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The Enemy & The Self: Lent, Strategy, and Warfare

So there I was, on my second deployment to the Middle East, and this time I worked at the United States Air Forces Central forward headquarters.  Everywhere I turned and traveled, I saw resources dedicated to living out Sun Tzu’s famous adage, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”  Why...

02 21 2018

Keep Your Chocolate this Lent. Give Up Your Heart.

“What are you giving up for Lent?”  We are often asked this question by fellow Catholics as the Lenten season approaches.  In response, many of us are tempted to hang our heads in shame, as we experience a rush of “Catholic guilt” come over us.  “Oh no!”, we think, “Lent is less than a week out and I haven’t decided what to ...

02 07 2018

Consider a Daily Fast for Lent

Lent began originally as an intense preparation of prayer and fasting preceding baptism at the Easter Vigil. Eventually the entire Church joined in this period of preparation, renewing one’s baptismal vows and expressing the need for constant conversion. If you want to know what Lent was like originally, ironically we can look to Ramadan, ...

02 05 2018

The Vegetable Garden and Lent

You are not an angel.  You are also not a demon.  Along with such groundbreaking facts, I’d note that you are also not a beast or a tree.  Let me explain… You have a body, which is why you are not an angel or demon – both of which are pure spirit.  You also have a rational soul, which is why you are not a beast or a tree.  As a human ...

03 02 2017

Resist the Temptation to “Come Down from the Cross”

In the time of Easter there is a temptation to leave all the fruits of Lent behind, growing lax and celebrating too heartily. It is important, therefore, to ask: what is the continuity between Lent and Easter? One essential link that I would like to explore is that the Resurrection, the triumph and transformation of our lives, is only possible afte...

04 06 2016

Suffering as a Path of Love

Lent begins early this year. We traditionally continue to celebrate Christmas by singing hymns in honor of the Nativity until the Feast of the Presentation (Purification of Mary) on February 2nd. Ash Wednesday follows a week and a day later. It makes me reflect on this short period of Ordinary Time in between our Lord’s Baptism and Lent. Is it li...

02 04 2016

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