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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| March 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

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

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Poverty has a name

Poverty has a name

| Liz Kelly | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The story went something like this: A group of MBAs from a prestigious university (that shall remain unnamed) determined that through applying their business acumen they could make Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity more effective. They traveled to Kolkata, India, requested a meeting and were received by the saint herself. They pulled out their flow charts and spreadsheets filled with graphs and data, and she sat listening, quietly, politely.

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Foodies, families and fasting in America

Foodies, families and fasting in America

| Liz Kelly | March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have two close friends who have spent considerable time serving the impoverished in India and Africa. Both returned to the United States with radical new relationships to food.

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Readying your heart for Lent

Readying your heart for Lent

| Liz Kelly | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is the Lord’s to do as he wishes. We do not solely take up Lenten practices in order to achieve a certain effect; we enter this holy season with fervor and determination to fast, pray, repent, and give of ourselves because we love the Lord and because he has asked us to.

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Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

| Carol Zimmermann | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark.

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The terrible invitation to unleash love

The terrible invitation to unleash love

| Elizabeth Kelly | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It may be one of the most well-known verses in all of lamentation: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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‘Woman, there is your son’: Entrustment on Calvary

‘Woman, there is your son’: Entrustment on Calvary

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is a well-known point that St. John Paul II claimed in “Mulieris Dignitatem” that “the moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way.”

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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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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 4, 2016 | 2 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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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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