Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

Many spiritual programs are available to guide Catholics on Lenten journey

Many programs, church services and events are being held during Lent to help Catholics on their journey with Christ toward Easter.

Walking with Christ during Lent

For many Catholics, Lent is a time to give things up. But it is really much more, explained Msgr. William McCumber, director of the Office of Sacred Worship.

"The emphasis during Lent is on prayer, fasting and charity. That is what we focus on for the purpose of being open to God's grace," he said.

Lenten fasting and abstinence requirements

Then to all Christ said, "Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day and follow in my steps" (Luke 9:23).

The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics. Accordingly, the pope and the American bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence as follows:

Lenten tradition of donating to the poor through "Operation Rice Bowl" continues

Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl has provided Catholics a Lenten opportunity to reach out in solidarity with poor people around the world.

The official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, Operation Rice Bowl has raised more than $191 million since its inception to support CRS's development projects and fight global poverty and hunger in more than 100 countries.

Bringing a Message of Peace: Chance encounters helped man to see doors that God opened for him

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Luis Mesa, superior of the Messengers of Peace, visited the planned site of Villa Guadalupe, a residence outside Sutamarchán, Colombia, for girls whose families are unable to care for them. When not in prayer, the Messengers of Peace focus on serving those most in need. The archbishop was instrumental in supporting Father Mesa in founding the Messengers of Peace and also secured private funding to build the girls’ residence.

Nearly retired and on the brink of embarking on a major life change, Luis Mesa prayed that the Lord would keep open the doors he was meant to go through, and close those in which he shouldn't.

Prior to that, the 62-year-old had everything the world could give him -- a successful career, a beach home in California, two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.

But it was through a series of chance encounters that Mesa's life took a turn that he never would have expected.

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