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>.

The "L" is for Lent

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Commute your way toward God this Lent.

This week's Lent soup: Tomato Soup

By Meghan Murphy-Gill |
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A few years ago, I discovered at my neighborhood farmers market 20-pound boxes of tomatoes selling for a mere $12. It was late September and this particular farm had quite the bumper crop. I came back with my car and bought a box.

My friend Steve was visiting that same week. Having learned to can the previous year, he took a look at my box of tomatoes and asked if that's what I was planning to do. I stared at him blankly.


Lent without a map

By Stephanie Niedringhaus |
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By giving up the usual Lenten expectations, Lent can cultivate trust in God.

This year’s Lenten Season has special significance for me. For the first time in my lifetime, Easter will fall on my birthday.

I am used to having April 24 to myself. Sharing the date this year gives me a singular opportunity to spend the weeks beforehand interweaving my physical life-journey with my Lenten spirituality

So how can that play out?


No complaints about or during Lent

By Cathleen Chopra-McGowan |
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What is there to complain about in Israel? Nothing this Lent.

I spent a few weeks wondering what to give up for Lent. I wanted it to be something that really did make me think and recall Jesus’ teachings.


Let them eat bread

By Meghan Murphy-Gill |
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The meditative process of bread-baking is simple: Combine flour, yeast, and water, knead, allow to rise, knead again, rise again, bake. While simple, it takes a fair amount of time and care to create a lovely loaf of bread. Simple doesn’t always mean quick and easy. Sometimes it’s the simplest of tasks that we find the most overwhelming or confusing because to accomplish them, we need to slow down, pay attention to our intuition, and follow it.


Lenten imperfections

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Fallen off your Lenten path already? Pray for some help.


The strength of St. Patrick

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St. Patrick's gift to us is the example of his determination in prayer.

Speaking Irish

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A good dose of Celtic spirituality comes in witty and wise phrases.

Why bother with Lent?

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Walking a Lenten path can help you ditch the malaise that holds you back.

Soup's on: Coconut red lentil soup and pita

By Meghan Murphy-Gill |
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When I first tried this soup, I’d been feeling somewhat down thanks to the relentless Chicago winter that I have endured now 10 times. (I'm hoping you get time off of Purgatory for every year spent in Chicago in the winter) The soup was an instant mood lifter. It’s lightly spiced with a subtle coconut flavor that can transport your thoughts from the seemingly unending cold and gray to the possibility of warmth and sunshine.


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