Which are the days of abstinence in Lent?
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February 14, 2018

Which are the days of abstinence in Lent?

Full Question Can you tell me what Catholic traditions are concerning Lent? My father goes without meat on Friday, my mother on Wednesday and Friday. Which one is right? Answer They both are. The Church nowadays requires abstinence from meat…
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I was told it is bad to fast on Sundays, is this true?
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February 14, 2018

I was told it is bad to fast on Sundays, is this true?

Full Question Is fasting on Sundays prohibited by some Church law or is it just not recommended generally? I was told that it is wrong to take up any penitential activities on Sundays. Answer The reason fasting on Sundays is…
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Why does Lent last 40 days?
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February 13, 2018

Why does Lent last 40 days?

The number has deep biblical roots. Each year the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church celebrates 40 days of prayer and fasting before the great celebration of Easter. This number is very symbolic and has deep ties to multiple biblical…
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8 Secret acts of kindness that anyone can do
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February 13, 2018

8 Secret acts of kindness that anyone can do

These generous deeds, done anonymously by neighbors and strangers, are so inspiring! We all know the commandment “Love thy neighbor.” It’s one that almost everyone learns in grade school. And it’s easy enough to understand as a general concept, of…
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The Guardian Angel: Eucharistic Miracle of Brussels Belgium 1370
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February 13, 2018

The Guardian Angel: Eucharistic Miracle of Brussels Belgium 1370

Jesus has shown us His presence in the Eucharist in so many ways, and hopefully there are those affirmed in the faith and those that come to having a full relationship with Him in the Eucharist. When you hear others…
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This one habit can keep Satan away
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February 13, 2018

This one habit can keep Satan away

St. John Chrysostom taught his people how to use this effective spiritual weapon. An Early Church Father best known for his preaching and profound spiritual writing, St. John Chrysostom was also well aware of the spiritual battle that is being…
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Benedict XVI to Pope Francis: “I promise you my total obedience and my prayers”
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February 13, 2018

Benedict XVI to Pope Francis: “I promise you my total obedience and my prayers”

Monsignor Alfred Xuereb explains some details about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and his five years of retirement “Before Pope Francis went out before the whole world, appearing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he wanted to call Pope Benedict…
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For something a little different this Lent, here are 5 recommendations
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February 13, 2018

For something a little different this Lent, here are 5 recommendations

They're just the tip of the iceberg, but our team thinks these resources can help you make this Lent a time of growth. There are just a few days until Ash Wednesday, when we enter into a season of prayer,…
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How to go to confession when you haven’t gone in years
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February 13, 2018

How to go to confession when you haven’t gone in years

A practical guide for those hesitant about returning to the sacraments. Going to confession for the first time in 5, 10, 20, 30 (or more) years can be daunting. We know we should do it, but there is part of…
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The seal of confession: What it is and why it should be protected
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February 13, 2018

The seal of confession: What it is and why it should be protected

The seal of confession is among a priest’s chief weapons in thwarting Satan’s plot. The late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago once called the encounters that take place within the sacrament of Penance “the most important conversations on the planet.”…
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