What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

“What are you giving up for Lent?” I suspect we have all heard this question many times. We have probably even asked it of another or ourselves. Unfortunately, it seems this one question often sets the tone for the season of Lent. The Ash Wednesday liturgy calls us to observe a Holy Lent, in part, through fasting and self-denial. So the question is very relevant. … Continue reading What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Feast of the Transfiguration – Listen

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was … Continue reading Feast of the Transfiguration – Listen

Strengthening our Life in the Church

Our spiritual health and growth, like our physical health and growth, depend on daily exercise. The church often refers to this exercise as ascesis. Ascesis involves commitment, practice, and the remembrance of what is important. True ascesis becomes a way of daily life. Without exercise we become weak and our spirit atrophies. How can we strengthen our life in the church? The direction of a … Continue reading Strengthening our Life in the Church

The Freedom of Self-Denial

One of the traditional Lenten practices is self-denial. Often this leaves us asking the question, “What should I give up for Lent?” The answers vary – candy, bread, wine, shopping, blogging…. We endure for God’s sake forty days of self-denial. We give up some ordinary thing or activity and with the celebration of Easter we reward ourselves with whatever thing or activity we had given … Continue reading The Freedom of Self-Denial