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The Happy Priest: Getting Ready For Lent

By • Catholic Online • 3/4/2011

Lenten practices of penance have great benefits for our whole life, body, soul and spirit.  A serious Lent will be like a spring cleaning which will purify the clutter that has accumulated in our souls.  A serious commitment to penance will also help us to conquer addictions, obsessions ...


This Lent, let us go forth into the desert with Christ, where, along with him, we deny ourselves out of love. Let us prove to God we love him above all else.

A Lenten Reflection: Voluntary Self-Denial

By • Catholic Online • 3/2/2011

We do not get closer to God by living as materialists whose lives are spent seeking pleasure, comfort and ease. GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) - During the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself to "the mystery of Jesus in the desert," where Christ, led by the spirit to be tempted by ...


The most profound call to repentance is experienced as we go before the Cross this Lenten season, as we kneel there along with our Blessed Mother, as we gaze upon our loving Savior who gave entirely of himself for love of us-even though we are sinners.

A Lenten Reflection On Repentance

By • Catholic Online • 3/1/2011

St. Maximus the Confessor once wrote: 'God's will is to save us, and nothing please him more than our coming back to Him in true repentance' GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) - As Catholics recite the daytime prayer midmorning antiphon in the Liturgy of the Hours, "The time of penance has come, the ...


When Pope St. Leo the Great (r. 440-461) called Lent 'a holy retreat of forty days during which we are to regain purity of soul,' he had in mind more than retreating from the sweet plate in the office lunch room.

Lent in a Secular Age

By • Catholic Online • 3/1/2011

The life of the Church has always been affected, for good and for ill, by historical circumstances and by the surrounding culture. Is Lent 'a holy retreat of forty days during which we are to regain purity of soul' anymore? WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The life of the Church has always been ...


If God has chosen this desert for me for now, I will follow Him into it.  I don't believe I go there alone; He is leading me.

Lenten Reflection: A Barren Heart, God is in the Desert

By • Catholic Online • 3/1/2011

Though I hate the desert, may I wait for Him there.  Whether He speaks or not, I will pray.  If I feel nothing at all, I will praise Him. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - I'm not one to mince words:  I hate the desert.  I have spent too many years of my life living in ...


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Lent with the Fathers: 'Circumcision of the Heart'

By • Catholic Online • 1/31/2011

Blessed, then, are those who are circumcised in heart, and have been reborn in water through the second circumcision. CHESAPEAKE (Catholic Online) - Called the "Persian Sage" by many, this Bishop of the early church was a monk named Aphraates. The first of the Syriac Church Fathers, he is believed ...


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Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Catholic Online • 1/30/2011

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy Principles and Guidelines. VATICAN CITY - Lent 124. Lent precedes and prepares for Easter. It is a time to hear the Word of God, to convert, to prepare for and remember Baptism, to be reconciled with God and one's neighbour, and of more frequent ...


I give you a new commandment: love one another.As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.

Fifth Sunday of Easter. Love One Another: Living Easter in our Daily Lives

By • Catholic Online • 5/2/2010

Anyone who wants to live true Christianity is called to live selflessly.  Does a true mother complain when she must awaken in the middle of the night to care for her sick child?  What father who really loves his family will complain about the daily sacrifices that he must make to support ...


If we are going to be true disciples of the Good Shepherd, we must forget ourselves completely and be totally dedicated.  Jesus calls us to love one another unconditionally.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter - Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd We Need

By • Catholic Online • 4/23/2010

Jesus is the Good Shepherd we desperately need. He laid his life down for us. True shepherding is a life of total self-giving.  Sheep without a shepherd have no defense against the wolves of this world.  Our land has become a land of orphans; children have become ...


Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Many of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church were at one time great sinners.

Third Sunday of Easter: The Apostle Peter Teaches Us Lessons From Failure

By • Catholic Online • 4/16/2010

Peter teaches us that failure is an opportunity to love better and stronger.  By beginning again and again, failure is an opportunity to love God and neighbor even more.  When you can truly love, you will never fear failure and sin, because failure and sin become opportunities to love ...





More Easter / Lent

'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' - Luke 24:46

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. continue reading


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1.11, Matthew 21:1.11, Luke 19:28.44, and John 12:12.19) ... continue reading


Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week... continue reading


Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances. It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover ... continue reading


Good Friday

On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord ... continue reading


Easter Sunday

Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year ... continue reading


Fasting and Abstinence

For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere. Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). continue reading


FAQs About Lent

Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism... continue reading


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. First Station: Jesus is condemned to death... pray the stations now


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Lent / Easter News

  • 5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    This Sorrowful pilgrimage now brings me here to this lonely hill. All the agony, the beatings and the bleeding have led me somewhere I do not want to go; somewhere I resist going with all my ...Continue Reading

  • 4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    I wonder if perhaps it was tempting for Jesus to just lie down on the dirt road and die right there. Completely sapped of strength and in agonizing pain, I wonder if He was tempted by the ...Continue Reading

  • 3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
    Jennifer Hartline - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    Humiliation, in one form or another, is part of the package.  It is only avoidable if we decide to deny Christ. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - 3rd Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crowning ...Continue Reading

  • Good Friday Reflection on the Nature of Sin
    Michael Terheyden - Catholic Online, 4/18/2014

    The Passion of Christ represents the most atrocious miscarriage of justice in all of human history. So when we come face to face with the crucified Christ on Good Friday, it is only natural for us to ...Continue Reading

Good Friday

  • Good Friday

    On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.

    The Cross

    In the symbol of the Cross we can see the magnitude of the human tragedy, the ravages of original sin, and the infinite love of God. Learn More

Ash Wednesday

  • Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

    The Ashes

    The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. Learn More

Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.

    Opening Prayer

    ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart... Pray the Stations

Fasting & Abstinence

  • 'Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed' Lk. 5:35

    Abstinence. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted.

    Fasting. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal.
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