Posts Tagged ‘fasting’

The Penitential Practices of Lent

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Lenten season is a time for getting our lives in order and turned in the right direction as together the Church makes the ascent up to Jerusalem and the Upper Room and Calvary and the empty tomb. It is a calling to conversion and preparation, including traditional penitential practices. For example, in addition to […] [Read more]

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]

Proclaim a Fast

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we hear on Ash Wednesday, with the prophet Joel saying to us, “Proclaim a fast!” With this instruction, the Church begins the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Lenten Penitential Practice of Fasting

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Why does the Church say that we ought to give up something for Lent, including abstaining from meat on Fridays and fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday? In his Letter to the Romans which we heard at Mass last Sunday, Saint Paul urges us to live not according to the flesh, with a concern […] [Read more]

Return to the Lord with Your Whole Heart, for He is Merciful

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Today in many of our churches, the words, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel,” from the Gospel of Mark (1:15) will be repeated as Catholics have their foreheads signed with ashes to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.  This holy […] [Read more]

Joined in a Prayer for Peace

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As you may know, Pope Francis has proclaimed tomorrow, September 7, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. He reminds us that peace is a precious gift that needs to be promoted and protected. As citizens of the United States, we have particular responsibility in […] [Read more]

Lent – Giving Up Something for Christ

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Lent brings us face to face, once again, with the time-honored practice of “giving up” something for the 40 days that lead to the Church’s great celebration of our redemption in the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Almost intuitively, we recognize our need for some sacrifice, some spiritual discipline in a world and life […] [Read more]