Begin again

woman reads book on beach

For my family and me, and most likely you, Christmas looked a lot different this year.

Fasting from sin — the never-ending Lenten challenge

apple in hand

In the beginning, fasting was no big deal — or at least it shouldn't have been.

This Lent, risk prayer

man at prayer

In college, I made Bluto Blutarsky from "Animal House" look like a choir boy.

Them's fighting words!

couple fighting

When Father Angelo Bianchi, a wonderful Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions missionary, married my wife and me, he gave us some bad advice.

Ashes mark beginning, not end, of new life, says theologian

Fr Pedro Martinez blesses the ashes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ash Wednesday and Lent are a time to recall that new life emerges from the ashes and that spring blossoms from the bleakness of winter, said a noted Italian theologian.