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Bread and Water Fasting

It’s Lent, and that means some people are thinking about extreme penances, such as bread and water fasting.  The concept is being popularized by such projects as Nineveh 90, which calls for participants to do a bread and water/juice fast … Continue reading

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Lent Is a Penitential Season. What’s Penance?

Lent is a penitential season, the church tells us.  Some churchmen bemoan the fact that what we do during Lent nowadays seems minor compared to what our ancestors in the faith did. It wasn’t all that long ago, after all, … Continue reading

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Why Penance Is So Hard

Members of the Confraternity of Penitents have four major areas in which they practice  penance:  90 minutes of prayer a day, food (fasting about one-third of the year and eating meat only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), clothing and becoming … Continue reading

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