Tag: Lent

The purpose of fasting

The purpose of fasting

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 22, 2018 | 2 Comments

If the sum total of my Lenten experience is giving up some treat, where is the conversion? Where is the deepening of my relationship with Jesus Christ?

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Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.

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Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

| Carol Zimmermann | February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others.

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Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said.

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Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday-style

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday-style

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

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Leave it all on the course

Leave it all on the course

| Liz Kelly | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I first heard this expression some years ago when my brothers were running triathlons. One brother is an actual Ironman, having completed events composed of a 2.4-mile swim, 120-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon. So when I decided to run a few mini-triathlons just for fun, my brother the Ironman would send me encouraging emails that closed with “Leave it all on the course.”

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Faith flavors new Mexican restaurant in Edina

Faith flavors new Mexican restaurant in Edina

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Their restaurant decor includes a large wall display with a priest biretta, various, a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and historic photos with clergy from St. Mark in Shakopee, which merged in 2011 with St. Mary in Shakopee and St. Mary of the Purification in Marystown to form Sts. Joachim and Anne.

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A heart that weeps

A heart that weeps

| Deacon Robert Whitney | March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

It is only in the mystery of the cross that our suffering, and our fasting and penances, can truly bear fruit. Jesus seeks to meet us there, show us his heart and share his mercy. He shows us that his heart is one that loves and weeps.

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Second local ’24 Hours for the Lord’ an invitation to God’s mercy

Second local ’24 Hours for the Lord’ an invitation to God’s mercy

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the sky lightened outside the Cathedral of St. Paul, a handful of people sat in a pew, waiting to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. A few others prayed near the front of the church, adoring the Eucharist in the monstrance on the altar. Adoration accompanying the round-the-clock confessions was new to the event this year.

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Lent a reminder to welcome others, see Christ in them

Lent a reminder to welcome others, see Christ in them

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | March 9, 2017

In his Lenten message this year, Pope Francis reminds us that Lent is “a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.” He encourages us to recognize that “each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love.”

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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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Being Christian in the Holy Land

Being Christian in the Holy Land

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is an annual pilgrimage to renew our faith in Christ as we retrace his footsteps and walk with his disciples on the way to Jerusalem — the way to the cross.

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