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Lent

A Seasonal Reflection: A Fast From the Unusual

During the season of Lent, we are reminded of Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross to save us from our sins. As we journey toward Easter, we are invited to put aside distractions and focus on prayer. Below, Fr. Philip O’Shea, OFM, encourages readers to take advantage of the new...
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So…what are you giving up for Lent?

By Fr. George Corrigan, OFM Isn’t that always the question? As if that is the reason for the season. Growing up, everything I remember about Lent circled around the acts of self-denial — what food, entertainment, or habit one would give up and how hard it was to deny oneself of...
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The Call to Conversion, Part 2

The following is a continuation a lenten reflection, “The Call to Conversion,” by Fr. Russell Becker, OFM. Part 1 was posted on March 30. Surprise Conversions Everyone receives the call to conversion. There are two people who heard the call and answered. They are the...
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The Call to Conversion, Part 1

The following is Part 1 of a reflection entitled, “The Call to Conversion,” by Fr. Russell Becker, OFM. Part 2 was posted on April 2. Every Ash Wednesday, we hear the words: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” This is presented as the call...
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Spring and Lent

by William DeBiase, OFM The reflection below originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of The Pilgrim, the publication of St. Francis Inn and its ministries. Spring is that time of year when all nature seems to come back to life. It is nature’s time of the year to shout:...
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What Are You Giving Up This Lent?

In our last post, “Return to Me with Your Whole Heart,” Fr. Brian Smail, OFM, shared the following thought, “Very often our Lenten focus revolves around the question: ‘What are you giving up for Lent?’ There is certainly a place for abstaining from...
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Return to Me With Your Whole Heart

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM With these words from the prophet Joel, we found ourselves entering another Lenten season: “Return to me with your whole heart.” The first scripture reading every Ash Wednesday is the prophet’s call to repentence. Joel writes to the people of...
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A Franciscan Perspective on Lent

By Fr. Julian Jagudilla, OFM The season of Lent invites me to examine how the traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving affect my life as a Franciscan friar. I often feel in solidarity with my brother friars who express the fact that, at times, they encounter...
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Lent: Into the Desert

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM The gospels for the First Sunday of Lent each year tell us the story of Jesus’ sojourn in the desert. Each account reveals that it is the Spirit that leads Jesus into the wilderness, where he spends “forty days and forty nights.” During this time, Jesus is...
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