Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ash Wednesday marked the official start of the Lenten season.
Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday, makes up the most venerated days in the Christian Calendar. Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of the Lenten season when Christians are asked to prepare for the resurrection of Jesus Christ through repentance, prayer, atonement and self-denial. It has become common for many Christians to sacrifice one vice they have during the Christian liturgical season. So, what are you giving up this Lent? Really addicting reality TV? Chocolate? Alcohol? Words with Friends? Or, have you decided to give up an inner bad habit, such as negativity or jealousy? Tell us what you are abstaining from in the comments.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A weekly column by the pastor of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown.
Try as I might, I find it hard to plan for events and programs long in advance. Every time someone tells me, “We have to meet to talk about ...” and the event is several months in the future, it seems silly to me that we are planning today for something so far ahead! One would think I would learn after all these years that several months away is really around the corner, and little happens well if it is not planned well. So to my surprise, we find ourselves on the eve of the Lenten season! On Wednesday, Feb. 13, these holy days begin with the distribution of ashes. We are called to remember our mortality, and this sobering recollection can well place us ready to look to the holy season ahead in a beneficial way. Life is fragile, …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Chocolate. Meat. Facebook. For some Christians, it's the season where luxuries have got to go. Are you changing your habits until Easter hits?
Fat Tuesday is over, which for some means the end of decadence and a renewed focus on the necessities in life. Christians of many denominations participate, and anecdotal evidence suggests that some of the most popular choices for a Lenten sacrifices include chocolate and other sweets. Others also give up tobacco, alcohol, and fried foods. The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston also encourages folks to give up their time to charities and causes, saying that doing so is especially commendable during Lent. If you're looking for an organization to give your time to, check out our directory listing of charitable and civic organizations in Charlestown. For those of you giving up meat, Patch has plenty of Lenten recipes from around the country…