Lent

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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Spiritual combat

A badly exaggerated “can-do” attitude is symptomatic of the sin of pride that played such a devastating role at the dawn of human history.
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Please don’t give up social media for Lent

During Lent, people are spiritually hungry. We are in the desert, and it can be a lonely and dark time—this time of repentance, this season with no alleluias. By remaining active on social media—or even approaching it more intentionally—you have the opportunity to help others see and connect with Christ in a new way.
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How to prepare for the best Lent yet

In these days before Lent begins, you—like me—might be trying to figure out what to give up or take on for the 40 days that lie ahead. I still haven’t decided, but these are some questions I am considering.
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Local Catholics are ready to ‘unfriend’ social media for Lent

More Americans are embracing the concept of a “digital detox” as social media becomes more ubiquitous and at times more harmful; however, others are disconnecting with a distinctly Catholic twist.
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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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