“Through fasting and praying, we allow Him to come and satisfy the deepest hunger that we experience in the depths of our being: the hunger and thirst for God.” – Pope Benedict
The season of Lent is quickly approaching! In addition to abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, it is encouraged to make an individual sacrifice that will help you grow in holiness during this season. If you’re still stumped on what to give up (or take on) for Lent this year, check out these lists to help you make the most of this holy season:
Catholic School Chronicle has a list of 101 Practical Fasting Ideas for Lent. This list helps you match your sacrifice with your own personal spiritual state. It has ideas for those in need of spiritual nourishment, those who need to be more grateful, those with lives out of balance, and more!
Catholic All Year has a list called Outside the Box: 66 Things to Give Up or Take Up for Lent (In Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). What’s great about this list is that it has ideas for personal sacrifices, but tailored to what you want (or are able) to take on this Lent. So whether you want to really dive into Lent or feel like you can barely sacrifice anything else in your life, Catholic All Year is here to help! (more…)
Ash Wednesday is March 5 this year – and if you are looking for a way to deepen your spiritual life this Lent, Fr. Robert Barron has you covered.
Fr. Barron is offering free, daily Lenten meditations that will be sent straight to your inbox each day. In addition to the daily reflections, subscribers will have access to exclusive video content from Fr. Robert Barron, one of the greatest evangelizers of our day.
Join more than 16,000 who have already subscribed, and sign-up today at LentReflections.com!
Photo source: L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO/AP
Today marks one year since Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world – with his announcement that he would abdicate the papacy due to his advanced age and failing strength.
Much has happened in the Catholic Church in one year, as this resignation led to the election of Pope Francis – who has captured the attention and affection of Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world. A prolific writer, Benedict XVI gave a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and guidance to the Church during his pontificate, and even through his resignation, provided a unique opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work.
John L. Allen, Jr. at The Boston Globe has an excellent reflection on Pope Benedict’s resignation, and how it set the stage in a unique way for a man like Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (a Latin American Jesuit with no Vatican experience) to be elected bishop of Rome. Allen wrote:
“Pope Francis is shaking things up in the Catholic Church to such an extent that many talk about a ‘Francis revolution.’ Yet the single most revolutionary act committed by any pope in at least the last 600 years fell exactly one year ago … and it wasn’t Francis who did it. … Francis wins plaudits for his humble nature, but Benedict’s act was arguably the zenith of papal humility.”
Read the full article at The Boston Globe.