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March 27th, 2015
...rosary on Friday. About a century or two later, Lent came into being, as a season of intense preparation for Easter, so the fasting and abstinence was extended to much of Lent. The Second Vatican Council simplified many Catholic customs and laws....
March 21st, 2015
...at someone is there for him. Is there value in that? I’ll offer it to you for reflection. But what does this have to do with fasting? You may recall that in a much earlier post I noted that God has been very clear in what is expected of us in our...
March 11th, 2015
...excluded are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting. So simply put, use common sense and apply another form of penance instead of fasting like...
February 20th, 2015
...y setup line. It’s Lent that I’m talking about. Lent. And it’s come just at the right time. This Lent I am fasting from autopilot. I’m taking account of my life, and I’m going to look at it from the ground up—the...
February 16th, 2015
Reflections on fasting for your journey through Lent
...“Question Box: Should I Fast if I have an Eating Disorder?” by Mike Hayes I have a rather odd question regarding fasting during Lent while dealing with an eating disorder. Fasting (not eating) is very easy, yet could do me more harm than...
August 7th, 2014
...you’re going to win here? But now that I’ve been on this trip, the physical state of Jesus speaks to me. He was fasting, which means he was starving. He was tired. Maybe the Devil thought this would be his best shot? Cheers ensued. A...
April 17th, 2014
Lenten Facebook Fast
...rizing all of these things in the all-too-viral Internet list. The Top Five Things I’ve Learned From My Lenten Facebook Fast Fasting from technology creates a hunger for “real life” experiences. There were many times when I missed something that...
April 7th, 2014
Videos from CRS' Rice Bowl Program share young adult's Lenten experiences
...after the Lent.” — Despina Bubaris, Marywood University Lenten fast   On her practice of sun-up to sun-down fasting: “Lent is showing me the power of God. I went into this process with fear, but that fear turned into strength....
March 21st, 2014
.... It wasn’t long until Church leaders began encouraging abstinence from meat on certain days as well. (The required days for fasting (eating less) and abstinence from meat have varied over the centuries.) These practices of self-denial are...
March 18th, 2014
A reminder of why we're doing Lent
...ness goals with Hail Mary sit-ups or to lose weight by giving up pastries. Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman MFVA, describes Lenten fasting as “a way of preparation or as a means to deny ourselves or to decrease our selfish will so that the will of Christ...
March 5th, 2014
Saying "No" to Snacks, Soda, and Sweets this Lent
...pretty much anything other than just my three meals a day. But why do this? Well, it basically all comes down to the idea of fasting. Overall, we fast as a way to give back to God and as an act of solidarity with those who may not have access to the...
March 4th, 2014
Does "adding something" really add to your Lenten experience? How traditional sacrifice can bring you closer to God
...hat spirit, it feels right for us to sacrifice something as if in the desert — to get down to the basics of prayer and fasting and reflect on the coming crucifixion. We don’t have to sacrifice in the same old Catholic ways. Today we can...
March 3rd, 2014
...Abstinence From meat (just to be clear, married folks). We are required to abstain from meat on all of the Fridays of Lent. Fasting (defined as only one small meatless meal or the equivalent of one small meatless meal spaced throughout the day) is...
September 6th, 2013
Tips for Fasting for Peace
...Pope Francis is calling everyone to a day of prayer and fasting for peace Saturday, September 7. Here’s what you need to know. Click here or on the image below for a downloadable PDF....
September 4th, 2013
Pope Francis asks us to fast for peace in Syria this Saturday, September 7
...religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.” Some will ask, what good fasting will do? Well, prayer and fasting aren’t done to magically change situations. They are done in order to change us....
March 4th, 2013
...fair wages. (CNS photo/Jim West) This year I’m not fasting during Lent. Period. Not because I’ve given up on the concept of fasting as spiritually edifying. Not because I’m the worst faster in the long and storied history of fasting (which, by the...
February 18th, 2013
...Lent was a time for personal conversion leading up to Easter, during which Christians practiced the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying and almsgiving to strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their ultimate dependence...
February 6th, 2013
...is prevalent in my life that does not allow me to follow Christ? • What type of penance might be the best response? Prayer? Fasting? Almsgiving? Works of Mercy? • If I choose to turn to prayer, what type of prayer would be most helpful? How often?...
January 4th, 2013
...ood has long played a role in our faith, especially during Lent. We abstain from certain foods, such as meat, and spend time fasting. This practice can provide us with a deeper religious experience by joining us with people throughout the world who...
March 26th, 2012
Reaching out to a growing number of hungry people
...ues: one that is certainly societal but also spiritual. This Lent, many Catholics will participate in the traditional Lenten fasting. While this practice is highly encouraged, for many across the United States, going without food is not a choice. In...
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