The season of Lent starts this week, and is a beautiful time to prepare our hearts to commemorate Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This time of year, we get many questions about why Catholic do certain things during Lent, and where certain traditions come from. If you have a question about Lent (or anything related to Catholicism), we certainly hope listening to Immaculate Heart Radio can help answer your questions. We also encourage you to ask your questions on any of our live call-in shows, like Catholic Answers Live (which airs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Pacific) or Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Madrid (which airs from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Pacific).
However, for those who prefer their answers in written word, below are some links from Catholic Answers that answer commonly-asked Lenten questions. We hope it will help you grow in understanding and appreciation of our rich Catholic heritage.
How is Easter Sunday determined? Palm Sunday? Ash Wednesday?
Why do Catholics practice fasting and abstinence during Lent?
Why do Catholics eat fish on the Fridays of Lent?
How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent?
Does abstinence from meat include animal byproducts, such as eggs, cheese and milk?
For a quick but comprehensive explanation of Ash Wednesday and Lent, Jimmy Akin wrote two articles for the National Catholic Register last year, which are a great resource:
9 things you need to know about Ash Wednesday
9 things you need to know about Lent