Topics : Lent

What Makes Lent 2020 So Special

“Normal life feels on hold” In my twenty-eight years of life, I honestly never even imagined that there could be any sort of event, calamity or emergency, whatever its nature,that would result in the archdiocese having to suspend Mass being held in public as usual. Even on the most superficial of levels, it feels eerily […]Read More

Fasting Tips For The Catholic Vegetarian

There has been a small but continuous vegetarian movement in the Catholic Church from the very beginning. Technically, fasting is a practice where one deprives oneself of some food. Abstinence is normally from meat. But what about Catholic vegetarians? Vegetarians can obviously fast, but can they practice abstinence as the Church intends? It seems that vegetarians […]Read More

Why Is Fasting Important During Lent?

Fr Mark Sultana explains why fasting is important during lent, that is – why Catholics consume less food on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting has to do with trusting, healing an having an open heart Fasting and abstinence have to do with a healing of relationships, with God, with others, with creation, with self. We […]Read More

Is Lent A Negative Season? – A Lenten Reflection

Few weeks after Christmas, and we are already in Lent. From lights to decorations, candles and colours we find ourselves in a sort of barren land covered with ashes. In this Catholic Lenten reflection we ask and reflect… Is Lent a “negative” season following the “positive” Christmas one? Following the Christmas season fundraising marathons, we […]Read More

The Prodigal Son Father’s Point Of View

In this imaginary monologue, Sarah DeGaetano reflects on the prodigal son father’s point of view based on the biblical parable of the prodigal son. She describes this father’s thoughts, prayers and questions he might have asked outlining this father’s great unconditional love, concern and mercy; his constant waiting and hope; and finally his great joy upon the eventual return of his […]Read More

Top Pope Francis’ Quotes About Lent

TOP POPE FRANCIS’ QUOTES ABOUT LENT 1. Lent Is The Time To Rediscover The Direction Of Life “Because in life’s journey, as in every journey, what really matters is not to lose sight of the goal. If what interests us as we travel, however, is looking at the scenery or stopping to eat, we will […]Read More

If Jesus Said "Do This In Memory Of Me" Why Does The Church Teach That There Is The Real Presence

Fr Mark Sultana replies that in the Eucharist there is the real presence of Jesus Christ because the words “in memory of me” in the Hebrew mindset mean more that just “remembering”. It’s about “re-experiencing.” One must keep in mind that, in Jesus’ Hebrew mindset, to remember is far more than recalling an event; it is a re-presentation […]Read More

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