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Preparing for a Good Lent: Almsgiving

"We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God." - Saint Vincent de Paul Believe it or not, tomorrow is already Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Today, we finish our series on preparing...

Preparing for a Good Lent: Penance

"How beautiful, how necessary is penance." - St. Francis of Assisi Penance is an unpopular topic these days. Perhaps it is because we have become soft, even wimpy, valuing comfort over anything else. Maybe it's due to a misguided attempt to seem less rigid and legalistic. Then again, maybe it's really because we don't think we have any sins over which to be penitent. Whatever...

Preparing for a Good Lent: Prayer

Today, we continue our series on how to prepare for a good Lent by focusing on the first of the three pillars: prayer. "Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven." – St. Ephrem of Syria Other...

Preparing for a Good Lent

It's 20 days into Lent. Your firm resolve to give up dessert and be kind to your annoying neighbor is wearing thin. You've missed your prayers three days in a row, even though you firmly committed to pray for at least 30 minutes each day. You're invited to a dinner party where steak is served--- but it's on a Friday. As you walk...