A Cold, Dead Heart and a Cold-Blooded Icon

I am not an emotional person.  In fact, I think I am best described as having a cold, dead heart.  A heart of stone would also be apt.  I have always been this way.  I can’t remember a time when it was not difficult for me to conjure up emotion.   I was never bothered by my lack of emotion,…

Saint Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Sienna is sainthood-X. She was in it to win it.She was born during the plague epidemic and was child #25! Though many of her siblings didn’t survive to adulthood including her twin.She cut her hair to keep some dude from wanting to marry her and then joined the lay Dominican order which…

Lenten Sacrifices for Those Who Like a Challenge

            Lent is coming.  It’s a time of prayer, almsgiving and—what it’s probably most known for—fasting.  The week preceding Ash Wednesday, a question pops into the heads of Catholics.  What shall I give up for Lent?  There are the usual sacrifices: giving up chocolate or soda, taking cold showers, fasting from caffeine , etc.  But for some, the same old sacrifices…