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Seasonal Features View Calendar
Lent
For each day of Lent, we offer reflections from Lent With the Saints by Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Click here to go to the main calendar page. You can also use the link in the upper right corner of this column.
Catholic Greetings
Watch Franciscan Father Don Miller's Ash Wednesday presentation.



Fr. Don will help you make the most of Lent by explaining not only the “rules” but the deeper call to conversion.

Lent is meant to be about not what we lack, but what we gain in the form of spiritual growth and conversion. Inspired by the life of St. Francis, Father Don discusses how these 40 days help us become the people God calls us to be.
from St. Anthony Messenger
The prophet Joel calls us to the Lenten season of repentance each year. Take a fresh look at this Old Testament figure.
from St. Anthony Messenger
The parish fish fry has become a Lenten tradition. Read about a multicultural celebration at St. Cecilia's parish in St. Louis.
from St. Anthony Messenger
What Jesus revealed at the Last Supper led one Jewish man from the Seders of his youth to the Eucharist, the Bread of Life.
from St. Anthony Messenger
Read about a Good Friday tradition that began as a local event and is now a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage drawing people from all over the world.
Lent Videos
Wondrous Encounters
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr offers daily reflections on the Scriptures for Lent.



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Giving Up on Giving Up?
Susan Vogt writes: "A year ago, I was facing Lent—again. I was ready to repeat the routine of what I usually do for Lent: no sweets or complaining, extra prayer, and the usual fasting and abstinence. I realized, though, that I wasn’t growing or being challenged. I decided to find a practice that would remind me daily of this penitential season and join me to Jesus’ sacrifice of his life for others." Read the rest of the article here.
A new season of the popular Lenten Radio Retreat series begins with the First Sunday in Lent, February 17. Join us each week for prayers, music, a question-and-answer segment, and a homily from a US bishop. Our retreat leaders for week one are Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Illinois (English), and Bishop Paul Sanchez, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, New York (Spanish). For week two, Bishop Francisco González, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., guides our reflections in both English and Spanish.
Why do Catholics fast and give things up during Lent? Why are there ashes on Ash Wednesday and palms on Palm Sunday? When does Lent end? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions here.
The Stations of the Cross are a Catholic custom of Lent that commemorates the passion of Jesus on Good Friday.
More Lenten Information





Benedict Joseph Labre: Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God's special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at 16 years of age, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives. 
<p>He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament. In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called "the poor man of the Forty Hours Devotion" and "the beggar of Rome." The people accepted his ragged appearance better than he did. His excuse to himself was that "our comfort is not in this world." </p><p>On the last day of his life, April 16, 1783, Benedict Joseph dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house. Immediately after his death the people proclaimed him a saint. </p><p>He was officially proclaimed a saint by Pope Leo XIII at canonization ceremonies in 1883.</p> American Catholic Blog Today offers limitless possibilities for holiness. Lean into His grace. The only thing keeping us from sainthood is ourselves.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Pope Francis!

Why did the pope choose the name Francis? Find out in this new book by Gina Loehr.

The Seven Last Words

By focusing on God's love for humanity expressed in the gift of Jesus, The Last Words of Jesus serves as a rich source of meditation throughout the year.

Visiting Mary
In this book Cragon captures the experience of visiting these shrines, giving us a personal glimpse into each place.
John Paul II

Here is a book to be read and treasured as we witness the recognition given John Paul II as a saint for our times.

The Surprising Pope

Get new insight into this humble and gentle man—Pope John XXIII--who ushered in the Church's massive changes of Vatican II.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Holy Thursday
The Church remembers today both the institution of the Eucharist and our mandate to service.
Wednesday of Holy Week
Today join Catholics around the world in offering prayers for our Pope Emeritus on his 87th birthday.
Tuesday of Holy Week
Today keep in prayer all the priests and ministers throughout the world who will preside at Holy Week services.
Monday of Holy Week
Holy Week reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our salvation. Take time for prayer at home and at church.
Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.



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