Here’s an easy one: give up McDonald’s for Lent

Instead of indulging on everything I plan to abstain from over the next 40 days, I’ll be spending the rest of today praying for the Holy Spirit to help guide me through what is always a challenging yet very rewarding time of year: Lent. I hope you’ll do the same. As you already know, we Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent, even though we used to not eat meat on Fridays year-r... More


This Easter, Pray for the Astonishing Variety of People Joining the Church

A reminder, as we enter Triduum, of all the new papists we must keep in our prayers! A Muslim, a family of seven, a marine, a former abortion clinic administrator [Abby Johnson] – these are just a few of the many faces of people from around the country who are slated to join the Catholic Church at Easter. The U.S. bishops’ conference recently profiled a handful of unique stories from i... More


Offbeat: Man vows to fast on beer during Lent!

I know, I know: it sounds like a headline for The Onion. But it’s actually by Anna Arco of the UK Catholic Herald, who relays to us a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek story to make us smile on this dreary day of fasting and abstaining: An American blogger has pledged to live only off beer during Lent. Following the ancient tradition of Bavarian monks who brewed stronger beer during the Lenten f... More


AOL Video: Abp. Dolan: “You’ve got Ash Wednesday!” has apparently teamed up with the Archdiocese of New York to get Archbishop Timothy Dolan on tape, with a simple message for Catholics beginning Lent today as well as non-Catholics or fallen-away Catholics who are curious about what it’s all about: As St. Paul would say, you have to give people milk before they are ready for solid food. ...READ MORE... More



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