Something new to give up for Lent!

Wow.  Pizza + Cinnabon = ???? A hard-working foodie at Zagat’s decided to check it out: Since its founding in 1985, “Life Needs Frosting” has been the mantra forCinnabon, the bakery synonymous with the gold standard of cinnamon rolls worldwide. But this month, things have taken a savory turn at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall location, a testing [Read More...]

Lent isn’t just for Catholics anymore

A Florida newspaper looks at how some Protestants are observing the season: At almost 7 feet tall, the Rev. Clifford Johnson admits he likes to eat — a lot. Except now. Now, Johnson and many members of his Northside Jacksonville church are in the thick of their 40-day Lenten sacrifice of things like TV, soda, [Read More...]

Homily for March 18, 2012: 4th Sunday of Lent

[Click here for readings.] About 20 years ago, the novelist William Styron took a courageous step, and described his battle with depression in a book called “Darkness Visible.”  Depression is one of those afflictions that millions of us suffer with, but few want to talk about.  The World Health Organization estimates over 120 million people [Read More...]

Sign of the times: fish markets report lower sales during Lent

The story from New Jersey: Leigh Finley was acting like a kid in a candy store, or a traditional Catholic at a fish market during Lent. Scallops, monkfish, shrimp, salmon and other seafood items piled up on the counter here at the Lobster House Fish Market. Finley drove here from Cumberland County on Tuesday just [Read More...]

“To be cool with God”: a young Catholic’s thoughts on confession

Via Matt Weber and Catholic TV, some insight  for Lent — or any time, really: The pope himself has had confession on his mind recently: Confession can help Catholics build lives filled with hope and holiness, which are needed for effective evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said. “New evangelization, therefore, also starts from the confessional,” he [Read More...]

Desert days

Since we often consider Lent to be time spent in the desert, it’s instructive to read what it’s really like to live in a land blighted by drought. Journalist Don Duncan reflects on life in Lebanon.  Think Lent is hard?  Think again: Within a few weeks of my initial move, the hot summer season was [Read More...]

“How can we deacons best serve the common good of all peoples?”

“I have the sense that we Catholics, this Lent, have some serious soul-searching to do during this period of Purification and Enlightenment (as we refer to it in the RCIA).  Anyone who has followed the blogosphere or any number of media outlets covering the latest scandals, the latest lawsuits, the latest public debates on religious [Read More...]

How’s this for a Lenten fast: nothing but beer and water

Yep. J. Wilson did exactly that last year, and reflects on what the experience taught him: About this time last year, I set off down a path that hadn’t been traveled for centuries. I fasted on beer and water for the duration of Lent. While that sounds like a frat boy stunt, my “Diary of [Read More...]

Don’t give up your iPhone: here are some apps for Lent

Need a little help this Lent?  Look no further than your smartphone: We’re a few days into the Lent 2012 season and what a better way to have an excuse tonot give up your iPhone and iPad than collecting a few apps that help, encourage, motivate, and inspire you to give up something else during [Read More...]

Following Mary to Calvary

Every year, my wife and I have the privilege of leading our parish’s Stations of the Cross during Lent, using a version that drives home the humanity of the experience in a profoundly moving way. It’s called “Mary’s Way of the Cross,” by Richard Furey (you can read it all here) and it’s become an [Read More...]


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