LENTCAzT 02: Thursday after Ash Wednesday


It is Thursday after Ash Wednesday.

We are creeping into Lent through the “narthex” of these first few days.

With this audio offering, I am beginning a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.


I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

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4 Responses to LENTCAzT 02: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

  1. Nathan says:

    The Archbishop Sheen quote was priceless. Perhaps Aaron’s excuse was one of the lamest, but I think I have been on an equal footing excusing my own failures before God.

    Anyway, Father, would you be willing to share your musical sources today? The chant at the beginning of the Lentcazt was sublime.

    In Christ,

  2. lairdangusmcangus says:

    Wow–I was unfamiliar with the story of Aaron’s explanation of the Golden Calf to Moses.

    There is a powerful corollary in it to the state of the Church today, and in all times, really. When authority (in this case, Moses) recedes into the background *even for the noblest of purposes* (such as the reception of the divine law), the Enemy attacks.

    He may do so by corrupting the deputies, as Father Z. suggests happened to Aaron in Moses’ absence.

    He may also do so by deceiving and confusing the deputies, especially if they are not on guard and properly formed.

    I would propose an alternate interpretation of this passage in which the Israelites’ offerings gold really did emerge from the furnace in the shape of the calf. The Enemy has supernatural powers, after all, and has been known to appear even as an angel of light. What better trick for the Devil in those times than to take credit for God’s work through deception? (Some have said this is happening even today at Medjugorje…)

    Either way, the passage highlights the grave danger to the sheep when the shepherd is not vigilant. Moses’ time on the mountain was in a sense the most dangerous time the Israelites faced because he–the one to whom God had given authority over them–was not present to protect them.

    How many bishops and priests have either been corrupted or deceived in the absence of strong Petrine authority from the Holy See? How many of our people’s offerings have come out of the furnace as calves?

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    Excellent, Lent podcasts. Thanks Fr. Z.

  4. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father! A perfect little gem, as usual, with heavenly music.