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February 08, 2018

Lent begins this week. What's your plan?

Sometimes our Lenten disciplines feel pretty random. We give up chocolate, or beer, or whatever — not because of any intrinsic value in them, but just because we feel like we should give something up. The apparent...

February 08, 2018

Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, is the pathway toward Easter and Christ's victory over death. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 14, and Easter Sunday is April 1.

We posed the question on social media: What are your...

March 02, 2017

The topic of racial justice is one that a group focused on Marian spirituality might have been inclined to skip.

But Mary led them to it, and the result is a Lenten program being held at St. Mary's High School on Wednesday evenings with a theme of "With Mary...

Seminarians cook their catch at Ryan Lake in Lent of 1916.
March 02, 2017

Editor's note: Updated Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. with clarification on dispensation.

It's late afternoon on a Friday in Lent, and you're famished.

It's almost dinner time, so where do you go and what do you eat to satisfy the Lenten abstinence...

March 02, 2017

It can be difficult to imagine how it's even possible to exude joy during Lent.

Those of us who give up the regular indulgences of ordinary time — chocolate, caffeine, fast food — often find ourselves feeling melancholy, maybe even downright cranky.

We're...

February 23, 2017

It's called a Lenten journey for a reason.

The journey includes prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The U.S. Catholic bishops ask us during Lent to take inspiration from the words of St. Paul (2 Corinthians 8:9) and contemplate his invitation to live a life of...

February 23, 2017

As Pope Francis described in his 2017 Lenten message, "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death.

"This season urgently calls us to conversion," he wrote. "Christians are asked to return to God 'with all...

February 12, 2016

Resolve to live more consistently in ways pleasing to God this Lent.

That simple advice comes from Father Philip Sosa, provincial superior of the North American Province of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, based in St. Louis at St. Wenceslaus Parish.

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February 04, 2016

When ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of the cross, it's a reminder of several things.

It's a call to repentance: a physical sign that we're sinners in need of forgiveness, which is how the prophets used it in the Old Testament. It also reminds us...

Lenten Planner
February 03, 2016

Lent is a season of reflection, penance, fasting and service as we await the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ at Easter.

"Lent is a time for reflection and repentance, a time to pray with renewed fervor for ourselves, our families and the Church,"...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
February 03, 2016

As Lent gets underway, people sometimes wonder: Why do we fast? I'd like to propose some answers to that question in the next two articles.

On the simplest level, we fast because the Church asks us to. Simple obedience is a great reason to start fasting, and a...

February 12, 2015

How do you make an octopus laugh? With ten-tickles!

What does the pope eat during Lent? Holy mackerel!

What did the magician say to the fisherman? Pick a cod, any cod!

What do you get if you cross an abbott with a trout?...