Lent is not an endurance test

Bishop Kevin Vann offers three ways to make the most of the Lenten season

For many Catholics, Lent has become something of an endurance test, not unlike children competing to hold their breath under water. People seek to deprive themselves in the same way, hoping that they can last all the way to Easter when they can breathe deeply and relax. The problem with this lies in the fact that while we may white knuckle our way to Easter, chances are that … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of fasting?

The Lenten practice is a weapon against demons and a powerful way of putting our spiritual life in proper balance

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it's more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during Lent, if we understood how helpful it … [Read more...]

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A look at what young Catholics did this Lent

Orange County Catholic interviews millennials on their past 40 days

The following comes from a March 25 OC Catholic article by Allyson Escobar: The somber season of Lent is now over. Here’s what some young adults from different dioceses had to say about following Lenten practices: “I’m cutting back on eating out, like fast food, restaurants and whatnot. If I do [eat out], then I have to buy gift cards to give out to those in need when I’m … [Read more...]

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Pro-life Stations of the Cross in San Diego

Procession of more than 500 people through downtown

The following comes from an email to California Catholic from Helpers of God's Precious Infants San Diego. Dear Pro-life Friends, This year on Good Friday will be the 10th annual Pro-life Stations of the Cross in downtown San Diego. What started 10 years ago as a small group of people praying a special Pro-Life Stations of the Cross in front of the Federal Building … [Read more...]

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Should Prison Ministry Include Praying for Abortionists?

Pro-Life Action League Issues Call to Action During Lent

This story comes from a February 20 Christian Newswire article. Abortionists locked up in prison for murder, sex abuse, and fraud—this is the end result of human justice. According to the Pro-Life Action League, however, the story does not end there.   This week, the Lenten season began. During this 40-day period of reflection for Christians worldwide, the … [Read more...]

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“To veil or not to veil?”

Diocesan blog discusses current norms regarding covering statues and crosses during Passiontide From the website of the Diocese of San Jose Prior to the 1970 revision of the Roman Missal (Sacramentary), crosses and images were covered with veils during Passiontide, which is the last two weeks of Lent, starting from the end of the Mass for Saturday of the Fourth Week of … [Read more...]

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In Case You Didn’t Know

Bishop Soto Reminds Us 2012 Lenten regulations and admonitions: Another Lenten journey of further conversion will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 22. Lent prepares the faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. It is a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others. … [Read more...]

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