An Uncommon, Extraordinary “Sanctus” Lent at St. Mark, like in many parishes, is a season of greater liturgical simplicity. The decor of the church is subdued, largely devoid of any color but purple. The greenery behind the altar and crucifix has been replaced by bare branches, and there are no flowers in the church. Music during Lent often consists…

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer Some of my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ may not be familiar with the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who wrote the Christian classic “The Cost of Discipleship”, and who was martyred by the “thousand year Reich” just days before it fell….

I had started a blog post back months and months ago when my son first discovered his toes. He was just looking around, taking it all in, when lo and behold out of nowhere appeared his toes! The sequence of facial expressions that followed was so much fun to watch. It was like he was…