Week Two: Lent provides a perfect opportunity for conversion

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Students of Pope Francis summarize his agenda with the phrase “pastoral conversion.” Lent is an especially suitable time to think and pray about conversion. But what is pastoral conversion?


Week One: Three keys to making holiness a habit during Lent

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Lent is a time to rid ourselves of habits that are doing little good, or even causing harm, to ourselves and others, and to replace them with habits that are life-giving. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And contrary to the popular notion that habits can be changed in 21 days, experts tell us that it can take up to a year to change old habits and develop new ones. Lent is 40 days for a reason—holiness is a habit, and habits take time to take hold.


Ash Wednesday: Lent calls us to look inward—and to focus on community as well

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An important lesson that I learned about Lent actually came from a Jewish friend. While working at Purdue University, I served under Dr. Robert Ringel, a devout man who approached his religious observances with deep care. In the first year that I worked for him, he came into my office to seek forgiveness for any wrong he may have done me. This was part of his preparation for Yom Kippur, a high holy day for the Jewish people and a day of atonement for sins against God and his people.


Weekly Reflections for Lent

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Lent is a great time for reflection and prayer for Christians to prepare themselves for the coming of Easter. Throughout this holy season, we will be posting reflections from some well-known Catholics to enhance your spiritual life and to steer you on the path to holiness. Be sure to check back every week for more spiritual guidance during these 40 holy days.

Ash Wednesday: Lent calls us to look inward—and to focus on community as well by Carolyn Woo


30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Don't let Lent pass you by

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By Ken Maafe

This article appeared in the March 1984 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 49, No. 3, pages 12-13). 

My father had an enduring love for the church and a healthy skepticism about some of its leaders’ decisions. Thus, every time he had to do without meat (in those days it was every Friday, not just during Lent), he would begin to rail against certain unnamed Italian cardinals.


Discomfort and joy: U.S. Catholic readers on the Christmas spirit

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U.S. Catholic  readers unwrap the things they love—and dread—about the Christmas season.

Christmas, as the old song goes, can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” It is a season full of joyful celebrations with family and friends, fond childhood memories, and rich traditions. But let’s face it—the season that is the celebration of Christ’s birth can sometimes also be a bit of a pain. The challenge is balancing the hustle and bustle with the magic and the meaning of the season.


In praise of the 'good enough' family

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The holy family, with its adoptive father-son pairing, can lead the way for today’s unconventional families.

I’ve never liked Norman Rockwell. It is not because of his artistic abilities that I do not like him, but because of his subject matter. I am particularly troubled by his presentation of an idealized family. Remember the scene of the Thanksgiving dinner? Everyone sitting around the table, cheerful faces, waiting for Dad to carve the giant turkey? Where do those people live?


Special Section: Advent resources from U.S. Catholic

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20 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Put something different under the tree

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By Mary Clare Brady

This article appeared in the December 1993 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 58, No. 12, pages 31-33).


What Julian of Norwich can teach us about prayer

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After spending 20 years meditating on a number of visions, Julian of Norwich developed a deep understanding of God and produced her famous work, Revelations of Divine Love. Through her words, one can see the fruits of contemplative meditation.

While interviewing Father William Meninger on the topic of contemplative meditation for our November 2013 issue, we asked him what else we might learn from this 14th-century woman’s writings.


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