Category: Faith Journey

Rituals and traditions rooted in Jesus Christ

ORLANDO  |  Several years ago, my Protestant grandparents asked to attend a Holy Week service. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of our Catholic faith as well as expose them to the richness of our tradition. I decided to give them the works. So, we attended the Palm Sunday liturgy with Bishop… Read more »

Ash Wednesday: Making the Lenten journey as a family

Incorporating children into our Lenten journey can be difficult for parents. I know it was for me, until one year, when I was at a loss, I decided to ask my sons what they wanted to do for Lent. Talking to my kids about prayer, almsgiving and fasting opened up great discussion. I found new… Read more »

Soup dinner and no dessert? Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday-style

WASHINGTON | Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The two days, steeped in tradition, don’t have too much in common beyond their religious roots. Valentine’s Day, named after St. Valentine, a third-century martyr, is all about romance with its emphasis on… Read more »

Prisoner works to ‘be the example’

Spared the death penalty, inmate seeks to serve as servant of God and in memory of his victims INDIANTOWN | Dressed in laundry-worn prison blues, Earl J. Hinson doesn’t stand out among fellow prisoners of Martin Correctional Institution. Thin and unassuming, his prison-issued light jacket looks a tad big on his 5-foot-7-inch frame. Yet, as… Read more »