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Imitate God’s Generosity – Gregory Nazianzen

This excellent reflection on one of the three pillars of Lenten penance, almsgiving or generosity, is an excerpt from a sermon on the love of poverty by Saint Gregory of Nazianzen. It is also a very clear statement on stewardship -- that we are stewards,...

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Fasting: its Value and Limitations – Podcast

In this 14 minute episode from the Sonrise Morning Show, host Anna Mitchell interviews Dr. Italy about how fasting fits into the Christian life in general and into Lenten penance in particular."What are you giving up for Lent?" Lenten Fasting Fasting is what most people first think...

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Fresh Ways for the 40 Days – A New Lenten Approach – Podcast

This 5 minute podcast from the Sonrise Morning Show discusses Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio’s book, 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look on Lent.  The conversation between the author and Matt Swaim explores how this resource can give us a fresh perspective and new practical suggestions...

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Peter, the Keys, and the Chair – Leo the Great

Leo the Great on the famous passage from Matthew 16 in which Jesus gives Cephas the new name of Peter, meaning rock, along with the keys to the kingdom of heaven. It is read each year on the Feast of the Chair of...

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Overcoming Temptation in Christ – Augustine

Augustine, reflecting on how the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness for forty days, points out that it is only by means of overcoming trials and temptations that we progress in the spiritual life and grow in holiness....

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A New Look at the 40 Days of Lent – video

Dr. Italy shares highlights of his book - 40 Days, 40 Ways - A new Look at Lent.  This is an abbreviated version, for global Catholic television, of a talk he frequently gives during Lenten Missions in the Lenten Season....

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New creation, New Dignity – Leo the Great

Leo the Great here emphasizes that the Incarnation, the mystery of God becoming man, changes everything.  Human dignity is now vastly elevated, requiring us to live in a new way, with a new relationship to the visible things of this beautiful but passing world....

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Palm Sunday, COVID-19, and the Victory of Humility

Palm Sunday in most Christian Churches involves the distribution of palms and a commemoration of Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem amidst shouts of Hosanna. But what is the meaning of his decision to ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey? It has...