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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lent
Why ashes on Ash Wednesday?
What are the official rules for fasting and abstinence?
Why do we give things up for Lent?
What are the Scrutinies?
Should I go to Confession during Lent?
What are the "three pillars of Lent"?
Why Stations of the Cross?
Why Palms on Palm Sunday?
When does Lent end?
What is the Triduum?
How are Lent and Baptism connected?
Why meatless Fridays?
Are Sundays part of Lent?
Are chicken and fish considered meat?
What feasts are celebrated during Lent?
What determines the date Easter Sunday falls on or when Lent begins?
What does the word Lent mean?


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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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