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Sharing the Word for April 8, 2019 – Fifth Week of Lent – Year 1

We all need God's mercy for ourselves and for the community in which we live. Harsh and pitiless application of the law in not the way God works.

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Sharing the Word for April 1, 2019 – Fourth Week of Lent – Year 1

As we continue our Lenten journey, today's words from the prophet Isaiah offer us hope. God wants good things for us.

Clifford Hennings, O.F.M.

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Sharing the Word for March 25, 2019 – Third Week of Lent – Year 1

We don't always appreciate God's involvement in our affairs, but He stays involved because He cares for us.

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Sharing the Word for March 18, 2019 – Second Week of Lent – Year 1

We are all sinners but we pray that our sinfulness will not become the basic element of our relationship with God.

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A delegate at the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, checks the internet Sept. 21, 2018. Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to switch off their mobile phones during Lent. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See LENT-IRELAND-PHONES March 13, 2019.

For Lent, Irish Catholics urged to abandon ‘weapons of mass distraction’

Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to make a hard sacrifice throughout the penitential six-week period: switching off their mobile phones.

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Sharing the Word for March 11, 2019 – First Week of Lent – Year 1

Being like the Lord is not something we can achieve or earn. The only way we can be like the Lord is if the Lord makes us so.

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Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome March 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ASH-WEDNESDAY March 6, 2019.

Lent begins with reminder of all that fades away, pope says

Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God's promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic youth learn significance of ashes in fiery Lenten tradition

Smoke billowed from a small fire pit, rising nearly as high as the steeple of St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus.

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Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates Mass at the Parish of St. Crispin in a suburb on the outskirts of Rome March 3, 2019.(CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PARISH-VISIT to come.

Give up gossiping for Lent, pope suggests

Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one's own faults and defects, Pope Francis said.

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A woman prays at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota July 8. Pope Francis said Oct. 20 that prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one's sinfulness are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity of his love. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit) See POPE-HOMILY-ADORATION Oct. 20, 2016.

Lenten prayer week offers healing for unemployed, abused, others

Every Lent, Catholic parishes across the country offer talks, prayer services and retreats as the Catholic Church prepares for Easter. And parishes in the Diocese of Albany are no exception.

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