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Don’t do Lent cold turkey

Since we are on the subject of “breathing with both lungs lately,” let’s talk about how Eastern rite Catholics practice Lent. Easterners don’t do Lent cold turkey. Maybe because it’s too hard (read on) or maybe because the Slavs are just…

Behold the Lamb of God

At the very heart of the Catholic Mass, the priest turns to the people and lifts up the chalice and consecrated bread that has become the body and blood of Christ. He repeats the words of St. John the Baptist when he saw Jesus coming to him…

Five Ways to Observe Holy Week

1. Attend the Chrism Mass  At Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday or another day near Easter, each diocese’s bishop consecrates the Holy Chrism that will be used throughout the year. Two other oils are also blessed on this occasion; the…

Five Individual Lenten Practices

1. Read the Bible daily. Make time every day to read a passage from Scripture. By daily immersing yourself in the stories and lessons of Scripture, you will better prepare yourself for Easter. If you go to the United States Conference of…

Eight Weeks in the Heart of Spring

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Church’s calendar is genius. In December, when the cold sets in to stay, we don’t mind because the Church gives us Advent and Christmas. When February drives us to despair that the cold will…

Happy Lent

Do you love Lent? I suppose not many of us do. The traditional Lenten practices of almsgiving and fasting are not meant to be pleasant. Suffering and sacrifice are kind of the point. But in some crazy way, I do love Lent. This might make me…