Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Celebrated by Catholic monasteries throughout the world and at many parishes, Tenebrae, which means “darkness” in Latin, focuses our attention on the sufferings and death of Our Saviour.  It takes place during the three days preceding Easter Day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday—with special psalms and ceremonies during  Matins and Lauds (the first two…

How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week

How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week

CNA, Catholic Catechism—A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and all the saints to remove the temporal punishment due to sin. The indulgence applies to sins already forgiven. A plenary indulgence cleanses the soul as if the person had just been baptized. A plenary…

Lent and The Sacrament of Mercy

Lent and The Sacrament of Mercy

I am ready for Lent this year. Please don’t misunderstand me. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Something within always resists Ash Wednesday’s sober call to repentance and a reorientation of my life. But, after facing the challenges of the pandemic this year, I admit that business as usual has not been…

Coronavirus – Be Not Afraid – With God All Things Are Possible

Coronavirus – Be Not Afraid – With God All Things Are Possible

I could never have fathomed all the things that have happened in our country during March 2020. I must admit that particularly over the last two weeks, I have been in somewhat of a “funk” because of the Coronavirus pandemic and all the uncertainty surrounding it. The news cycles on TV have been bad for…

Utah school apologizes after student forced to remove Lenten ashes

Utah school apologizes after student forced to remove Lenten ashes

CNA—A school district in Utah has issued an apology after a fourth-grade student was told by a teacher that he must remove the cross from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. William McLeod, a student at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, arrived at school with ashes on his forehead in the shape of a…