A little late in posting, I do apologize to the readers out there.
Our most recent trip took us to St. Athanasius on the Outer Loop. In the past, this part of town was an independent city called Highview, now a neighborhood after the city of Louisville and much of Jefferson County merged into one government.
As mentioned in my review of St. Stephen Martyr, this fish fry is located in a school gym and was very popular that night. As with most of these fish fries, there were often other events happening that night. For the youth, there was a Stations of the Cross and a Night For Mercy, where the participants could pray and receive Confession. There was also on the large projector the Alabama-Kentucky basketball game, quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. In this state, basketball is more than big time. Can’t miss a game, no matter where you go! As such, the gym was a little louder, but more vibrant.
I was back to my regular meal: fried fish sandwich with coleslaw, mac n’ cheese, a slice of butterscotch cake, and a Miller Lite.
One of the Dominican friars, Fr. Hertzog, joined us this week and had the baked fish and fried shrimp. As you can see from both of our plates, it was a lot, but good for the price ($11).
“Doing penance for one’s sins is a first step towards obtaining forgiveness and winning eternal salvation. That is the clear and explicit teaching of Christ, and no one can fail to see how justified and how right the Catholic Church has always been in constantly insisting on this. She is the spokesman for her divine Redeemer. No individual Christian can grow in perfection, nor can Christianity gain in vigor, except it be on the basis of penance.” – Pope John XXIII
Detachment is an overwhelming attachment to God. ~ Mother Angelica
“We can think of Lent as a time to eradicate evil or cultivate virtue, a time to pull up weeds or to plant good seeds. Which is better is clear, for the Christian ideal is always positive rather than negative. A person is great not by the ferocity of his hatred of evil, but by the intensity of his love for God. Asceticism and mortification are not the ends of a Christian life; they are only the means. The end is charity. Penance merely makes an opening in our ego in which the Light of God can pour. As we deflate ourselves, God fills us. And it is GOD’s arrival that is the important event.” – Fulton J. Sheen
With a humble person, whether he is laughed at or esteemed, praised or blamed, honored or despised, whether people pay attention to him or pass him by, it is all the same to him. – The Cure d’Ars
“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin…. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Hope and have confidence in confession.” – St. Isidore
“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, kindles the true light of chastity.” – St. Augustine
In silence, there is humility of spirit or what might be called “wise passivity.” In such the ear is more important than the tongue. God speaks, but not in Cyclones–only in zephyrs and gentle breezes. As a scientist learns by sitting passively before nature, so the soul learns wisdom by being responsive to His Will. The scientist does not tell nature its laws; nature tells the scientist. We do not tell or impose our will on God; in silence like Mary, we await an Annunciation. ~ Fulton J. Sheen
We only 3 Fridays left before Easter, which means only 3 scheduled fish fries left. Our schedule has changed a little bit, so I’m posting our schedule here:
March 11: We will still be going to St. Athanasius, located on Outer Loop east of Jefferson Mall. We will still be arriving at 6:15. Following the fish fry, beginning at 8:00, St. Athanasius is hosting Stations of the Cross and Eucharistic Adoration for Mercy. Many priests will be available for confession. You can check out the Facebook invite here.
March 18: The time and location for this fish fry has moved! We will be going to St. Michael’s Catholic Church (3705 Stone Lakes Drive Louisville, KY 40299) first for a Holy Hour to celebrate the upcoming ordination of 2 seminarians to the diaconate. The Holy Hour begins at 6:00. Following the Holy Hour, we will head over the fish fry at 7:00.
March 25: We will still be going to Guardian Angels on Good Friday, but arrive at 6:00. No Stations are planned for that day.
Any time is the right time for works of charity, but these days of Lent provide a special encouragement. Those who want to be present at the Lord’s Passover in holiness of mind and body should seek above all to win this grace, for charity contains all other virtues and covers a multitude of sins. As we prepare to celebrate that greatest of all mysteries, by which the blood of Jesus Christ did away with our sins, let us first of all make ready the sacrificial offerings of works of mercy. In this way we shall give to those who have sinned against us what God in his goodness has already given to us. -St. Leo the Great