Into the Desert of Lent with Our Lord, and St. Joseph

I can imagine few places and few cultures where the transformation from Ordinary Time to Lent is as dramatic as in South Louisiana, for the latter part of Ordinary coincides with the season of Carnival. From Epiphany (January 6) until Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday, i.e., the day prior to Ash Wednesday), much of the population … Read more

Fast like a Man

Fasting is hard. I like to eat and I don’t like to feel hungry. Most people out there can’t fathom why people would fast. I was talking to someone the other day about fasting, and he couldn’t get over the idea of intentionally denying oneself of instant satisfaction. His mindset reflects the larger problem of what we’ve … Read more