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The Magi and the gifts of …. Lent?

"Adoration of the Magi" (detail) by Sébastien Bourdon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What shall we give him?  I have always been intrigued by the magi.  Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did they think when they found the Holy […]

The Challenge of Almsgiving

Every year when Lent rolls around, we hear our three-fold calling for the next forty days: to pray, fast, and give alms.  The Gospel for Ash Wednesday is always from Matthew 6, when Christ reminds us of the proper disposition and intention for when — not if — we do these things.  Generally, I’m pretty okay with praying and fasting.  […]