Tag: Lent

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| April 16, 2019 | 9 Comments

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

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Hope, even in the shadow of the cross

Hope, even in the shadow of the cross

| Kate Soucheray | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are called in this Lenten season to grow in our faith and to be in the shadow of the cross, overcome neither by its threat of death nor the fear it intends to evoke. As people who stand firmly in the face of such intimidation, we know death is vanquished by the power of Jesus’ sacrifice. Easter Sunday must be preceded by the horrors of Good Friday, and as my mother-in-law always said, “There can be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday.” In her wisdom, she meant there will be difficult, and perhaps discouraging, times for all of us as we move through the phases of our lives.

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‘Go and sin no more’

‘Go and sin no more’

| Father Erich Rutten | April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the face of sin, there seem to be two opposite reactions. First, we might react with anger and condemnation. We might have a tendency to become outraged. This certainly could be appropriate. We should hate sin. On the other hand, as Christians, we also know that we should be merciful. Sometimes this might mean that we hold our tongue or tell ourselves that whatever sin it was is not so bad after all.

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Convert now, don’t be spiritually lazy, pope says

Convert now, don’t be spiritually lazy, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

God is patient and merciful, but people should not put off their conversion because they never know how long they will live, Pope Francis said.

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A communal Lenten check-in

A communal Lenten check-in

| Deacon Gordon Bird | March 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

OK family and friends, how is your observance going two weeks and a few days into Lent? As for me, I’m pondering that question as I peruse through my Daily Roman Missal, reminding myself of its two-fold theme: to embrace a spirit of repentance, and to recall and renew my baptismal promises as a child of God. Thank you, Jesus — Lord and Savior, brother and friend — for making this possible.

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Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Eucharist is that it is a meal. It is readily apparent by the configuration of the Church: The focal point is the table in the center of the sanctuary.

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God in the darkness

God in the darkness

| Father Michael Johnson | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

“God called out to him from the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ God said, ‘Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’”

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Faith and flowers: Special rules keep God’s house simply beautiful

Faith and flowers: Special rules keep God’s house simply beautiful

| Carol Glatz | March 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of flowers.

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For Lent, Irish Catholics urged to abandon ‘weapons of mass distraction’

For Lent, Irish Catholics urged to abandon ‘weapons of mass distraction’

| Nick Bramhill | March 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Alcohol, smoking and chocolates are some of the most well-known vices that people traditionally give up during Lent. But now Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to make what might be an even harder sacrifice throughout the penitential six-week period — switching off their mobile phones.

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Don’t waste time talking to the devil, pope says at Angelus

Don’t waste time talking to the devil, pope says at Angelus

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

When facing temptation, Christians should follow Jesus’ example by not engaging in fruitless talk with the father of lies, Pope Francis said.

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Food for the journey

Food for the journey

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Bring double the snacks. Leave half the clothes.”

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The freedom found in ‘true sharing’

The freedom found in ‘true sharing’

| March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

My predecessor many times removed, Bishop Joseph Cretin, a good Frenchman by birth and breeding, once complained in a letter about the quality of chocolates here in St. Paul. I can personally testify that this situation has been remedied — making Lent a challenge for many.

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