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February 20th, 2015

It was but one short year ago when I first noticed a disturbing trend of confusion and absent-mindedness as I went about my daily affairs. One afternoon I poured myself a delightful cup of English Breakfast tea, added a little drop of milk, and then…

February 19th, 2015

…back toward God. Hence the three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These observances help us turn away from whatever has distracted or derailed us and to turn back to God. Giving up something for Lent is ultimately a form of fas…

February 16th, 2015
Reflections on fasting for your journey through Lent

…o rebuild? I’ll just wait until next year. (Because 40 days of fasting only comes around once a year, right?) So, mindset matters. Commitment matters, too. But it’s funny, because God has already told us exactly what God has in mind regarding fasting

August 7th, 2014

It started as an inspirational speech in my living room. My close friends were seated on our couch, the victimized listeners. Sam was in town from Peru, and we were discussing our plan to visit him in six months. We all agreed that if we were spendi…

April 17th, 2014
Lenten Facebook Fast

Well, I did it. In just a few days, I’ll be breaking my Lenten Facebook fast. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this being the end. In a way, I’m excited to get back to the things I’ve missed about Facebook. On the other hand, this time has…

April 7th, 2014
Videos from CRS' Rice Bowl Program share young adult's Lenten experiences

CRS Rice Bowl. You might read those words, click on the link, and think that you’re headed toward a tasty recipe on Pinterest. Or a trendy new restaurant. No, not quite. CRS stands for Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian ag…

March 27th, 2014

Q: 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 good. I want to practice according to the Church’s teaching, yet I want to…

March 21st, 2014

…ooks of the Bible encourage the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 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 f…

March 18th, 2014
A reminder of why we're doing Lent

“The Glory of Christ” by Stephen B. Whatley (CNS photo/Stephen B. Whatley)You might have heard the phrase during a typical Catholic high school dance. The chaperone would diligently separate hormonal teenagers on the dance floor by yell…

March 5th, 2014
Saying "No" to Snacks, Soda, and Sweets this Lent

For Lent this year, I’m cutting snacks, soda, and sweets in general out of my diet. What that means for me is not just refraining from eating sugary foods and drinking soda, but also from eating pretty much anything other than just my three me…

March 4th, 2014

Stay tuned! Busted Halo’s® FAST PRAY GIVE Lent Calendar will be back in early February in time for Lent 2015. In the meantime, you can share bustedhalo.com/lent far and wide — that’s where you’ll find our Lent Calendar and links to new d…

March 4th, 2014
Does "adding something" really add to your Lenten experience? How traditional sacrifice can bring you closer to God

If you’re up on all those Catholic trends, this scenario has probably played out during the last couple Lents: You turn down a beer or dessert, explaining that you’ve given it up for these next 40 days. Your Catholic friend smiles tolera…

March 3rd, 2014

Are you stumped / confused / intimidated / flat out terrified by Lent? Have no fear! Your favorite convert comes to the rescue with the basics for Lenten newbies and some words of comfort for the journey. If this is your first time observing Lent in…

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

…er 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. The poor in Syria need our voice. And for us to be tied more clo…

March 4th, 2013

…rmarket for 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 (whic…

February 18th, 2013
February 6th, 2013

Banner outside New Jersey parish invites people back to church. (CNS photo/Joanne Ward, Catholic Spirit)It’s that time of the year again. Most Christians have to face an important decision in their lives — what to “give up” for Lent. Last ye…

January 4th, 2013

…t. 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 struggle to survive. Fasting is an opportunity to be in solidar…

March 26th, 2012
Reaching out to a growing number of hungry people

…ent, 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 addition to fasting, take some time to reflect on those who ar…

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