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February 19, 2018

“And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And immediately the Spirit drove him out into the desert. And he was in the desert forty days and forty nights, and was tempted by Satan; and he was with beasts, and the angels ministered to him.” (Mark 1:11-13)

We hope you enjoy this week’s featured articles.

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Featured Articles for February 12, 2018 – February 18, 2018

Why Do Catholics Abstain from Meat on Fridays and Fast?

by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff

« Would you like to know the secret to a better, deeper, more joyful life in Christ? Of course you would. We all would. Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The ‘secret’ we all look for is really no secret at all. » Deacon Mike Bickerstaff shares the « secret » in today’s featured post…and the answer may surprise you. (Read more…)

Lent, Noah and Baptism

by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

« In today’s fuzzy moral landscape, it is quite unpopular to even speak of sin, never mind condemn it. It’s even more politically incorrect to talk about God taking stern action against sin and those who promote it. » This excellent article on Noah’s Ark, Lent, and baptism is offered by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio as a reflection on the readings for the First Sunday in Lent. (Read more…)

What a flooded creek reminded me about the Church

by Joannie Watson

« That is what has the power to change the world. With the ancient practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we are giving our work, our prayers, our lives back to God and allowing Him to work through us. Only He can change our lives, our families, and our world. But He wants to do it through us. And He wants us to do it together, as Church. » Joannie Watson shares an interesting and inspiring analogy that describes our opportunity to go deeper with our faith and make a difference in the world. (Read more…)

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Fighting Our Own Indifference

by Randy Hain

« What could be said about resisting an indifferent attitude towards our Catholic faith would fill several volumes and much more needs to be written and discussed on this subject. My goal is simply to grab your attention, if only for a few minutes, and tell you we are in trouble if we don’t step up in defense of Mother Church. » Author Randy Hain offers a stirring wake up call that is so appropriate at the beginning of Lent. Please read, comment and share. (Read more…)

Practical Lessons for a Deeper Faith this Lent

by Deacon Michael Bickerstaff

« Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our observance of the penitential season of Lent. What better time to turn away from our dependency on the world and towards a life of trust and hope in the Lord! » Deacon Mike Bickerstaff offers an excellent post to help us go deeper with our Catholic faith this Lent. Please read and share. (Read more…)

When You Feel Like You’re in Exile?

by Jeannie Ewing

« Sometimes God sends us away from what is familiar and comfortable in order to stretch us. If we are to become new creations, if we are to give Him our ‘yes’ every day so that we can become something more, something better, then we have to be willing to let go of what we understand and see clearly. » Excellent new post from author Jeannie Ewing featured on ICL today. (Read more…)

Forty Ideas for Your Lent

by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

« Lent is supposed to be a season of a successful journey through the desert of penance to a new land and a new, deeper, intimacy with God. But often, we find ourselves going back to the same old Lenten pathways of past years and end up getting nowhere. » Are you looking for helpful ideas to make this an amazing Lent? Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio offers 40 helpful ideas to make sure this is a great Lent for you and your family. (Read more…)

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