Basilica of St. Josaphat; Milwaukee by Ron Traeger

This is the rosary I got from my mother on the day of my First Communion and Confirmation. This Rosary went years just sitting in a little jewelry box, but I’m happy to say that it’s getting used regularly these days :) I love how ornate and beautiful the Crucifix is, and I love having an image of my Confirmation Saint right there when I pray. Having a devotion to saying the Rosary will change your life, I’m tellin’ ya. If you’re considering trying to say a daily Rosary during lent, Do it. You won’t regret it. Saint Therese, Pray for us!


Fr. Nageeb Michael, O.P., a Dominican friar and native of Iraq offers his thoughts on the beauty of praying in the language of his homeland. He then prays the Our Father and Hail Mary in Aramaic.


This is my grandpa, Antonio Diaz. This year on April 14th he turns 77 years old. This past month he has suffered several strokes and open heart surgery. A surgery they had no hope of him surviving. He’s diabetic. He’s lost his big toes. He’s mean and demanding. He has expectations for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He’s lost over 200 acres of Mexican land to a shady bank over fifty years ago. He worked in the California fields. He Marched with Cesar Chavez. He married the most beautiful girl in his city – even though they had no love - nor time for it. He has outlasted many of his 10 siblings. He sits in the waiting room long after they’ve passed.  He accepts his multicultural grandchildren – even though he was raised racist and classist. He’s toiled as a mechanic, a sheet metal worker. He bought his own restaurant and ran it for over a decade and gave it up so that he could help more of his family come over from Mexico.  This is my grandpa Antonio Diaz, the same man that was drafted for the Las Angeles Angels and never showed up for the first pitch, because his wife was in labor. The same man that walked away from being a professional  wrestler so that he could work two jobs and help his mother out and support his own family.

This is not an obituary, this is a biography. He’s not just my grandpa. He’s my Hero. He’s my inspiration. I work multiple jobs and push myself beyond limits because he had a dream that one of his descendants would buy back the land he was tricked out of. Because he believes that one of us will make the Diaz family grand again. He won’t be disappointed.  Not all of his dreams have to die. Nor will they.

Living the Golden Rule

Lent relentlessly moves on and shows us who we are, our true identity as Christians, what it means to be a Christian. “Blessed are the poor; blessed are the merciful; blessed are those who hunger for justice….“ We recite the Beatitudes and each of them makes us move a little further away from the sea of God’s mercy, because each demands all of us….

The mercy that we must give to others includes that of standing up for the poor, the lonely, those who have no education and cannot stand up for themselves. It means to engage in what we call social justice on behalf of our brother. That involves opening ourselves to being pushed around and crucified. This always happens to those who stand up for others….

Are we going to allow Lent to give us this immense gift of the Holy Spirit called fortitude? It is a gift that is little spoken of and is neglected. Fortitude is courage, the courage of our convictions. Christ said, “Who is not with me is against me.“

Lent is here to remind us that the mercy of God is ours provided we embrace his law of love; provided we realize that it’s going to hurt, and hurt plenty, but that the very hurting will be a healing. That is the paradox of God, that while you hurt, you heal. That’s true healing.

The sea of his mercy is open before us. Lent definitely and inexorably leads us to it and makes us think about what it takes to swim in it. Lent also reminds us that each of our hearts can be a sea of mercy and forgiveness to others. This is a very great shortcut to God’s heart.

–Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty


Sr. Trazia praying the Our Father and Hail Mary in Chaldean.

The Hail Mary starts at :45 seconds

To anyone law inclined:

Is it legal for a public school to punish its students for missing school/music concerts/athletic events due to religious obligations?

My younger sibling and some of my students are running into this at their high school and I would like to know if this is a violation of their rights or not. I’ve researched it a bit but haven’t been able to find anything definitive.

So, is it legal?
Clean Monday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The common term for this day, "Clean Monday", refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. It is sometimes called "Ash Monday", by analogy with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches begin Lent). The Maronite Catholic Church and The Mar Thoma Nasranis of India -Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are notable amongst the Eastern rite that employs the use of ashes on this day.

Started Lent a little bit early …