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  • Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten Season
    Ash Wednesday services usher in the Lenten season
    Many churches around the world celebrated Ash Wednesday on March 5, 2014. I attended service at St. Vincent Ferrer in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Although parts of the service, including the homily, were in Visayan, I nevertheless felt a sense of...
  • Ash Wednesday Around the World
    Ash Wednesday Around the World
    Ash Wednesday begins the Christian season of Lent as Christians look to the Passion of the Christ preparing to commemorate his death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Millions of Christians around the world celebrated Ash...
  • The season of Lent has begun: Celebrate Ash Wednesday with a repentant heart
    The season of Lent has begun: Celebrate Ash Wednesday with a repentant heart
    Ash Wednesday is a traditional holy day celebration within the Catholic faith. The beginning of the season referred to as Lent starts on “Ash Wednesday”. This is a time of fasting, penance and religious reflection. This is the first...
  • Mardi Gras
    The real challenge of Ash Wednesday
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me, (Mt. 16:24).I missed Mardi Gras this year. I was hoping to do something fun on Fat Tuesday, but all I did was work...
  • Blessing of the Ashes
    Blessing of the Ashes: Ash Wednesday, dies cenerum,
    Today is dies cinerum, Day of Ashes, an ancient tradition that starts the Lenten or fasting period leading up to Easter. The earliest mention of the custom of Christianity is recorded in the general observances of the Synod of Beneventum in 1091....
  • For Ash Wednesday, call on Sen. Portman to remember the poor and jobless
    For Ash Wednesday, call on Sen. Portman to remember the poor and jobless
    Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian tradition: 40 days of fasting and repentance. The prophet Isaiah makes clear what approach to fasting is pleasing to God:Is this not the fast that I choose:to loose the...
  • Ash Wednesday
    Pope Francis' Ash Wednesday message: 'Lent is a time for penance and charity'
    March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Catholic Lenten Season, and during his General Audience address, Pope Francis declared “Lent as a time for penance and charity” according to Vatican News.Catholics worldwide flocked to church...
  • Ash Wednesday and Lent
    Ash Wednesday and Lent
    Today we begin the 40 days of Lent withAsh Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is when many Christians go to church and receive ashes. For Catholics, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but still encouraged to go.Catholics should not eat meat on Ash...
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    Prescriptions for the enlightened soul
    Have you ever experienced that spiritual high after attending a retreat, a talk, a recollection or something of that sort that you wish you can stay there forever? I would call that the post-Transfiguration syndrome! Remember when Peter, James and...
  • The journey begins: Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent
    The journey begins: Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent
    As Mardi Gras kicks into high gear in New Orleans, Christians around the world begin the journey of Lent, the 40 days before Easter Sunday.As a cradle Catholic, Lent has always been a part of my spiritual journey to Easter. You can learn more...
  • Monday carnival parade on March 3, 2014 in Mainz, Germany
    Lent: It is not just for Catholics
    According to Dennis Bratcher, writing for "The Voice," Lent is not just for Catholics. The most sacred time of the year for most Christians is becoming ever more popular with Protestants. Bratcher cites protests against Catholicism and...
  • Fat Tuesday 2014: Paczki’s in high demand as Ash Wednesday, Lent near
    Fat Tuesday 2014: Paczki’s in high demand as Ash Wednesday, Lent near
    Fat Tuesday 2014 is less than 24 hours away, and St. Patrick's Day is two weeks from today. Where does the time go? If you are a fan of those delightfully high fat and calorie paczkis you don’t have to wait until Fat Tuesday to get your...
  • Preparing for Carnival in Brazil
    "Revive Us Again": Lent is a time of fasting and prayer
    While the Polar Vortex continues to pour icy problems on people around the U.S.A. and while political unrest and violence clouds the landscapes of many around the world, March sounds a Clarion call to Christians everywhere to prepare for the...
  • Faith and food
    Lent; A time for faith food and prayer
    This Wednesday begins the season of Lent, the 40 day period of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, and for millions of Christians it’s a time of reflection, prayer, abstinence, and fasting; and also a time when...
  • What is Ash Wednesday
    What is Ash Wednesday
    In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent is the 40-day period of fasting, penance, almsgiving and prayer before Easter. It begins every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday. This year Ash Wednesday falls...