“No Easter Without Lent”

by Ed Harpring

This year, with our unusually warm weather, we have been prematurely catapulted forward into spring. As much as I am enjoying the early warm weather, I almost feel like I am getting my dessert before dinner. In other words, I feel a little guilty, that I haven’t properly journeyed through the cold winter’s days to earn the joy of springtime. A famous quote that leads us to the same place is “Remember, there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion; No Easter Sunday without Good Friday; No empty tomb without the Cross.”

40-days-for-lifeSo, as much as my weak human constitution would like to, we can’t just skip over Lent and fast forward ourselves to Easter Sunday. In general terms, most of us think of Lent as the preparation for Easter, the highest Feast Days in our Catholic faith, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

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“New Baby . . . New Beginnings”

by Martine Bacci-Siegel

Becoming a new parent presents many challenges for couples, but can be managed with an extra dose of patience and understanding. Kathy English with “Today’s Parent” takes a look at some hurdles facing new parents today. . . .

Hurdle #1: No time for “us”

Mother Cuddling Newborn Baby In Bed At Home

About two months after becoming a first-time mom to Jonah, now 16 months, Julie Grier realized she was lonely for her best friend — her husband, Jason. “I remember being at my new moms’ group and getting all choked up as I told the other moms, ‘I just miss my husband,’” says the Burlington, Ont., makeup artist. “I slept beside him every day, but I felt like I hardly knew him anymore.” Continue reading ““New Baby . . . New Beginnings””

“From Grief to an Experience of New Life”

by Michelle Herberger

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light,
so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.
Meister Eckhart

March signals the beginning of Spring, a time of rebirth and new beginnings. However, for those who are grieving, new life can seem unreachable, even impossible.british-gardens

Perhaps the grief is around the death of a loved one or the death of a marriage. The more one is invested in or committed to someone or something, the greater the experience of loss. The grief that comes from loss can feel all consuming. Continue reading ““From Grief to an Experience of New Life””

“The Call”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling

Believe it or not, one of the greatest moments in my life is the time I once encountered a group of angels. fa52f891ddca55efd762209646fba3b3

Some time back, I happened to turn the channel to PBS (which I rarely watch) and there, with melodic voices filling my ears, I saw five honest-to-goodness angels.

That is indeed the ONLY thing that they could have been, I thought, for nothing but angels could sing with the resounding power and beauty of these women.

It turns out I was watching a concert performance by a group called Celtic Woman which had been recorded outdoors at the Powerscourt Estate and Garden in Ireland; a magnificent rolling county estate where these five women and an enormous orchestra filled the Irish countryside with magnificent music on one special evening back in 2009.

voa-fb-851x31521Ironically enough, their 2017 world tour is entitled Voices of Angels . . . something that I can very much attest is aptly named.

I became a fan of their music that very night and have followed them ever since, but in particular it was the opening song during that first concert I saw there at Powerscourt which has sparked my imagination . . . and haunted my mind ever since I first heard it.

It is entitled, quite simply, “The Call.” and I have embedded the video here below . . .I encourage you to view it before continuing and experience with me one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever felt:

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