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U.S. Catholic writers and readers share their reflections on their Lenten journeys. How do you plan to <a href="http://www.uscatholic.org/life/everyday-spirituality/2011/02/you-20-lent... target="_blank">"upgrade now"</a>? If you'd like to share a reflection, e-mail <a href="mailto:onlineeditor@uscatholic.org">onlineeditor@uscatholic.org</a>.

Day 9: Kathleen O. Chesto

This Lent, for at least one day, try fasting from “fast-ing,” the rushing that drains so much more than it accomplishes.

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Lent Day 8: Pope Francis

God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn.

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Lent Day 7: Kathleen Norris

As I recognize a temptation to sloth or envy for what it is, I haul it out of the depths into the light of day.

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Day 6: St. Teresa of Avila

"I thought of the sweat and agony Christ had undergone in the garden. I desired to wipe away the sweat he so painfully experienced."

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Lent Day 5: Jesus

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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Lent Day 4: Thomas Moore

Lent should bring you to a point of spiritual intensity so that Easter touches the mystery of your own existence.

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Lent Day 3: Mother Teresa

Lord, help us to see in your Crucifixion and Resurrection an example of how to endure.

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3. Mother Teresa: Dying and rising
Lord, help us to see in your Crucifixion and Resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life so that we may live more fully and creatively.


Lent Day 2: Joyce Rupp

Lent is a time to clear away the cultural debris that disorients me on the Christian path.

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Lent Day 1: Henri Nouwen

How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have avoided participating in your death?

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Day 8: Pope John Paul II

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Each day of Lent (minus Sundays) we'll bring you words of wisdom from spiritual guides.

8. Pope John Paul II: Giving of yourself
"It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). What we have here is not simply a moral exhortation, or a command that comes to us from without. The inclination to give is rooted in the depths of the human heart: Every person is conscious of a desire to interact with others and everyone finds fulfillment in a free gift of self to others.


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