Lent? Already?

Time for fasting and medation.

Living Adventurously

We actually have a longer break than usual between Christmas and Lent this year, but, yes, it is time to be thinking about Lent!

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5th this year, and Easter is on April 20. In between–Lent (well, and the Triduum. Technically Lent ends on Holy Thursday before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.)

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For adult Catholics (as in, those who have to fast and abstain): We abstain from meat every Friday of Lent, as well as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of fasting, which means that we eat one “regular” meal and two smaller meals that do not, together, equal a full meal. (In monastic parlance, these smaller meals are sometimes called collations). Here’s what the USCCB says about fast and abstinence: 

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Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for…

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii

The Pope commented that in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “’You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill … But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement’. And whoever insults his brother, kills him in his heart; whoever gossips maliciously about his brother, kills him in his heart. Perhaps we are not aware of this … we gossip about this and that … and this is what is means to kill one’s brother. To understand one’s brother, to understand people, means to love, and to forgive: it is to understand, to forgive, and to be patient”.
http://www.visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/02/pope-francis-gossip-can-kill.html

Beyond Prayer

The beauty of the Mass is that it becomes an experience beyond description. It means more than we can ever understand it to mean, more than just words. At Mass, we pray with our whole selves: body, mind, and spirit.

— from Catholic Update Guide to Prayer

Common Strands

Prayer is a one-to-one relationship with God, a loving Father, as we experience him. It is, in effect, all about my life with him. At the same time, however personal it may be, true Christian prayer has certain basic common strands because it involves a community from which no one is excluded.

— from Catholic Update Guide to Prayer