Author: asiel

Don’t Like Quiet? Get Over it for Lent

Prayer, one of the three pillars of Lenten discipline, along with fasting and almsgiving, seems to get the biggest boost during Lent. Spiritual leaders note that Catholics are most likely praying already and that...

Pope Furthers Sainthood Causes of 8 People

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of two medical doctors and six religious—many of whom died just a generation ago. The pope recognised the martyrdom of Salesian Father Titus Zeman, who secretly shuttled Salesians...

Mother Church Does Not Choose Favourites

By Joel Davidson, editor, Catholic Anchor, Anchorage, Alaska. – When our nation’s political and cultural divisions strain goodwill and basic charity toward others, it may be helpful to turn our attention to an institution that...

Lent: Ok, What’s Almsgiving?

Although the word almsgiving does not come up much in regular conversation, Catholics hear it plenty during Lent since it is one of the three pillars of the church’s Lenten practices along with prayer...

Fasting: Lent’s Heavy Artillery

There is no getting around fasting during Lent. Not only is it one of the three pillars of spiritual practice along with prayer and almsgiving, but it also bookends the period of preparation for...