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Lent with the Saints: Sharbel Makhluf

Isaiah 58:1–9a; Psalm 51:3–4, 5–6ab, 18–19; Matthew 9:14–15
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Lent with the Saints: Thomas More

Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Psalm 1:1–2, 3–4, 6; Luke 9:22–25
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Lent with the Saints: Do You Want to Be a Saint?

Joel 2:12–18; Psalm 51:3–4, 5–6, 12–13, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18
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The Roots of Fat Tuesday, the Fruits of Lent

Fat Tuesday, for many Catholics, is an exercise in excess. It's a day where many eat probably more than they should before a season of sacrifice begins. But what are the Catholic roots behind it?
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Saints for Our Lenten Journey

Each year as Lent begins, I look for an old keepsake: My Lenten Missal, published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood when I was in grade school in the 1950s. It contained the prayers of the Mass and the readings for every day of Lent. Modern illustrations—many showing the biblical characters in modern dress—captured my imagination. I followed the Mass (still in Latin) daily, which we attended as part of our Catholic school routine.
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Lent and Forgiveness

Lent presents to us God’s infinite love for all humankind. So many teachings in the gospel emphasize the mercy of God, which is surely one of the reasons the Gospels are constantly read. Most never tire of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:1-32). The scene is so easy to picture in our minds. The son has taken off on his own, expecting to set the world on fire, and in the end he is the one who gets burned. He has dishonored his father in a most horrific way.
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Saint Francis' Prayer before the Crucifix

"Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, sure hope and perfect charity. Fill me with understanding and knowledge that I may fulfill your command."
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Meditation: Prayer from the Heart

How do we begin to meditate? The way of meditation I would recommend is in many ways universal, but also an integral part of the Christian tradition of prayer. In this tradition it is called the “prayer of the heart.” This distinguishes it from either mental prayer or the external forms of worship with which many Christians have come to identify prayer.
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The Way of the Cross: A Meditation for Lent

We come to walk with you, Jesus, confident that following your journey to the cross will lead us closer to God’s loving heart. In your bruised face and wounded body, we have a powerful image of God’s extraordinary care for us. Saints like Francis of Assisi shed streams of tears as they contemplated the amazing outpouring of God’s love.
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Faith-Based Ways to Conquer Stress

Before the sun rises, I have a routine: I shower, eat breakfast, and get centered. And then I meditate. I put in my earplugs, listen to soothing music, and close my eyes. I focus on one thing only—either my body or my breathing. And after five or 10 minutes, I am ready for the day.
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