The Compatibility of Lent and Love

The Compatibility of Lent and Love

Since Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this year, many Catholics were wondering if the Church would give dispensation from the rigors of this Holy Day. No such dispensation was given, because Ash Wednesday takes precedence over Valentine's Day.  Ash Wednesday inaugurates Lent, which is the liturgical period in the Church when [...]

What’s With All the Legality in The Church?

What’s With All the Legality in The Church?

I have to be honest: I’ve never really had a problem with the Church guiding me right from wrong.  Maybe that is characteristic of a true cradle-catholic, or perhaps it’s because, from a young age, my father taught me that the Church was something to be trusted, not feared.  Whatever the reason, I never questioned [...]