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Almsgiving

Last edited 2nd March 2012

Of the three marks of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — almsgiving is surely the most neglected.

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Idolatry - A Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

Last edited 14th December 2012

The 10 Commandments provided a foundation for a lot of Western Society. But how often do you think about these Commandments? The First Commandment, "I am the LORD your God, You shall have no other gods before me", is the most fundamental Commandment of them all. Why? Because everything will flow from what you worship.

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You Don't Know Jack!...About Lent

Last edited 29th January 2013

What is Lent? What are the three practices the Church suggests we do during Lent based on the teachings of Jesus? Why do Catholics eat fish on Fridays and why is it called "Good" Friday, anyway?

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What Are Sins of Omission?

Last edited 26th February 2012

When we go to confession, we often focus on the things that we have done wrong. But what about the good that we have omitted? Watch this video to find out more.

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Charity, the Very Heart of Christian Life: Reflecting on the Pope's 2012 Message for Lent

Last edited 24th February 2012

Every year the Holy Father writes a message for Lent. This year, Pope Benedict XVI focussed on the topic of charity and good works, which is at the very heart of Christian life. Watch this video to reflect on the Holy Father's words.

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What to Give Up for Lent: 20 Weird Ideas

Last edited 24th February 2012

Ready to move beyond just giving up chocolate? LifeTeen has compiled a list of 'weird' things to do for lent. The best part is that even though they’re a bit odd, they will actually help you to be holy! Don’t forget that Lent is about stretching ourselves. It’s about doing something that’s uncomfortable in order to deny our “flesh” and make more room for God. Have a holy Lent.

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USCCB Reflection on Fasting: Friday 24 February 2012

Last edited 24th February 2012

This video, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website, reflects on the Gospel for Friday 24 February 2012, which looks at the requirements for fasting. Why do we fast in Lent? Why didn't the disciples of Jesus fast in today's Gospel passage? How much fasting should we do?

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The Key to True Fasting

Last edited 23rd February 2012

Fridays in Lent have traditionally been held as a day of fasting. But why? A non-believer can diet and fast, so why is it special? According to Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington: "what we must seek is true fasting, spiritual fasting that is far richer than merely abstaining from food."

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Ash Wednesday 2012 - Homily by Cardinal George Pell and Project Compassion Launch

Last edited 22nd February 2012

Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, launched the Caritas Australia annual "Project Compassion" campaign, during Ash Wednesday Mass on 22 February 2012. Listen to the Cardinal's Ash Wednesday Homily in this video.

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Stations of the Forests: A Resource for Lent by the Columban Mission Society

Last edited 24th February 2012

Following the format of The Stations of the Cross, this prayerful resource laments the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change.

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