Today, 22 February, is Ash Wednesday - a day that reminds us of the reality of death. As we begin the season of Lent, we recieve the ashes on our forehead as a reminder that our time on earth is limited. Watch this video for a reflection on Ash Wednesday.
It is that time of year again; Lent is just round the corner, taking us by surprise, still recovering as many of us are from the Christmas season. Once more, before Ash Wednesday, we need to think of what to give up for Lent, and what to take up for the penitential season. According to Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, the single best thing a lay Catholic could do is to go to daily Mass. This is a wonderful habit and one that deserves every encouragement. Visit this article to read more.
The 2012 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, 22 February. Lent invites us to turn from our sins and grow in our faith. Listen to this reflection by Fr. Tom Rosica, as he explores the meaning of Lent, and the significance of the '40-Day' time period.
Whilst teaching her students Jane received a text to call her family back as soon as possible. As a result her students got a great lesson about life, death and faith and it was a lesson she will never forget.
At 6 PM Eastern Time today, February 20, 2012, “Ask A Monk” goes live for the first time. From his monastery Brother Sebastian will be using chat software to provide spiritual advice to anyone who visits the Catholic Exchange homepage and clicks on the “Ask A Monk” chat button.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of what traditionally was called "Shrovetide," the week preceding the beginning of Lent. The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began in England, where families would deplete their eggs, milk, butter and fat, which were part of the Lenten fast. Although Catholics are no longer required to give up these ingredients during lent, the practice of having pancakes continues as a cultural recognition of the feast day.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We focus on these three things during Lent to help us grow in our faith during our 40 day journey to Easter. Visit this article about Lenten Customs, which explains why Catholics follow the practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving during Lent.
Over the weekend, we celebrated the annual World Day of the Sick - a day to remember those who suffer from sickness of any kind. Watch this video for a reflection on the affection that Catholic Church has for those who are sick and suffering.
Jesus Christ’s healing of the leper in the Gospel of Mark encapsulates the whole history of salvation, said Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday Angelus address on 12 February. Visit this article to read about the Holy Father's reflection for Sunday's Gospel.
The Gospel at Mass for Sunday 12 February 2012, is about the healing of a leper. Listen to the words of Pope Benedict XVI, as he reflects on this Gospel passage.
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