How My Dad Taught Me a Lenten Resolution I’d Never Forget 11

One Ash Wednesday, my dad announced to my brother and I that for Lent he would be fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays. He wondered if we would like to join him.

Aaron and I looked at each other thinking he had flipped his lid. Aaron said he’d stick to giving up arguing; I said I’d continue to refrain from hitting Aaron until Easter. With all of our resolutions on the table we were ready to begin our Lenten regimen. More…

Making All Things New Reply

It seems like I blinked and Lent is already halfway over.

On this Friday of the third week of Lent, I’d like to share this short reflection on our Lord’s passion with you: a heart to heart dialogue between Jesus and his Blessed Mother. More…

Three Creative Ways to Live the 40 Days 1

A Friend of mine put together this short video on living the Forty Days of Lent. More than a reminder of what the way we ought to live Lent through fasting, sacrifice, and almsgiving, this video offers some creative suggestions for living Lent with ferver. More…

Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession Reply

Biltrix:

There’s nothing like a good confession to start of Lent.

Originally posted on Perpetual Learner:

Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬)

We should…

1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
2) …wait our turn in line patiently;
3) …come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
4) …speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
5) …state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
6) …confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
7) …listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
8) …confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
9) …carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
10) …use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
11) …never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
12) …never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;

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The Penitent Magdalene and the Way to True Conversion of Heart 12

By Fr Jason Smith

I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de la Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life. Let’s take a closer look.

The Penitent Magdalen, George de la Tour

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