Life Changes from Lent and Coronavirus: What TJP Readers Are Doing

Published Mar 16, 2020 in Current Events, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

Both the season of Lent and the current coronavirus crisis are desert experiences. Just as we adapt new practices during Lent, we are experiencing radical changes in our lives with the spread of COVID-19. Last month, we reached out to TJP readers about how they are praying, fasting, and giving alms this year. Many of you responded. Read the responses, along with the graces that readers are receiving. You’ll find that these words echo even stronger amid the uncertainty and anxiety of the current crisis.

On Ash Wednesday I Am Reminded Why Church is a Safe Space for the Everyday Sinner, Like Me

Published Feb 26, 2020 in Blogs, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

There is something I find at Mass on Ash Wednesday that I don’t find elsewhere. Nowhere besides here do I step in line with old ladies in purple sweaters, fellow students, elderly widows, the nuns, the homeless, the workers on lunch hour, the priests, and the University president to face our shame, imperfections, and our transgressions, together.

This Is Why I Dare to Pray

Published Jan 15, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 2 mins

In the last year, a small phrase from the Mass I’d not previously paid much attention to, I learned to love. It is the preface to the Our Father when the priest says, “At the savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say…”