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You Can’t “Fast” from Facebook – The Three Kinds of Lent Fasting

Fans of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual exercises will enjoy the three kinds of fasts, but more importantly, why there is no such thing as “fasting” from facebook.

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Ever Get Tempted to Give up Catholics for Lent?

I get a little edgier this time of year every year now. It’s because of the stupid, vapid advice I see repeated about lent. The Forum has posted a lot of good posts about lent on social channels recently. One was this piece of gold by Cindy Paslawski. In it, she asks whether traditional lent is optional. And she…

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Lent Day 46: Easter Eve — The Entombment.

Easter Eve — The Entombment. Read St. Luke xxiii.  50-56. [50] And behold there was a man named Joseph, who was a counsellor, a good and just man, [51] (The same had not consented to their counsel and doings;) of Arimathea, a city of Judea; who also himself looked for the kingdom of God. [52]…

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icon of St. Mary of Egypt. Above her is Our Lord in the heavens, but it appears that cabbages makes the clouds beneath Him. Scenes depict her life, including Zosimas's burial aided by the lion

Good Friday Audio: The Story of St. Mary of Egypt

If you are looking for something fruitful to consider on Good Friday today, in addition to the Stations of the Cross and the lent meditations we have, this little audio is a refreshing story of just what Christ purchased by suffering the Cross, the spitting, the insults, and death for us. In the prayers for…

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Lent Day 45: Good Friday — The Descent from the Cross.

Good Friday — The Descent from the Cross. Read St.  Mark xv.  38-46.  [38] And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom. [39] And the centurion who stood over against him, seeing that crying out in this manner he had given up the ghost, said: Indeed this…

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Lent Day 44: Maundy Thursday— Jesus’ Mystical Death in the Blessed Eucharist.

Maundy Thursday— Jesus’ Mystical Death in the Blessed Eucharist. Read St. John xix.  34-37. [34] But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. [35] And he that saw it, hath given testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true;…

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Lent Day 43: Wednesday in Holy Week — The Death of Jesus.

 The Death of Jesus. Read St. Luke xxiii.  45-48.  [45] And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. [46] And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost. [47] Now the…

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Lent Day 42: Tuesday in Holy Week— The Thirst upon the Cross.

The Thirst upon the Cross. Read St. John xix.  28, 29. [28] Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. [29] Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his…

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Lent Day 41: Monday in Holy Week — The Dereliction of Jesus on the Cross.

The Dereliction of Jesus on the Cross. Read St.  Mark xv.  33-36. [33] And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour. [34] And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God,…

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Lent Day 40: The Sixth Sunday in Lent — Jesus Commends His Disciples to His Holy Mother’s Care.

Jesus Commends His Disciples to His Holy Mother’s Care. Read St. John xix.  25-27. [25] Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. [26] When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother:…

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