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Thursday, February 7, 2013

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Live for Lent
Lent arrives before Valentine's Day this year. Let us help you make it a life-giving and joyful season of preparation for Easter.

Online Lent Event
Join Franciscan Father Don Miller at 10 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, February 13, as Franciscan Media presents its first-ever free online event! Fr. Don will help you make the most of Lent by explaining not only the “rules” but the deeper call to conversion. A live chat area will allow you to ask questions of Fr. Don during the Ash Wednesday presentation. To sign up for free, simply click here. Throughout Lent, you can return to to watch new weekly videos with Father Don, leading to his final talk, March 27, during Holy Week. As Father Don explains, 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. Join us for this inspiring, spiritually enriching online event!
February St. Anthony Messenger
The cover story in this month's St. Anthony Messenger is a profile of novelist Nicholas Sparks, whose film "Safe Haven" is in theaters now. Other stories include a look at the Old Testament prophet Joel, a spotlight on the work of Catholic Relief Services in Africa, a reflection on the spiritual lessons we can learn from our pets, and a fresh take on the Examen of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Be sure to enjoy the Web+ features online to learn even more about those stories. And coming with the March edition, the Messenger will launch its new digital edition, free to all subscribers and perfect for viewing on your tablet or smartphone!
Learn More About Lent
Our popular Lent seasonal feature includes all-new daily calendar entries from Matthew Kelly's book Rediscover Lent to help you in your journey through the season. You'll also find Lent FAQs (the most popular page on our site on Ash Wednesday), Catholic Greetings e-cards, video, and even audio reflections to help you experience Lent in a truly meaningful way. Check back each of the 40 days to find quick inspiration and complete information to use and to share with your family, friends, and faith communities.
The February issue of our digital magazine, Liberty+Vine, gives a nod to the spring entertainment awards, including the Grammys, the Oscars, and even the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Our writers take a look at where the judges have been right and wrong in the past and what might happen this year. You'll also find reflections on finding God everywhere in the everyday, from cleaning floors to traveling abroad. There's truly something for everyone in Liberty+Vine, at the intersection of faith and life. Subscribe now for only $19.99!  



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