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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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Lenten Reflection by Fr. Tom Rosica: It Took Forty Days

Last edited 21st February 2012

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.

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The Call in Class

Last edited 18th October 2012

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.

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“Ask A Monk” Online!

Last edited 20th February 2012

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.

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History of Shrove Tuesday

Last edited 21st February 2012

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.

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