Tag: lent

Way of Cross: Young people pray for courage to bear cross, help others

VATICAN CITY | During this year dedicated to the younger generations, Pope Francis asked that the meditations for his Good Friday service be written by young people. Twelve young women and three young men between the ages of 16 and 28 wrote the reflections and prayers that will be read March 30 during the Stations… Read more »

Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well. He has offered meditations on Jesus’ pierced hands, feet and side throughout his pontificate, but since January, his references in impromptu speeches and homilies have been so frequent… Read more »

It’s time to collect Long Sleeve shirts

Readers enlisted to donate to annual Lenten campaign ORLANDO | In the past 13 years, the Long Sleeve Relief campaign for farmworkers has done more than just collected tons and tons of shirts. The Florida Catholic started the campaign in 2005, and its goal was to provide clean, long-sleeved shirts to protect farmworkers. And people… Read more »

Purity is seen in how one treats oneself, others, papal preacher says

VATICAN CITY | If Catholic morality in the past seemed so obsessed with preventing sexual sin that it ignored sins of injustice, today “we have gone to the opposite extreme,” seemingly concerned only with how people treat others, not with how they treat the gift of their bodies, the papal preacher said. “In the past,… Read more »

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

WASHINGTON | People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others. And, it turns out, many do both. This reporter conducted an unofficial poll Feb. 12 on Twitter where 57… Read more »

Lent offers new opportunity to change one’s heart

NAPLES | Lent is a time to allow one’s heart to be touched and changed by the loving embrace of the Lord. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane during an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. William Parish in Naples. Bishop Dewane encouraged the faithful to take the time in this Lenten Season… Read more »

Ashes, daily fasting: Eastern Catholics focus on God during Lent

BEIRUT | At the Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Bayada, north of Beirut, faithful gathered for Ash Monday Mass in the chapel Feb. 12. In the Maronite Catholic Church, ashes are distributed on Monday, two days ahead of the Latin rite’s traditional Ash Wednesday distribution. This allows Catholics to observe 40 days of… Read more »

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

ROME | Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. “Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and… Read more »

Soup dinner and no dessert? Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday-style

WASHINGTON | Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The two days, steeped in tradition, don’t have too much in common beyond their religious roots. Valentine’s Day, named after St. Valentine, a third-century martyr, is all about romance with its emphasis on… Read more »

Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said. Together with “the often bitter medicine of the truth,” the church — as mother and teacher — offers people… Read more »