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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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Live Lent with Courage, Pope Urges Christians

Last edited 24th February 2012

As he observed Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to live the 40 days of Lent with faith and patience, aware that God will bring light, truth and joy into the darkness.


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Pope Explains the Significance of Lent and Ash Wednesday

Last edited 22nd February 2012

During the Pope's general audience, Benedict XVI talked about the meaning of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The Pope explained the significance of having 40 days of Lent. He also described it as a time for “spiritual renovation.”


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"Remember That You Are Dust, And To Dust You Shall Return"

Last edited 22nd February 2012

When you attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, you may hear the following when receiving the ashes: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return". We are reminded that this earthly life is not forever, rather we are aiming for eternal life in Heaven. Remember this during Lent, as you give up things of the flesh, for a greater good. Watch this video for more.

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Living Lent - Advice from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Last edited 22nd February 2012

Lent has been part of the Church's life for at least the past 1700 years. It began as a period of special preparation for adults being baptized during the Easter vigil. Gradually it became a period of penance and conversion for public sinners and also for devout members of the community. So what is the purpose of Lent today?


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"40 Days" - A Song for Lent by Matt Maher

Last edited 23rd January 2013

This music clip follows Jesus each day as He struggles through His 40 day fast in the desert. Lent is an opportunity to share in this experience with Jesus. Challenge yourself this Lent - will the next 40 days change your life?


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The Reality of Death - A Reflection for Ash Wednesday

Last edited 22nd February 2012

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.

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The Best Thing a Catholic Can Do for Lent is To Go To Mass Every Day

Last edited 20th February 2012

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.

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