Lent

This makes me think…. about fasting…

Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity of him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also to eye, the ear, and the feet, and the hands, and all members of…

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#Fast Fridays in #Lent

Taking a Lenten pause from the The F.U.N. Quotient that usually appears on Fridays here at the blog. Friday’s are not just the end of the work week… they are the day our Lord died for us. We Catholics traditionally fast from meat on Fridays, and we may be fasting from other things as well….

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What is Lent? Part of a great video series at CRS…

There’s a bunch of videos over at CRS. Consider making Operation Rice Bowl part of your Lenten Observance.  

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This makes me think… a merciful heart is not a weak heart…

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us….

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On keeping a good Lent: 10 Helpful Reading & Resource Links:

“God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us.” – Pope Francis 1. Read Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2015. (The quote above comes from it.) 2. Sign up for Fr Robert Barron’s daily Lenten Reflections. 3. Book Review by Barb Szyszkiewicz: 40 Days, 40 Ways, A New Look at…

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Embracing Lent… links to read, stuff to do, prayers to pray… and podcasts!

This year I was feeling a bit overwhelmed facing down the Lenten season. It felt like one more thing on my to-do list. But after praying about that I realized that some of the difficult things in the family (lots of illness and joblessness for many loved ones), and in the world (you name it,…

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Splinters from the Cross… on overworking… w/ “Restless” by Audrey Assad (video)

What’s with the splinters from the cross? Read this post from a few Fridays ago to catch up. This is my little attempt at keeping Fridays a bit more solemn in Lent. Previous weeks have dealt with anger, worry, and perfectionism. This week, it’s the addiction to work; which is a kind of perfectionism problem too. Splinter from…

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Today’s readings and Pope Francis… “so that you may be amazed.” (John 5: 20)

I had a post today in my hometown diocesan newspaper, now an online journal, The Long Island Catholic. Look for it here, listed for March 13. Here’s a snippet: Waiting on the Lord’s timing and his mercy are so great a part of the Christian life. And Lent is not so much about tending to our will,…

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Splinters from the Cross… on perfectionism

So I missed a week of blogging due to my travels… but now I’m back. ::: For the Fridays in Lent, I’ve been reflecting on the trials we have in life, and looking at them as if they are splinters from the Cross of Christ. To catch up on this theme on “splinters from the…

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Splinters from the Cross… on worry

I’m a worrier by nature. But I don’t have to live that way. There’s more on this below. ::: What’s with the splinters from the cross? Read this post from last Friday to catch up. This is my little attempt at keeping Fridays a bit more solemn in Lent. Last week’s post dealt with anger. This week, it’s…

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