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The Value of Adversity(0)

February 15, 2018

It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things […]

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What to Give Up for Lent 2018? Consider Twitter’s Top 100 Ideas

Christianity Today: Once again, you can follow in real time what Twitter users say they are giving up for Lent, which this year begins Wednesday, February 14. Last year, food items were three times as popular to abstain from as technology items or personal habits, according to 73,334 tweets analyzed by OpenBible.info’s Stephen Smith during […]


Here’s why Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent

And why fish is on the menu instead You know you are in a Catholic town when, only during Lent, every single restaurant advertises one item on their menu: fish! I have even noticed how major fast-food chains point out on their fliers the date of Ash Wednesday! Suddenly everyone cares about the liturgical seasons of the Church! […]


Getting rid of Idols

What idols are in your life? Do you recognize them all? Here, we can all use an “illumination.” For idols are many — and very sneaky, as well as entrenched: seemingly normal. Very often, we justify them. There are idols of self: ego, vanity, selfishness. (Do you put your interests above those of others — in ways large […]


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