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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






Sharbel Makhluf: Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra, where he was born, his influence has spread widely. 
<p>Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon, and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He professed his final vows in 1853 and was ordained six years later. </p><p>Following the example of the fifth-century St. Maron, Sharbel lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death. His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him to receive a blessing and to be remembered in his prayers. He followed a strict fast and was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. When his superiors occasionally asked him to administer the sacraments to nearby villages, Sharbel did so gladly. </p><p>He died in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Christians and non-Christians soon made his tomb a place of pilgrimage and of cures. Pope Paul VI beatified him in 1965 and canonized him 12 years later.</p> American Catholic Blog You cannot claim to be ‘for Christ’ and espouse a political cause that implies callous indifference to the needs of millions of human beings and even cooperate in their destruction.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Summer
God is a beacon in our lives, the steady light that always comes around again.
St. Bridget of Sweden
Let someone know that you're inspired by St. Bridget's life with a feast day e-card.
I Made a Peace Pledge
Let peace reign in your heart today and every day.
Happy Birthday
We pray that God’s gifts will lead you to grow in wisdom and strength.
Mary's Flower - Rose
Mary, center us as you were centered.



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