The Real Celebration of Love

You might think I’m crazy, but I think we should look at Lent in the same way that a lot of people look at St. Valentines’ Day.

Yep…you heard me.

In fact, I find it quite apropos that in most years, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the “ominous” shadow of Lent.

Why? Because all the flowers and chocolates are symbols of exactly what Lent is all about – self-giving.

Our gifts to each other are evidence of love. To put it in heavier terms, they’re external actions that signify an interior reality. We physically demonstrate our love through gifts.

And that’s the heart of Lent.

But instead of giving Godiva and roses, we’re giving ourselves, which is exactly what we’re called to do.

“Greater love has no man than this,” says Christ, “that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

The penances we’ll undertake in just a few, short days aren’t meant to be drudgery. They’re meant to be sacrificial actions driven by love. “Love is the soul of sacrifice,” says Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

So when you really think about it, Lent is way more of a celebration of love than Valentines Day, or any other human holiday.

Because through it, we sacrificially demonstrate love to Our Lord, who out of incredible love did exactly the same thing for us on the Cross.

It’s all just something to keep in mind as you’re ponding possible penances this year.

God bless!

Matthew

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097: Consecration to St. Joseph: Crazy or Crucial?

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It’s quite possible you (or others you know) have made a total consecration to Our Lady. (I’ve done it twice.)

But St. Joseph? Really?

Yep…at least according to my guest, Fr. Don Calloway, vicar provincial of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

In fact, Fr. Calloway calls this the “time of St. Joseph.” And after this extraordinary conversation, I totally agree with him!

I’ve had a devotion to St. Joseph for years, but now I see him in a totally different light…and you will, too.

Join us as Fr. Don and I discuss, among other things:

  • Why consecration to St. Joseph is powerful even if you’re already consecrated to Mary
  • Why the idea of consecration to St. Joseph took time to get traction
  • Why St. Joseph is known as the “Terror of Demons”
  • Debunking the idea St. Joseph was an old man
  • Whether “Foster Father of Jesus” is an appropriate title
  • Why St. Joseph is the “Patron of the Dying” (including some very cool scriptural insights)

This was an extremely fun and informative conversation and you’re going to love it!

Matthew

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