Lent

Being present this Lent

Were we present at Jesus’ crucifixion? We were, and we are. We can place ourselves in that moment, meditating again on the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross. We were there. This Lent we are there.
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The resurrection of mercy

There is no doubt that the Lord has won the victory over sin and death by his cross and resurrection. The question confronting each of us is whether or not we will participate in his victory.
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Everything about Lent is awesome (in rhyme)

This Lent is fantastic! Believe it, it’s true. We are ready for Easter! We’ve nothing to do!
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Give up worry for Lent

Venerable Fulton Sheen once said of worry: “Nothing is more destined to create deep-seated anxieties in people than the false assumption that life should be free from anxieties."
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Teacher apologizes for telling boy to remove cross of ashes on forehead

"The diocese is very grateful to the young student who used the situation to educate his teacher about a part of his faith and its importance to him," a spokeswoman said. "Learning about one another is one way we build community across religious, political, racial, ethnic and other borders."
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Guatemalans hit by three years of drought among those CRS Rice Bowl helps

These past three years of drought in Central America have destroyed crops of corn and beans, leaving families starving and causing Guatemala to declare a true state of emergency, said Catholic Relief Services officials.
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Lent is a time for a little less hypocrisy, pope says

Lent is a time to ask for God's grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear "worthier than we are," Pope Francis said
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Thoughts as Lent begins, our final-final Chinese New Year celebration, Pancake Tuesday, and ballroom dancing (7 Quick Takes)

We really love Ash Wednesday, don't we? I love how it’s not even a holy day of obligation, and yet churches fill with people who want to receive ashes. There’s something about that mark of humility and repentance that feels so right.
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A matter of taste: One writer’s deep dive into fast-food fish sandwiches

Mark Pattison checks out fish sandwiches at fast-food restaurants this Lenten season.
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‘Pea toast’ and other sacrifices

We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on the other Fridays of the season, but it’s not much of a sacrifice to splurge on lobster instead of beef as a Lenten meal.
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The long Lent

May this long Lent lead to an Easter of renewed hope and joy for ourselves, for the church, and for those who have been harmed.
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Peace is theme of Ash Wednesday display in Westminster

Each school created its visual representation on a 10-by-10 inch panel with recycled materials, using a color palette of only shades of blue – the color of peace, and of the Blessed Mother.
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