US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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>.

To hell and back on Holy Saturday

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Christ's Holy Saturday descent into hell is all about love, not fire and brimstones.

Father forgive them

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Jesus' last words point to injustice but also forgiveness.

Embracing the cross

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In order to make it to the celebration of new life, we have to sit with death on Good Friday first.  

Stations of a "deacon's wife"

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One Catholic woman felt as if she were carrying a cross through her and her husband's journey through diaconate formation.

More than giving up brownies

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Her attempt to resist sweets may have been futile, but an unexpected event taught Kathleen Hockey why we bother with Lent.

Time for forgiveness

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It'd be nice to think that reconciliation is between us and God, but sacrament is important to our Catholic faith.

Lent soup: Leek and potato soup

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I believe when I first started writing about soup and bread for Lent, I suggested an orzo and pea soup for the second to last week. Having run out of garlic this weekend, I was unable to make the garlicky broth that soup calls for, but having both potatoes and leeks around, I decided to make this one instead.

Whenever this soup comes together, I’m bewildered that such mild ingredients can contribute to such a rich dish. Not counting salt and pepper, there are a mere four ingredients (five, if you count water): the potatoes and leeks of course, butter, and thyme.


An earth-friendly Lent

By Dan Misleh |
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Lent is a time to recover our connection to God's creation.

In "Don't be crude," I suggested that those of us in developed nations have an addiction to oil. To overcome this addiction, we might learn from the 12-step programmes that help other addicts: realizing our powerlessness over the problem; seeking a higher power to help overcome our weakness; and taking things “a day at a time” meaning that we should consider how our daily choices have consequences for a warming planet. 


A burdensome Lenten journey

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Even Jesus didn't want to take the journey he had to take before reaching Easter Sunday.


Lent Soup: Spicy Black Bean

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Remember when a 45-degree day felt like summer? Now, even if the temp climbs to 50 F, I still feel a chill. Someone once said to me that a Chicago spring is more like a battle between winter and summer. Thus far, winter is dominating and is getting me down. To combat weather-related blues, I find a spicy soup the perfect weapon, particularly that of the black bean variety.


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