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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.
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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






John Jones and John Wall: These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny their faith. 
<p>John Jones was Welsh. He was ordained a diocesan priest and was twice imprisoned for administering the sacraments before leaving England in 1590. He joined the Franciscans at the age of 60 and returned to England three years later while Queen Elizabeth I was at the height of her power. John ministered to Catholics in the English countryside until his imprisonment in 1596. He was condemned to be hanged, drawn and quartered. John was executed on July 12, 1598. </p><p>John Wall was born in England but was educated at the English College of Douai, Belgium. Ordained in Rome in 1648, he entered the Franciscans in Douai several years later. In 1656 he returned to work secretly in England. </p><p>In 1678 Titus Oates worked many English people into a frenzy over an alleged papal plot to murder the king and restore Catholicism in that country. In that year Catholics were legally excluded from Parliament, a law which was not repealed until 1829. John Wall was arrested and imprisoned in 1678 and was executed the following year. </p><p>John Jones and John Wall were canonized in 1970.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus was going to die anyway. But His great gift was that He gave His life over without bitterness, without price tag, without anger, without resentment, with complete forgiveness. The Resurrection is all about forgiveness.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mary's Flower - Lily of the Valley
Tiny, lily-white bells, teach us of the Resurrection just beyond the stone-cold tomb.
St. Benedict
A mark of the followers of this sixth-century saint is the warmth of their hospitality, especially toward travelers.
Wedding
Help the bride and groom see their love for each other as a mirror of God’s love for humanity.
Summer
While you relax keep in touch with friends and family through e-cards.
Caregiver
Our lives are interwoven with one another and we are called to respond generously to those in need.



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