Mary, model of faith and vocation

statue of St. Mary

Early in my journey of faith, I pondered, like many Catholics and non-Catholics alike, why do we honor Mary? Why do we call her our Mother? Why does the Church hold Mary up as the model of our faith? 

The Campaign of Lent

Palm cross

The Collect for the Liturgy of Ash Wednesday, the day which marks the beginning of our 40 days of preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, calls Lent a “campaign.”

Built on hope

mask and confetti

While serving at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict, Louisiana, I was introduced to living in the midst of Carnival, which extends from the day after Epiphany until Ash Wednesday (Jan. 7 – Feb. 16, 2021).