you.

The texts of the Liturgy of the Hours, are formatted just as they appear in the printed version. Thus the iPad version, thanks to the generous screen, gives one the feeling of holding a book with all the functionality and convenience of an Apple application.
To get the app for iPhone, click here.
To get the app for Google Play, click here.

Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Stations of the Cross

Created through the passion and professional expertise of lay Catholics, since its launch Aleteia has been accompanied by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. In communion with the Church’s Magisterium, Aleteia is open to working with the dicasteries of the Holy See, and also collaborates with bishops conferences and religious orders, congregations and communities, some of which are directly involved in the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media (FEM).

To go to these stations of the cross, click here.

USCCB Lectio Divina for Second Sunday of Lent

Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It involves focused reading of Scripture (lectio), meditation on the Word of God (meditatio), contemplation of the Word and its meaning in one’s life (contemplatio) and ends with prayer (oratio). For this Lent, we will have a Lectio Divina resource for the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent that can be used by individuals or in group settings.

Second Sunday of Lent Lectio Divina

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Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Catholic Online

Only Catholic Online, located at www.catholic.org, gives the largest and broadest population of Catholics worldwide easy access to comprehensive, educational and timely information about Catholicism, and provides a range of easy methods to integrate their faith into their daily lives. The mission of Catholic Online (COL) is to accurately represent the Catholic religion: its “past” and present. Today, Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church including comprehensive information about over 7,000 Catholic saints and comprehensive online scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament.

To go to the website, click here.

Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: JimmyAkin.com

From the Website:

Jimmy Akin was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. But at age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. He planned on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, and he started an intensive study of the Bible. The thing was, the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he had to become Catholic, which he did in 1992. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in the book Surprised By Truth.

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Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Lecto Divina

Get Ready for this Sunday

Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It involves focused reading of Scripture (lectio), meditation on the Word of God (meditatio), contemplation of the Word and its meaning in one’s life (contemplatio) and ends with prayer (oratio). For this Lent, we will have a Lectio Divina resource for the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent that can be used by individuals or in group settings.

The US Bishops have put together a lectio divina for this Sunday’s readings.  This lectio divina is available in English and en espanol.

Wow: What if we did remove? Homily for Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Readings for Today

Wow.  Just imagine if we did what God said.  Removing oppression, false accusation and malicious speech.  Bestowing bread on the hungry and satisfying the afflicted. Can you imagine what we could be, what the world would be like if we did these things?  Wow.

Yet, that is what Lent is all about.  It is about allowing God to transform us so that what is amazing is not doing the things we heard in Isaiah’s reading, but that it would be amazing that anyone chose NOT to do what we heard.  Lent is about doing something, really doing something so that we can have a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Not just focusing on going to Mass, or following the rules of the Church, but doing so because we have discovered in our relationship with Jesus that going to Mass and living the Christian life is very much the way in which our relationship with Jesus can come alive!

I remember reading a book by Matthew Kelly once where he referred to the question, “Will the world ever change?”  And the answer, if I remember it was, “Not if each one of us does.”  Because, whether we like it or not, the world changes with each of the choices we make.  Choose then, a deeper relationship with Christ, so that the world and everyone in it may receive its ultimate fulfillment.

Fasting: Why do we fast? Homily for Friday, March 3, 2017

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Readings for Today

Fasting.  Well, it is Friday after Ash Wednesday and it is time to fast.  Well, more accurately, it is time to abstain from meat.  Either way, you might be wondering why it is that we do this.  Why is it we fast from things?  And why do we make a decision to abstain from meat?

These questions are common.  And these questions are the opposite of what the world tells us.  We can be tempted to give in to materialism, to greed, to selfishness, to getting more and more stuff.  After all, he who dies with the most stuff wins, right?

And yet, when love is involved, we understand why we fast.  Sacrificing is done when it benefits someone we love.  Parents sacrifice for kids.  We exercise, fasting from sitting on the couch and getting lazy.  We do not always eat what we want so that we can be healthy.  But, do we consider the fasting that is demanded by holiness?  Do we seek the Lord’s way? Do we think about God’s place in our own lives?

Fasting helps us to become more aware of the presence of God.  When we give up something for a greater good and a greater purpose, it is easier to see what God wants from us.  It is easier to look around us and to see what God gives us.  By fasting, you open our eyes to God.

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