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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






Mary: Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court. 
<p>In the fourth century St. Ephrem (June 9)  called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “Hail, Queen of Heaven,” “Queen of Heaven.” The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her queenship. </p><p>The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his 1954 encyclical <i>To the Queen of Heaven</i>, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.</p> American Catholic Blog No one listens willingly to someone who speaks to them from a position of self-righteousness and judgment. Again and again in the Gospels, Jesus reserves his harshest words for those who ignore their own weakness in order to lord it over others.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
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Mary exercises her queenship by serving God and her fellow human beings.
 
Wedding
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St. Helen
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