So this year, the year of deadly pandemic, I am giving myself up for Lent. I want to spend more time looking outward and less time looking in.
Lent isn’t intended to be a staid, formulaic religious practice, but a fountain of grace that points our hearts, minds, and bodies toward the eternal.
Life can feel furiously fast, but stopping during Lent to take note of our beginning and our end allows us a moment to slow down and breathe in our mortality with comfort.
Both Transfiguration and Lent are fresh opportunities to turn in the direction of the Savior’s voice.
Notre Dame is, in many ways, much closer in the West’s cultural imagination to a Temple of Apollo than a home of the living God.
Did a minor tweak to the application of Roman Catholic law doom the formerly ubiquitous anchovy pizza? And, if so, what can that tell us about religion?
Humans often seem to require dramatic crises to clarify our problems and direct our attention to what is truly paramount. One of the most striking examples is the story of the Jewish people.
We humans often seem to require dramatic crises to clarify our own problems and direct our attention to what is truly paramount.
Lent lingers. It lasts for weeks, requiring patience and a commitment that spans not hours or days but more than a month.
Is this a problem for Christian churches that celebrate Ash Wednesday, calling attention away from a solemn liturgical observance to a lighthearted, sometimes silly secular holiday? No.
It could be that the disciples—a bunch of cowardly goatherds and fishermen—had secret ninja powers. Or just maybe, Jesus actually rose from the grave.
Easter is about more than bunnies and baskets. Here’s how you can transcend the commercial, and spend more time reverently preparing for Easter Sunday.
If you are observing Lent this year, here is a suggested listening list to assist you in your spiritual journey.
Whether you’ve been particularly observant in the past or not, Lent is a wonderful time to delve deeply into the spiritual side of your life, and to enjoy good food with other believers.
The beauty of liturgical piety such as observing Lent is how it formalizes and therefore externalizes perfect faith, keeping it always real and present.
Consider the value of Good Friday from the perspective of a liturgical calendar minimalist
The traditional Christian season of Lent offers an opportunity to prepare our minds and spirits for the church’s greatest celebration: Easter.
We think we know better than history but great danger lies in rejecting Lent’s ancient practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
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