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If you are looking for a new Lenten experience, 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent offers fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters.

You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ—not only during Lent but throughout the year.

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Our Lady of Lourdes: On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution <i>Ineffabilis Deus</i>. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 
<p>Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin.” </p><p>During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” She used the word <i>aquero</i>, a dialect term meaning “this thing.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address (<i>tu</i>), but the polite form (<i>vous</i>). The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity. </p><p>Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.</p> American Catholic Blog While the term social justice has received negative connotations in some circles in recent years due to certain media misrepresentations of the tradition, the vocation of all Christian women and men to work toward the common good, protect the dignity of all human life, strive toward ending violence in all forms, and providing for the welfare of all people remains integral to who we are as bearers of the name Christ.

 Franciscan Fr. Jim Van Vurst reflects on  the Year of Mercy
 



 
 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Our Lady of Lourdes
Celebrate our Blessed Mother who never tires of interceding on our behalf.
Ash Wednesday
Throughout these 40 days we allow our pride to fade into humility as together we ask for forgiveness.
Mardi Gras
Promise this Lent to do one thing to become more aware of God in yourself and in others.
St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.
National Marriage Week
During this week especially tell each other how much your marriage means to you.










ENTERTAINMENT
The Choice
Ever since "The Notebook" in 2004, film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks' novels have descended into benign, prepackaged comfort food.

So it is with "The Choice" (Lionsgate). In keeping with the Catholic writer's work overall, the movie tells an agreeably picturesque love story, ...

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Teresa Palmer and Ben Walker star in a scene from the movie "The Choice."



BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Bringing Home the Word
The Space Between Faith and Doubt
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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