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Lent
Welcome to our Lenten resource page! Browse our most popular Lenten book titles, read Lent-inspired articles from St. Anthony Messenger, or send a Catholic Greeting!
Catholic Greetings
Lent 2016 Message from Pope Francis

Take a look at some of our new and most popular Lent books from Servant and Franciscan Media!

Laurence Freeman, OSB
Give up your lifestyle (at least for a season), and begin to discover what meditation can do in your life.
Jeff Cavins
When You Suffer is a refreshing look at the mystery of pain and suffering and how to find meaning and even joy in the midst of it.
Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Move beyond the typical "give something up" and take a fresh look at lent!
Phyllis Zagano
Explore the ways silence and stillness can help you turn your heart and mind to God during Lent.
Diane M. Houdek
Take a fresh look at Lent with St. Francis as your guide.
Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
Father Greg draws on his love of the saints to offer daily inspiration during this season
Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.
Dan Horan challenges readers to look at their lives through the lens of Jesus’ suffering and death.

Enjoy these Lent-related articles from St. Anthony Messenger!

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
Lent Reflection 1, by Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Wondrous Encounters
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr offers daily reflections on the Scriptures for Lent.



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




Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

Preacher to the Pope Free Sample

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Bring candy and flowers but send an e-card.

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.




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