Almsgiving: the Third Pillar of Lent

Almsgiving as a Pillar of LentI feel like almsgiving, or giving alms, is one of the most often forgotten pillar of Lent. Like I mentioned in last week’s fasting post, it seems like we’re more preoccupied by what we’re giving up for Lent. Almsgiving requires us to look outside ourselves and give to others. TheContinue reading “Almsgiving: the Third Pillar of Lent”

With the Woman at the Well

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The Woman at the Well is one of my favorite Gospel passages. It’s close to my heart, and it has a lot of wisdom in it. Jesus uses the image of living water in His longest recorded conversation in the Bible, and it’s with aContinue reading “With the Woman at the Well”

A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years

23 Years Later…Today I turned 23 years old, and needless to say, I’ve grown and changed a lot from when I was born. I love to look back on the plans that 3-year-old Madeline dreamed up versus where I am in life now. I spent my days playing dress-up and making crafts. I thought IContinue reading “A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years”

Fasting: the Second Pillar of Lent

Fasting as a Pillar of LentIf one of the pillars of Lent was the most widely practiced, I assume that it would be fasting. I always hear people ask, “What are you giving up for Lent?” but I rarely hear people ask, “What are you praying this Lent?” or “How are you giving alms thisContinue reading “Fasting: the Second Pillar of Lent”

Encountering the Glory of Jesus

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The Transfiguration is one of my favorite Gospel readings. I love that Jesus gave Peter, James, and John, the same disciples who would accompany Him in His agony, the gift of witnessing His glory. Every time I hear this reading, I think of how awesomeContinue reading “Encountering the Glory of Jesus”

Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent

What are the three pillars of Lent?Around Lent, I love to talk about the three pillars of Lent for a few reasons. I never knew about them until I was in college. Fr. Adam would give talks about Lent whenever the season started, and he always stressed the three pillars of Lent, which are prayer,Continue reading “Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent”

What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I remember hearing this Gospel reading when I was little, and I always compared the season of Lent to being in the desert. Jesus intentionally took time to pray and fast in the desert, and since we’re called to be like Him, we spend aContinue reading “What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I love seeing how the different Mass readings connect. In the first reading, we see how lepers were exiled from their community. They would live isolated from everyone else, and when they were around others, they would make sure everyone knew they had leprosy byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021”

A Radiant Love Story

I have found the one who my soul loves. Song of Songs 3:4 A Deep Desire of my HeartFor as long as I can remember, I wanted to get married. When I was little, I would play dress-up as a bride. As I grew up, I mused over the romantic ways that my future husbandContinue reading “A Radiant Love Story”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! How often do we thank God and praise Him for answering our prayers or for working in our lives? When we do, what’s the turnaround time? Do we praise Him right away, or do we delay? This Sunday’s Gospel reading gives us an example ofContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021”