Penance and the Purple Monster

I was a little shy of 10 years old when I had what may have been my most spiritually profitable Lent ever. Looking back now, I can see clearly that I owed that to my mother. And the Purple Monster.

Lent 2014

Inspiration for your Lenten journey this year

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Are you ready to ‘wake up’?

Develop the habit of distinguishing between two inspirations leading in opposite directions

By Father William Watson

In previous columns, we’ve discussed how God (the divine-inspirer) and the enemy of human nature (the counter-inspirer) are both untiringly ambitious over how our story unfolds.

Why should I have to confess my sins to a priest?

In confession, we are reconciled not just with God, but also with the whole community

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: In Acts 3:19, Peter says, “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.” If my sins are forgiven directly by God, why does the church teach that I have to go to confession and confess my sins to a priest?

A sacrament that can change your life

There’s no need to fear the confessional, say local priests

By Kevin Birnbaum

How long has it been since your last confession? Perhaps quite a long time, if you’re like many Catholics.

An invitation for reconciliation

National effort promoting penance comes to the Archdiocese of Seattle

By Anna Weaver

A light in a window beckons, signals someone is home and invites you in. The same welcoming aim is at the center of a new program in the Archdiocese of Seattle this Lent.

Meatless variety

Meals for Fridays in Lent don’t have to be dreary and repetitive

By Michelle Sessions DiFranco

It seems there are many Catholics who groan during Lenten Fridays. Is it really that hard to go a whole day without meat? I find that it isn’t the absence of meat that people lament, but the absence of alternatives. It seems folks go blank when pondering what to prepare that does not include meat. The usual go-tos, such as grilled cheese, fish sticks or pizza, can only carry one so far. The good news? There is a source that can help.

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