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To give — and receive — radical forgiveness

To give — and receive — radical forgiveness

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

If Lent is an invitation to contemplate the suffering Christ, then it is also a time to contemplate the forgiving Christ, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” And in this Year of Mercy, it would do us well to remember that on the list of spiritual works of mercy, “to forgive offenses willingly,” is No. 5.

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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here are the church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year.

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Pope: Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

Pope: Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

| Cindy Wooden | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said.

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The tone ashes set for Lent: a journey into a new, fuller life

The tone ashes set for Lent: a journey into a new, fuller life

| David Gibson | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

As the flames from a bonfire’s logs begin to die down and finally die out, it seems initially that only ashes remain. But closer inspection typically reveals that glowing embers remain alive under the ashes.

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Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer

Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A three-part series on the three basic pillars of Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer. In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life, each feature will include members of religious communities who are deeply living out these spiritual practices all year long.

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‘Simply being open to God’

‘Simply being open to God’

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prayer is easier than most think, experts say, and Lent is a time to re-examine one’s routine

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6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several passionate fasters offered these tips to help others get started or enhance their current fasting practices.

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Full from fasting

Full from fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lenten discipline ripe with life, love and freedom, adherents say

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Lent begins

Lent begins

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wyatt Gibb, an eighth-grader at St. Charles Borromeo School in St. Anthony, receives ashes from Father Brian Park, parochial administrator of the parish, during an Ash Wednesday school liturgy Feb. 18 at St. Charles.

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‘Servant of the poor’: Almsgiving a push toward generosity, community

‘Servant of the poor’: Almsgiving a push toward generosity, community

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

“It really is an essential part of Christianity; it’s not optional. It has to do with the most fundamental Christian virtue, which is charity and love of God.” – John Froula, assistant professor of theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

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New books for Lenten spiritual reading

New books for Lenten spiritual reading

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here is a selection of recent releases for Lenten reading.

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