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Lent with Richard Rohr: A Double Punch

Saturday After Ash Wednesday | Isaiah 58:9b–14; Luke 5:27–32
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Our Amazing Capacity for Missing the Point

  Friday After Ash Wednesday | Readings: Isaiah 58:1–9a; Matthew 9:14–15 
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Decision Precedes Depth

  Thursday After Ash Wednesday | Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Luke 9:22–25
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Why We Love Our Ashes

Anyone who has worked in a Catholic parish knows what to expect on and around Ash Wednesday: telephone calls at all hours, strangers randomly showing up for ashes, folks leaving after receiving their ashes, but before receiving the Eucharist. Among the “regulars,” there’s a lot of eye-rolling and head-shaking, and an overwhelming desire to figure out why, on this day, getting ashes is the single-minded compulsion of every Catholic on the planet.
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Faith and Family for March 6: Resisting Temptation

Read LK 4:1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan  and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,  to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days,  and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God,  command this stone to become bread." Jesus answered him,  "It is written, One does not live on bread alone."
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Lent with Richard Rohr: Another Start!

  Reflection Download the audio here 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 It seems that we need beginnings, or everything eventually devolves and declines into unnecessary and sad endings. You were made for so much more!
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Pope Francis: Lent Is a Time for Conversion, Not Ego

Pope Francis offered reflections for Lent in a letter released by the Vatican that was broken into three sections: The redemption of creation, the destructive power of sin, and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness.
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Preparing for Lent with Friar Roger

We might think that the hope of Lent has to do with our hope that we will get through it, that we will come to the end of it. We see Lent as an obstacle course we need to navigate in order to get to the great feast of Easter. But while the Lenten season is indeed preparation for our Easter celebration, the hope of this season is that we will find our lives transformed by the many ways we encounter God’s Word.
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The Most Contemplative Movie I’ve Ever Seen

Most movies pull the viewer in through chaos, madness, or emotion. Basic storytelling says that there needs to be an emotional hook—an inciting incident of some sort—to engage a viewer and pull them in. But dramatization or romanticization is not always an accurate depiction of life.
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Lent Is a Journey Inward

Ash Wednesday is just a few days away. Many of us will be spending the next few days deciding what to give up. But Roger Lopez, OFM, encourages us to slow down and really think about what this season means. Lent isn't about what external temptations we want to give up. Lent is more an internal journey of discovery and oneness with God. 
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