If people say the New Evangelization is all hot air, they might be right – if they are referring to the hot air balloon being offered by Sky Sail Balloons, Inc. (www.skysail.org). It features Jack Jewell’s painting “The Risen Christ by the Sea.”

Details on how parishes and organizations can rent it for their events are available by calling (716) 782-2280 or risen@skysail.org.

Doctor in the house: Pope Francis has designated an 11th century Armenian monk, St. Gregory of Narek, the 36th doctor of the church.

Question, answer, and more questions: Ask Pope Francis why you should go to confession, and his answer will be, “Because we’re all sinners.” To help Catholics in their reception of the sacrament, the pope distributed a 28-page guide titled “Safeguard your heart” at his Angelus address last Sunday.  

The following comprise the examination of conscience:

– Do I only turn to God when I’m in need?

– Do I take attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?

– Do I begin and end the day with prayer?

– Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?

– Do I rebel against God’s plan?

– Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?

– Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the “throwaway culture?”

– In my marital and family relations, do I uphold morality as taught in the Gospels?

– Do I honor and respect my parents?

– Have I refused newly conceived life? Have I snuffed out the gift of life? Have I helped do so?

– Do I respect the environment?

– Am I part worldly and part believer?

– Do I overdo it with eating, drinking, smoking and amusements?

– Am I overly concerned about my physical well-being, my possessions?

– How do I use my time? Am I lazy?

– Do I want to be served?

– Do I dream of revenge, hold grudges?

– Am I meek, humble and a builder of peace?

By time you get through that list, it might be Holy Week – or the first week of Advent.

Catholic quote of the week: In the Feb. 22 issue of his diocesan publication, the Northwest Indiana Catholic, Bishop Donald J. Hying wrote, “We cannot afford to remain indifferent when we contemplate the precious costs of our eternal salvation. Jesus died on a cross to save us. What will we do this Lent to show him such extravagant love in return?”

One cold animal: Doesn’t matter if March comes in like a lion or lamb; either one will be shivering.