Seeds of the Word - Lent, a season of temptation

Perhaps this column’s headline is somewhat shocking. We tend to think of Lent as a season of penance and conversion, not of temptation. Nonetheless, temptation is an unavoidable reality in this liturgical time that prepares us for Easter. Just notice how keenly you crave meat on Fridays, precisely when we should abstain from it.

Let God love you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lent is a wonderful time to experience the healing, freedom and peace that God offers through the sacrament of reconciliation. But if it’s been a while since you’ve been to confession (or even if it hasn’t), you may be nervous about going back. Here are some points to help.

Cuaresma, tiempo de conversión personal

A lo largo de los años, he notado que la multitud de la misa de Miércoles de Ceniza es casi tan grande como la de Navidad y la de Pascua. Hay algo atractivo en ser llamados a renovar nuestra relación con Dios, en la naturaleza penitencial de ese día y de esta temporada, que se trata fundamentalmente sobre la conversión.

Lent, a time for personal conversion

Over the years, I have noticed that the crowds at Mass on Ash Wednesday rival even Christmas and Easter. There is something attractive about being called to renew our relationship with God, about the penitential nature of the day and of this season that is fundamentally about conversion.

From the Editor - March 2020

Amid the drizzly gray of March in the Northwest, Lent can feel like a dreary slog — especially if we’re just going through the motions, maybe giving something up out of habit, but otherwise passively drifting through the season.

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