lent

Letters to the editor

A home run

I have to give Archbishop Robert J. Carlson credit for writing another brilliant column in the St. Louis Review (Before the Cross, Feb. 16). When the Archbishop uses the spiritual analogy of comparing Lent with baseball, he is telling the faithful God wants us to follow Him.

Without proper conditioning, baseball players can't set records, let alone make the team roster. We Catholics revere the cross as our championship trophy over sin, and our entry into heaven.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Obedience to God's will leads to happiness, eternal life

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The Gospel for the 2nd Week of Lent features the Transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain in Palestine. However, we can't really understand the Transfiguration unless we understand the significance of obedience, in the first reading and the Gospel.

Editorial | Yippee! A time of renewal

We often hear there are 40 days of Lent. That's close, but not really true.

When you count the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46. According to the U.S. bishops' website, it might be more accurate to say that there is a "40-day fast within Lent." The Sundays of Lent are certainly in Lent, but they aren't prescribed days of fast and abstinence owing to the fact that the Church considers every Sunday as a "Little Easter."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let Jesus invest His mercy and love in you

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The word Lent comes from an Old Saxon word, "lencten," which means springtime. Its root also is related to the German word for long. Hence, in springtime, the days are getting longer, which means more sunlight for the growing season.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Reaching out in hope

F. Javier Orozco

It isn't difficult these days to recognize what appears to be an ever-growing propensity for violence and division. Around the world, we see an array of violence that ranges from national wars and civil unrest to targeted attacks on individuals and groups of people.

CRS Rice Bowl -- following God's lead

The CRS Rice Bowl program asks people to prepare themselves to follow God's lead -- a fitting element of Lent.

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through CRS Rice Bowl, Catholics hear stories from people in need worldwide and devote Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.

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