Lent

An Annunciation Reflection: What God may be asking of us

Often it doesn’t matter what you decide to do for Lent. Sometimes your Lenten journey finds you. So, here we are.
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A lesson in God’s love

Our younger son hurried into the room holding a water glass full of forsythia he had cut from the bushes in our yard.
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Vatican issues decree for Holy Week liturgies with pandemic restrictions

"By the mandate of the supreme pontiff for the year 2020 only," the congregation issued guidelines March 20 for celebrating the Triduum and Easter liturgies without the presence of the faithful.
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A good and upright man

Joseph is a strong role model for someone who accepts the will of the Lord and lives it out.
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“Are you from Iowa?”

A chance meeting with strangers added light to this Lenten journey.
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Lenten silence amid turmoil

In the midst of trial and worry, we seek the intimacy of this powerful and mysterious force we call God. Let Lent open us to grace, to see the big picture, even if it’s impossible to imagine 15 Milky Ways.
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Beer and pretzels: the ‘official beverage and food’ of Lent

While beer and pretzels might be most closely associated with oom-pah music, polka dancing and Oktoberfests, they have a much older and more spiritual pedigree as the “official beverage and food of Lent,” according to Father William Saunders.
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Start strong and show God

Let us “start strong” and “show God” to the world and those around us, and give a demonstration of the unseen by being Christlike in our lives and in our love.
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What it means to be marked on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday may be the one day of the year where observant Catholics are most visible to the rest of the public.
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Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent, pope tells faithful

Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one's life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.
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A Lent lesson from Call of the Wild

As we begin our Lenten journey, we cannot know what we will experience through these 40 days. We don’t know what obstacles and opportunities life will present. But Lent can change us in positive, beautiful ways if we are open to how God is working in our lives.
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A comeback for confession? Baltimore priests working to revive reconciliation

Some priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore are pushing back against empty confessionals in novel ways. It’s time for confession to make a comeback, they say.
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