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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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The Benefits of Fasting

I was stumbling around the internet , and ran across a page discussing mortification — a practice used by many saints, often involving wearing a hairshirt, or using a “discipline” or wearing a cilice. All of these involve some degree … Continue reading

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Stealth Evangelization with Ashes

It’s Ash Wednesday, and the noon Mass at my suburban parish is pretty much full.  Mostly older folks, many retired, but also a good number of younger people, too.  (One is the daughter of one of my RCIA students.  She … Continue reading

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What Is the Fasting that Pleases God?

With Lent starting today, we all know the Church’s minimal rule on fasting — it’s required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and fasting is defined as eating a little less than two full meals a day. But if you … Continue reading

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Lent Better Than New Year’s to Start Healthy Habits

For many people the season of Lent is a time to take a step back, evaluate what is important and think about sacrifice. Catholics refrain from eating meat on Fridays. In addition, Catholics and people from other Christian faiths also … Continue reading

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Why Fast?

I was stumbling around the internet yesterday, and ran across a page discussing mortification — a practice used by many saints, often involving wearing a hairshirt, or using a “discipline” or wearing a cilice. All of these involve some degree … 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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