Tag Archives: Confraternity of Penitents

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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Ritual and Routines Are Key to Prayer

“Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Easier said than done, as anyone who has tried it knows.  It is certainly vital … 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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The Soldier Who Became a Saint

How fitting that the Church observes the Feast of St. Martin on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.  For St. Martin was a soldier before he was a monk, and he was a bishop before he was a saint. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Fasting by Eating Just 2 Meals a Day Can Lead to Weight Loss

Latin Rite Catholics are required to fast just twice a year — Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. But some, such as members of the Confraternity of Penitents, have a more rigorous fasting practice as a form of mortification — a … Continue reading

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Less Red Meat Reduces Diabetes Risk: Study

A new study appears to confirm practices of Catholic lay groups, such as the Confraternity of Penitents, that voluntarily accept dietary restrictions that reduce, but do not eliminate, consumption of red meat. In a follow-up of three studies of about 149,000 … Continue reading

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Hungry Yet? Tips for ‘Surviving’ Fasting

If you, like me, are planning to fast throughout Lent — not just one Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but every day except Sundays during Lent — you’re probably starting to feel a little bit hungry. “Little bit” is the … Continue reading

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Will We Have Our Cardinals’ Backs? Yes, If We Fast and Pray

“I’ve got your back.” As our cardinals get ready to do their most important duty — electing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced this morning that he was retiring effective Feb. 28 — will they be able to … Continue reading

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