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How to Enhance Your Lenten Practices So They're More Meaningful

“Lent is a time of spring cleaning through intensifying our prayer life, fasting from food or bad habits, and performing acts of charity and justice.” Read more

15+ FREE Resources for Lent You Will Love

Lent is a season of simple living. As the entire Church prepares for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum, Catholics make special efforts to pray, do penance, and...Read more

A Printable Reflection and Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting, marks the beginning of Lent. I often marvel at how many people are drawn to services on Ash Wednesday. After all, it's not a holy day of obligation and it...Read more

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget sustained abuse, genocide, or the denial of one’s very...Read more

Lent and the Year of Mercy

Welcome to our guest blogger, Carole Eipers, National Catechetical Advisor for Sadlier. Carole will be speaking at the NCEA Convention and Expo in San Diego. If you are attending the convention stop...Read more

Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent

As a child I learned to “give something up” for Lent. My meager efforts at abstaining from candy or from teasing my little brother pale in comparison to the regimen of a forty-day desert fast. As a...Read more

Stations of the Cross Meditations

The origins of the Stations of the Cross stretch back to the Crusades when, as a result of the conquering of the Holy Land, Christians began making pilgrimages to the sacred sites where Jesus lived,...Read more

Prayer of the Week: Stations of the Cross Reflections

The Stations of the Cross are one of many spiritual practices that we can undertake as a way to make our way through Lent. Use these reflections cards with your family or class! Read more

Lenten Retreat

Julie Penrose Center. Sacred Heart Retreat House. Benet Pines. Franciscan Center. These are four places where I have gone over the years to retreat from routines and regimens and to recharge my soul....Read more

The Season of Lent

One of the things I love about the liturgical year is the way we cycle around to the same seasons. Each time I seem to find more insight into the symbols, rituals, and stories that comprise each...Read more

Prayer of the Week: Prayer of Lenten Reflection

Download a prayer for a reflective spirit as Lent begins and as it progresses. Use it for your own reflection or share it with your family or class. Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Honesty Is the Best Policy

As January comes to an end, I am busy collecting all the necessary forms and receipts in order to file my taxes. Each year I try to get a jump start on this but it generally takes longer than I...Read more

Ashes to Ashes

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19 Read more

Lenten Whole Community Catechesis Handouts

Bring parishioners of all ages together to learn about and share their faith during a special seasonal event. Download these Lenten handouts to implement your event for the entire parish community or...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Roadside Service

I am still decompressing after a lengthy trip to the East Coast. Traveling for ten days and offering seven presentations in four states was, needless to say, a bit taxing. Upon reflection, however, I...Read more

Lenten Sacrifice

I admit to having a bit of trouble with the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent. I don’t really find it much of a sacrifice. As a child I remember when my brother, Ted, came upon...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Lenten Initiative

As the winter Olympic Games in Sochi were wrapping up, the television network played its requisite montage of memorable moments. Skiers, snowboarders, and skeleton-racers soared to new heights and...Read more

Prayer of the Week: Prayer for a Generous Heart

“Giving alms” is one of three practices that are traditional during Lent. Such practice has an equalizing effect, in that we share our abundance with those who have a deficit of resources. This...Read more

Parish Event: Lent
Question of the Week: Fifth Sunday of Lent

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Lenten Practices ~ Almsgiving

I love the way timing works in the process of this blog. When I set out to write about Lenten practices for three consecutive weeks I had no idea the one on giving would coincide with such a...Read more

Question of the Week: Third Sunday of Lent

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Lenten Practices ~ Fasting
Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Lent

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Lenten Practices ~ Prayer

“Lent is a time of spring cleaning through intensifying our prayer life, fasting from food or bad habits, and performing acts of charity and justice.” This is how I described the three traditional...Read more

Stations of the Cross Meditation Cards
Question of the Week: First Sunday of Lent

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Lenten Grace

One of my favorite childhood memories was going to church with my mother on Saturday morning. Mom loved gardening and so she relished the task of taking care of the flower arrangements that decorated...Read more

Lenten Generosity

I recently received a very generous gift from a friend. My first instinct was to demur. In an even greater show of generosity this same friend urged me to simple accept his gift. “Just say thank...Read more

Pathways to Prayer
Question of the Week: Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 11th, is the Third Sunday of Lent. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" - a...Read more

A Lenten Call to Simplicity

My husband and I are in the midst of preparing to put our house on the market. Therefore, we are engaged in household repairs and clutter removal that should have taken place long before this. Our...Read more

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 4th, is the Second Sunday of Lent. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" - a...Read more

The Stations of the Cross, Part 2

There is a Jesuit retreat center near my home where the Stations of the Cross are placed on large stones around its periphery. Thus, the experience of walking from one to the next brings a true sense...Read more

The Stations of the Cross, Part 1

My earliest memories of Lent include praying the Stations of the Cross every Friday afternoon. I attended Catholic school and I recall the jubilation I felt at being dismissed an hour early each week...Read more

Lenten Offerings
GIMN: Look Ahead To Lent

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