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Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your... Read More

Why are Saints Sometimes Pictured with Skulls?

Why are saints sometimes pictured with skulls?   Does that mean they are preoccupied with death? There sure seems to be an awful lot of that in old art. God bless you and your ministry. Yes, indeed, skulls make frequent appearances in Christian art, even today. I can understand your question about this practice; because, putting skulls everywhere can seem kind of morbid – especially... Read More

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday   Presence of God – I place myself in Your presence, O Lord; illumine with Your light the eternal truths, and awaken in my soul a sincere desire for conversion. MEDITATION: “Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19). These words, spoken for the first time by God to Adam after he had committed sin, are repeated today by the Church to every Christian,... Read More

Preparation for Death: Gone to Eternity

Preparation for Death Editor's Note: Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten reflection series: “Preparation for Death”, written by St. Alphonsus M. Liguori and originally published in 1758. That means it contains some dated references. Nevertheless, its teaching is sound. This series is a very sobering set of reflections geared toward conversion of heart and offered for your Lenten contemplation.... Read More

Ash Wednesday Fasting and Church Teaching

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

Every year a bunch of questions come up concerning Lent and the details of the laws governing it. Sometimes these rules are misstated or not clearly stated in various places on the web, so let’s look at what the Church’s official documents say regarding the practice of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday. Before we do that, though, let me offer a few notes of caution: 1) The Church’s laws regarding... Read More