Want to get holy this Lent? There’s an app for that.

Lentsanity by FOCUS

Lentsanity by FOCUS

Lent is upon us, and you may be looking for a way to go deeper in your spiritual life, or maybe you’re just looking for something to pass the time since you gave up social media. Either way, there are a number of apps out there that you can download to your smartphone or tablet to make the most of this holy season.

Daily Lenten Scripture Reading Challenge: A part of the EWTN app, this challenge will help you to read all four Gospels in 40 days, by pulling up a playlist with each day’s reading assignment, starting with the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark is available on the free version, while all four Gospels are available on the paid version of the app.

Lentsanity: This app from FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) offers reminders to abstain from meat each Friday and “The Daily Dose” – a daily thoughts and resources to aid your Lenten journey. Also, their Meat Police: The Lenten Authorities video is highly entertaining. (more…)

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Medical experts approve reported Fulton Sheen miracle

fulton sheenA seven-member board of medical experts have unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Archbishop Sheen is best remembered as the host of the popular 1950s television show “Life is Worth Living.”

The medical panel, assembled by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of the Saints,  reported that they found no natural explanation for the survival of a child who was delivered stillborn, and whose heart did not resume beating until 61 minutes after his birth. The child, James Fulton Engstrom, is now 3 years old and remains in good health.

The next step in the process of beatification involves the review of the cause by a board of Vatican theologians. If approved, the cause would go to the cardinals and bishops who advise the pope on these matters. Lastly, the miracle would be presented to Pope Francis, who may then affirm that God performed a miracle through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen. (more…)

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Catholic Answers to Lenten Questions

lenten-crossThe 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? (more…)

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