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As we walk through the last days of Lent preceding Holy Week, let’s keep our eyes on Christ who endured 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness. And as we look ascend Calvary with Him, let us persevere in prayer: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his [...]
The Church has a beautiful Lenten tradition in which Holy Mass is celebrated each day in a different “Stational Church” in Rome. The Pontifical North American College includes the schedule for these liturgies on their site. If you’re heading on pilgrimage any time soon, you definitely want to look into this. For those who can’t make it [...]
Throughout this holy season of fasting and prayer, the Vatican will keep their Lenten Resources Word has it that the Holy Father will also be posting a daily message on Twitter for the next 40 days. Sign up to follow him!
Ready for Lent? As you prepare for the start of the holy season of prayer and fasting, check out CUF’s Lenten Resources page.
The Crucifixion from Korzenna (Wikimedia Commons) “…but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness–his testimony is [...]
Psalm 21 (22 in current numbering), from the Albani Psalter. (source) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but thou dost not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet [...]
One of my colleagues reminded me about Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals and his liturgically-colored sauces. Here’s his Burgandy Sauce–a meat sauce in the liturgical color of purple–perfect for Lent and Advent. (Not to be eaten on Fridays in Lent, he adds!) Grace Before Meals stresses the importance of family meals–”A family that [...]
Around Ash Wednesday, the CUF office typically begins receiving questions about the Church’s Lenten practices–especially her laws of fast and abstinence. Those are good questions, and we have answers available online. But another topic that also comes up within the office–and one that relates to how we understand and process the Church’s teachings and disciplines–is [...]
Some good Lenten advice–and any-time-of-the-year advice–from Fr. Dwight Longenecker. . . . we must take sin seriously. The reality of the devil must be admitted, and, especially during Lent, we must enter the spiritual battle wearing our full armor. All I am suggesting is that part of that armor should be the swift arrows of [...]
With Lent beginning tomorrow, I wanted to post a refresher of several great Lenten resources available on the CUF website. Last year’s post answers a number of FAQs we get here at the office. It includes links to our Lenten Faith Facts (Lent’s discipline and history, Lenten traditions in the home, fasting and abstinence, and [...]
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