Articles
March 8, 2017

Fasting and Abstinence during Lent

Lent is the time before Easter during which the faithful abstain and fast in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary. It is a 40-day time of preparation…
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March 7, 2017

10 important things to consider during Lent

Every year we give something up for Lent. Sometimes picking what to give up is hard and other times we consider doing something extra to really immerse ourselves in what…
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Articles
March 3, 2017

What's the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics…
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Articles
March 3, 2017

Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting: The Three Pillars of Lent

'Give alms...Pray to your Father...Fast without a gloomy face...' (Matthew 6:1-18) Giving alms, Jesus teaches, means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They…
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News
March 1, 2017

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

As Ash Wednesday kicks off the Lenten season, Catholics enter into 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries. But did you know that Catholic monks once…
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News
July 28, 2016

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting. Msgr. Olivier Ribadeau…
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Q&A
February 18, 2015

Why do Catholics practice fasting and abstinence during Lent?

Full Question Every year during Lent I'm asked why Catholics fast and abstain. How can I explain our Lenten practice? Answer Explain that Lent is the 40 days before Easter…
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