Q. I have always observed the fast and abstinence rules during Lent, but this year I find myself in a weird situation. Last summer, I decided no longer to eat any animal products — a decision I made for my health. So abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent is no longer a sacrifice for […]
As part of a Catholic airport chaplain program, Catholic priests like Father Samperi distributed ashes to more than 200 travelers in the span of two hours, including flight attendants and captains in between flights.
Connecting the dots between the Jesus of the Gospels and the Jesus of history is never easy, according to Mark Goodacre, a religious studies professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who is one of several religion scholars featured on-camera on the second season of “Finding Jesus,” to be seen 9-10 p.m. Eastern time Sundays beginning March 5 on CNN.
1858 – 1955 March 3 The daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia banker, Katharine received marriage proposals but wanted to become a contemplative nun. After inheriting a fortune, she visited the Dakotas and witnessed American Indians’ poverty, subsequently pleading with Pope Leo XIII to send them more missionaries. But he and others encouraged her to found […]
Fasting, which has deep roots in many religious traditions, is meant to draw participants into deeper prayer and also link them with those in need. Not only is it one of the three pillars of spiritual practice along with prayer and almsgiving, but it also bookends the period of preparation for Easter.
Rice Bowl strives to help U.S. Catholics enter their Lenten journey of encountering themselves and God more deeply by focusing efforts on how they encounter others.
Almost half of adult Catholics, 45 percent, typically receive ashes — made from the burned and blessed palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday — at Ash Wednesday services, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
Q: Every year as Lent approaches I think about what I should be doing during this holy season, maybe something new. Do you have any suggestions? A: How about serving as an ambassador for Christ? The Eucharist of Ash Wednesday reminds us of our call to serve as ambassadors as we hear St. Paul telling […]
Moral rectitude, the concrete living out of the Christian way, especially when it is done in an heroic manner, can move even the most hardened unbeliever to faith, and the truth of this principle has been proven again and again over the centuries.
Q: Genesis 2:3 says that, after creating the universe, God “rested from all the work he had done.” Since the church has always viewed the seventh day (Sunday) as holy, a day of rest and worship, is it right to go shopping on Sunday (which means that store clerks have to work on that day)? […]
“Lent, as a penitential season, has been a teacher for thousands of years of the fruitfulness of self-discipline,” Sister Esther Mary Nickel, associate director of the Sioux City Diocese’s Office of Worship, said. “It is a fruitfulness that flourishes in a deeper love of God, which pours out also into love of neighbor.”
“The family is the indispensable crucible in which spouses, parents and children … learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolved not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other,” Pope Francis wrote.