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Holy Week in the Holy Land

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Holy Land

The greatest pilgrimage of all – that of Our Lord on His way to the Cross – took place in and around the modern city of Jerusalem. The steps He took for our salvation nearly 2000 years ago can be retraced even today. The sites He made holy are surrounded by celebration and throughout the … Read More

Burying the Alleluia

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

The penitential season of Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year. However, throughout the centuries, a pre-Lenten season has been celebrated in various cultures and with various traditions. Many are familiar with the names of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) or Carnival and the revelry associated with this pre-Lenten period. … Read More

Tongue-in-cheek look at 6 reasons why I ‘hate’ Lent

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

(Cory Busse, OSV Newsweekly) This morning, my 10-year-old showed me an infographic on Lent. An infographic. On Lent. There’s nothing quite like the innocence of a child and an illustrated guide to fasting and abstinence to remind me of all the reasons no one genuinely looks forward to this time of year. Here are six … Read More

Pope Francis: Ash Wednesday homily

R RLast Updated: February 19th, 2015Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in the Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hilll in Rome on Wednesday afternoon – Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the great penitential season of Lent. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of the text the Holy Father prepared for the occasion. ******************** As … Read More

The Priest’s Own Lent: Prayer, fasting, almsgiving for the good of the faithful

R RLast Updated: September 15th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

(The Priest, OSV)  The most significant annual opportunities for spiritual attention and renewal for Christians naturally correspond to the busiest and most hectic times of year for the Church’s ministers, who labor to provide the faithful with the spiritual resources they need to respond more fully to God’s call to holiness and conversion. Lent is … Read More