Master Self-Discipline in 40 Days

Master self-discipline in 40 days? Well, mastery is a tall order, and to be realistic, mastery generally takes a lifetime, not 40 days. So perhaps a better title would be “Introduction to Self-Discipline in 40 Days.” But every master has his starting point, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a starting point in … Read more

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

Top 10 Manly Penances for Lent

Alas, Lent is drawing near (and I confess, if you’re like me, you usually find yourself on Ash Wednesday with absolutely no idea how you’re going to make this Lent matter). So here’s a list of 10 great Manly penances to think about doing as you take this moment to prepare for Lent and look forward … Read more

Have a Pint in Lent – It’s Saint Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick, the Irish, and Lent are all to thank for popularized celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day (which is very much secularized, but undeniably Catholic in tradition). It is nice to know that the world wholeheartedly embraces this Catholic tradition, which just goes to show that the Catholic roots of the Western World cannot be denied. … Read more