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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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To Change the Culture, Change Ourselves

As the nation’s Catholic bishops gather for their Fall meeting in Baltimore today, we suspect a major topic — in the hallways, if not necessarily in formal meeting sessions — will be what the results of last Tuesday’s election mean … Continue reading

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