Not Your Average Fast: Some Non-Traditional Methods of Religious Fasting

"I have learned that, in order to truly fast for religious reasons, the key is to be intentional! It doesn't matter if you give one thing up for forty days, or perform various small acts of penitential fasting every day, changing things up a bit according to what's going on in your life." If you are looking for some alternatives to the traditional fasting for religious reasons, you do not want to miss out on the suggestions contained within this post! How do you fast on a regular basis?

Questioning How Instead of Why

"As I slowly began to acknowledge His will be done, I also began realizing it is through His desires that He will help me. If I am willing to accept His will, and if I am willing to allow Him to equip me. If I am willing to be open to His guidance." We all struggle at times with a "why" when it comes to God's will. In today's piece, I encourage us all to reframe those moments, based on my current struggle, to seek a "how" to best live His will for our lives. How can we each allow Him to lead us Home?

Entering into the Tomb

"Then, we will be sent home.  And, I encourage all of my readers to take time, beginning Good Friday, to truly enter the tomb with Christ... Imagine the darkness. Imagine the cold which would settle over the concrete slab." This week is Holy Week. Let us take the time to grieve with the disciples, centuries later, and also form a plan - to be more faithful disciples in the days ahead, than perhaps we have previously been...

To Veil or Not to Veil…: Part II

"Lent is usually a typical time in which Catholics assess adding to their prayer life, or giving something up (fasting), or doing some act of love to another (almsgiving). Perhaps somebody out there is considering veiling as a devotion - but, are too worried about standing out, or their kids not being old enough to leave the veil alone, or just still deeply praying about this particular devotion. It is for that woman that I wrote and updated my reasons for veiling. I wanted to give another perspective of this still-misunderstood devotion." I've realized how remiss I have been in updating followers on the devotion of veiling - and, how it helps me participate more fully during Mass. Do you have a special devotion? I'd love to hear about it!

More thoughts on Ardent Charity: How Mary’s Example Sets the Tone for Today’s Application

"However, in the midst of thoughts on the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, our chaplain remarked on something which has stuck with me. He stated, 'Almsgiving is, simply...'" Today's piece is a review of a previously published piece - simply because the chaplain's homily forced me to go back and contemplate the greatest theological virtue. How will you focus on almsgiving in light of this information, during Lent 2018?