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Repentance in the early Church

The call to a change of heart and a change of life was a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, of his forerunner, John the Baptist, and of his apostles. And the Lenten season, which has been part of the ...



How to get ready for LentFather Steve Grunow

"In these days, therefore, let us add something beyond ordinary expectations of our service. Let each one, over and above the measure prescribed, offer God something of his own freewill in the joy of ...

Repentance: A response to the Father's love and forgivenessFather Graham R. Golden, Opraem

As we enter Lent we are welcomed by the phrases "repent and believe in the Gospel" or "you are dust and to dust you shall return." These words are spoken as a cross of ashes is placed on our foreheads. As ...

The Fra Angelico GuildThomas Lester

On Sept. 20, 1939, a group of 10 Catholic artists met at a studio located at 3 Joy Street in Boston, with the intention of forming an organization that would help spread knowledge of Christian art. They ...

Prayer of repentanceEffie Caldarola

Lord Jesus, Lent presents me with the opportunity -- and the obligation -- to examine where my life is modeling your example and where I am failing to help bring about the kingdom of God. Help me to ...

The New CreationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today's Epistle. ...

The impact of a simple cardboard boxDebbie Rambo

Much of the work that we do at Catholic Charities is aimed at helping those in need within our own community. But struggles do not merely exist in Massachusetts, almost half the world -- over three billion ...

The Smartphone: The best and the brightest's plague on our childrenKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The best minds of this generation are not going into the Peace Corps, politics, religious life and certainly not into teaching. They have taken their education, their talents and their energy off to California's ...

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic identityGeorge Weigel

A few weeks before Ash Wednesday, an Associated Press squib with Lenten implications appeared in the Washington Post sports section: * YANKEES: New York's Class AA affiliate in Trenton, N.J., will change ...