In his annual message for Lent, Pope Francis called on Christians to remember those in need during the season before Easter.
Founded in 2000, the Mission of Life community visits 300 to 400 impoverished Beirut families a month as part of its Streets' Mission. This Lent, the 33 sisters and brothers included a group of 10th graders from the Maronite-run St. George School in their outreach.
Lent is not my favorite time of the liturgical year. I've always been more of an Advent person and never understood some of my fellow Catholics' actual joy during the 40 days preceding Easter. Call me a Lent weakling.
Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales.
This is not your parents' Lent. That's pretty clear when smartphone alarms ring at mealtimes on Fridays along with text messages from the "meat police"
Lenten reflection: Lent confronts us with the reality of our internal noise but not in order to humiliate us or isolate us.
Eco Catholic: This Lent, the bishops of California are asking Catholics to "exercise restraint" in their use of water because of an extreme drought in the state.
Pope Francis criticized those who practice fasting as a mere ritual, rather than as a sacrifice representative of a religion of love.
The pope made his remarks March 7, the first Friday of Lent, in his homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives.
"These hypocritical people are good persons," he said, referring to the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and his followers for not fasting as required by Jewish law. "They do all they should do. They seem good. But they are ethicists without goodness because they have lost the sense of belonging to a people."
While it may not match the popularity of the upcoming March Madness college basketball tournament, Lent Madness launched today touting itself as “the 2014 Saintly Smackdown,” pairing up sets of 32 (including some lesser known) saints to popular vote in a five-round single-elimination competition.
Young Voices: Capitalize on Lent by serving a simple soup and offering a simple prayer and intention for how our lives could be actively engaged in enriching the lives of others.