St. John Paul the Great wrote in his encyclical Orientale Lumen that the witness of nuns "...has offered an example of giving full value in the Church to what is specifically feminine, even breaking through the mentality of the time...The nun's charism, with its own specific characteristics, is a visible sign of that motherhood of God to which Sacred Scripture often refers." This spiritual motherhood is the specific ministry of the nun in addition to the monastic works descri
During this time of Lent, we are striving to become perfect Christians. If you are looking for role models for your children, introduce them to the monastics, the great athletes of the Spirit. They practice daily and all year long what we strive to just get a taste of during our Lenten exercises. Here is a synopsis of descriptions of the monastic life by authors quoted below: By struggling to transform his passions into virtues, the monk strives to approach the incorporeal b
In this post, I have selected books about the great devotions of the Roman Catholic Church: The Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, all of which will greatly invigorate your family's Lenten workout. The Stations of the Cross for Children, a brand new book by Jerry J. Windley -Daouts, beautifully illustrated by Vicky Shuck, makes the Stations accessible to young children. The Stations contained in the book are from the "New
Lent, the Great Fast, as we call it in the Eastern Churches, prepares us for the greatest of Catholic feasts, Easter, the Resurrection of Our Lord. In our Byzantine Catholic liturgical cycle we prepare for the Great Fast with five pre-lenten Sundays. Zacchaeus Sunday is the first. This year, our priest exhorted us in his homily to ascend above the problems of the world during the Lenten season. We should climb a tree to meet Our Lord as did Zacchaeus, the short tax collector.
Lent is almost upon us. It is time to practice ASCETICISM.The word originates in ancient Greece and was used in athletics. It means "exercise, training". How appropriate! During the season of Lent, we train and exercise our spiritual muscle, so to say. Young athletes work hard to win a gold medal. They make sacrifices such as abstaining from eating unhealthy foods. They spend most of their time training rather than going to movies, parties or hanging out on social media. The