A mother reflects on the Lenten season and her growing family.

Living the Season of Lent: A Mom Reflects

The Lenten season is not just about giving something up. It’s about offering ourselves up for the good of others. By Susan Hines-Brigger\

Susan Hines-Brigger

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Lent: A Season of Mystery and Surprise

Lenten Reflections with Friar Jim

Friar Jim Van Vurst, OFM, offers insight and wisdom to this holy season.

Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Crown of thorns | Lent

What Ramadan Taught Me about Lent

An Islamic tradition sheds light on our own season of repentance. By Joe McHugh

Joe McHugh

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Family and Lent

The ‘Ups’ of Lent

Lift up, give up, take up. This season invites us to do all three. By Msgr. Richard Hilgartner

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Crown of thorns | Lent

Jesus, the Passion, and the Garden of Gethsemane

The cross teaches us that we, like Jesus, give as much to others in our passivities as in our activities. By Ronald Rolheiser

Ronald Rolheiser

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Saint Francis of Assisi and the Cross of Christ

The cross was was instrumental in the early conversion of Saint Francis. By Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Daniel P. Horan, OFM

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How to Meditate During Lent

Meditation and prayer are closely linked. Lent is the perfect time to blend the two. By Laurence Freeman, OSB

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The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives.

The Hope of Lent

The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives. By Diane M. Houdek

Diane Houdek

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Pie Day: A Lenten Custom

Pie Day: Louisiana’s Lenten Custom

If it’s Holy Week in southern Louisiana, it’s time for Pie Day. By Kathryn Begnaud

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Franciscan Friars

Franciscan Statement on the Immigration Ban

The Franciscan Friars of the United States respond to President Donald J. Trump's executive order on immigration. By Friar Tom Washburn, OFM

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