My thoughts and reflections on my Catholic Faith, Fulton Sheen, the problem of suffering, and books

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hello again

Hello, my faithful readers. It's your not-so-faithful blogger.

It's been a while; how have y'all been?

The past few months have been difficult; lots of hard things going on in friends' lives, and a few rough things in my own...hence the silence. (Sometimes I forget I have a blog.) I'm currently in the process of re-vamping the blog and deleting some posts--although it seems impossible to permanently delete anything from the Internet. I'm not going to make any promises about future blog posts, but hopefully I'll crank more out in the near future.

How's Lent going for y'all? I've been doing a Bible study, called Above All, published by the new ministry Take Up and Read. It's beautiful; it's deep; it's soul-searching; it's difficult--but Lent isn't supposed to be easy; it's supposed to be hard, it's supposed to make us dig deep. During Lent, we're supposed to struggle with topics such as forgiveness, self-denial, prayer.

It's time for me to repeat a timeless quote from my dear Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
It is quite a wrong thing, therefore, to say that you “give up” something during Lent. Our Lord never asked us to give up anything; He asked us to exchange: “What exchange shall a man give for his soul?” When someone is in love with God, he finds that there are somethings (sic) he can get along without (his own pleasure), and something else he cannot get along without, namely, the peace of soul that comes from obeying God’s Will. So he exchanges the one for the other, surrenders the lesser good to gain a Kingdom. He makes such a series of profitable exchanges every day he lives.  (Peace of Soul, 194)
The purpose of Lent is not to give up chocolate or Facebook or swearing; the purpose of Lent is to grow closer to Christ. If exchanging those things for self-denial and a clean tongue bring us closer to Christ--good.

There are three weeks left until Easter. Make them count.


  1. Welcome back, and I like the Ven. Sheen quote about Lent-- do you have any other favorite Lenten quotes of his?

    1. Yes. I'll put some up on the blog later today. :-)