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Lent and the Path to Freedom: Doing Battle with the World, the Flesh and the Devil

When I was a young man I had a priest friend who I now recall every time we begin the Forty Day Observance of Lent. About a week before Ash Wednesday he would say, "I am looking forward to Lent." The comment would perplex me greatly. Now I understand.

Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting: The Three Pillars of Lent

'Give alms...Pray to your Father...Fast without a gloomy face...' (Matthew 6:1-18)

The fast that pleases God

This kind of fasting has its place, but if you truly want to discover what fasting is especially meant to achieve, that is, to fast in the way that will bring about a holy change for the better for you and others, a fast that will make a difference in helping build a better world, a fast that will help advance the Kingdom of God, than here are the directions from the Almighty as spoken through his prophet Isaiah: "Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, ...

Look into yourself! 23 questions to ask yourself as you reflect during Lent

The ashes on our forehead reminded us of the human condition: Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. However, sometimes, you will have to go real deep and discover inner attitudes that may be the root of your sinful behavior. Sometimes you will need a spiritual colonoscopy.

Celebrate Sunday Mass - 2.18.24 - The First Sunday of Lent

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent in 2024.�  This ancient practice of setting aside 40 days to enter - in and with Jesus - into the desert places in our own daily lives and confront the temptations and struggles we face. It is an invitation, if we respond properly, from the Lord and is offered through the Church. The Church as mother and teacher knows just what we need. We all know the truth and need to be honest with ourselves and before God during Lent. We all struggle with disordered ...

First Sunday of Lent: Entering into the Desert in Jesus

Let us welcome Lent. In so doing, we will receive the much needed grace it offers and be made ready to celebrate the Resurrection. Let us enter into the desert with and in Jesus, and overcome the devil.

Can Catholics eat meatless meat during Lent?

Here's a question for you! Can Catholics eat meatless meat, like the Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat Burger during Lent? How about "Clean Meat?"

3 fish recipes perfect for Lenten Fridays!

Are you anticipating running out of ideas for delicious and healthy dinner options each Friday evening? Have no fear! Catholic Online is here!

Is Lent working for you? If not, try this...

How's your Lent going? Let's talk about how the faithful can upgrade their Lenten experience.

Who Needs Lent? We do.

Lent is an invitation of God's grace, which, if we enter into with our entire person, can draw us, especially at its' closure, into a deeper embrace of the power of the Resurrection.