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The Silent Resistance

By: Peter Strickland For Lent, I decided I would stop playing with my phone. I want to break the incessant habit of looking at my phone every time I have reason to do anything else. I have realized that I am addicted to looking at that little screen. Any break I get at class, I immediately look at my phone. Sometimes, it is impossible to resist t...

04 18 2019

Mourning Came, and Fasting Followed

The pillars of our Lenten season are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The point of doing these not-so-pleasant things is to have our routine shaken up a bit, to disrupt our self-centered and self-serving habits so that we can turn ourselves toward the Lord as we prepare for Easter. Here, we'll focus specifically on fasting and how it fits into the ...

04 16 2019

Awaken Our Souls this Lent

By: Jason M. Schreder The days of Lent recall Jesus’ time in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) where he fasted, prayed and was “tested” in preparation for his mission as the Messiah to heal the broken wounds of Israel, to bring the Kingdom of God into the world, and to defeat the enemies of Israel through a self-emptying love on the Cross (CCC 538...

04 01 2019

What I’m Giving Up For Lent This Year: Control

One of the most noticeable changes in the liturgical calendar following the Second Vatican Council was the removal of the pre-lenten season of Septuagesima. This short season consisting of only three Sundays - Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima - served a preparatory function as the Church embarked on the penances of Lent. The Gloria cease...

03 09 2019

Rising from the Ashes

As we begin this forty days’ Lenten journey – what Eastern Orthodoxy aptly calls “Forty Nights of Bright Darkness” – it is a good thing to reflect upon the meaning of those ashes placed upon our foreheads in the sign of the Cross with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It is good to recall why we mou...

03 06 2019

How A Muslim Convinced Me Our Lents Are Too Soft

I officiate a lot of basketball games. One year I worked about 225 games in the six months between October 1 and April 1. To put that in perspective, college basketball teams play 30-35 games in a season, while NBA teams play 82 games during their regular season (the longest regular season in all of basketball) during roughly the same timeframe. Do...

03 10 2018

Don’t Just Give Things Up, Give Them Away

The "three pillars" of Lent have a beautiful logic to them.  The first pillar is prayer because prayer unites us to God and prepares us to receive Him.  The second is fasting, which is a conscious denial to the flesh, disciplining the appetites and joining us more to Christ.  It has the added benefit of uniting us in shared suffering, which ...

03 07 2018

The Enemy & The Self: Lent, Strategy, and Warfare

So there I was, on my second deployment to the Middle East, and this time I worked at the United States Air Forces Central forward headquarters.  Everywhere I turned and traveled, I saw resources dedicated to living out Sun Tzu’s famous adage, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”  Why...

02 21 2018

Keep Your Chocolate this Lent. Give Up Your Heart.

“What are you giving up for Lent?”  We are often asked this question by fellow Catholics as the Lenten season approaches.  In response, many of us are tempted to hang our heads in shame, as we experience a rush of “Catholic guilt” come over us.  “Oh no!”, we think, “Lent is less than a week out and I haven’t decided what to ...

02 07 2018

Consider a Daily Fast for Lent

Lent began originally as an intense preparation of prayer and fasting preceding baptism at the Easter Vigil. Eventually the entire Church joined in this period of preparation, renewing one’s baptismal vows and expressing the need for constant conversion. If you want to know what Lent was like originally, ironically we can look to Ramadan, ...

02 05 2018

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