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.
Heart shaped chocolates and teddy bears have become a symbol of 14th February in the commercial world. But in an age where everything has become increasingly secularised, it is important to use ideas from the culture around us and reflect on the spiritual side of Valentine’s Day! The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has released a resource kit for parishes, families, students and youth ministers to get the most out of St. Valentine's Day.
The Enneagram, a system which purportedly analyzes personality types and is used in some Catholic circles for spiritual orientation, has long been rejected by the Catholic Church. It continues to be used by some Catholics, but as a recent article in Catholic World Report explains it is fundamentally flawed.
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