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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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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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A Walk through Holy Week

The high holy days of the Christian faith are almost here. This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, we read the passion narrative from the Gospel of Matthew. During Holy Week, the liturgy focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Here is an overview and an invitation to join in the three days of the Passover feast.
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Fullness and Emptiness, Union and Zen

One of the core concepts that draws me to Christianity and inspires my spiritual walk today is its integration of both fullness and emptiness, a theme that is on full display during the Lenten season. We find fullness in the metaphor of baptism and emptiness in the proverbial wilderness.
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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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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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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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