If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday.


Why does Easter seem to go on forever?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery—this Paschal Mystery—every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the full moon of spring and the Jewish Passover, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a most solemn way.


Why does Easter seem to go on forever?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery—this Paschal Mystery—every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the full moon of spring and the Jewish Passover, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a most solemn way.


Who was St. Augustine, and why should I care?

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“LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O Beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I love you!” So prayed the passionate theologian and pastor of the early church, St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430).

Who was St. Augustine, and why should I care?

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“LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O Beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I love you!” So prayed the passionate theologian and pastor of the early church, St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430).

Lean into Lent

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The point of lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart a conversion process. But what is it we're supposed to change? How does change occur?

Lean into Lent

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The point of lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart a conversion process. But what is it we're supposed to change? How does change occur?

Who framed Mary Magdalene?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
How the first witness to Christ's Resurrection was made into a prostitute, and how women today are restoring their reputation.

Start spreading the Good News

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The first (and most ignored) rule of preaching the gospel: "Know your audience."

A friend's birthday party occasioned one of the odder questions I've been asked lately: "Do you practice religion?" My questioner seemed genuinely curious-not hostile or incredulous-but I couldn't help feeling as if I'd been asked how often I sacrifice goats. The stylish, 25-year-old woman represented the demographic brass ring for most churches, the coveted-though-AWOL, professional, single "young adult." Yet she knew next to nothing about religion.


40 Days to a new you pt.2

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Ever wish you had your own personal spiritual trainer? For Lent we offer you 40 of them, finishing up the final 20 in Part II this month.


21. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.: A growing season
Lent is not an event. It is not something that happens to us. It is at most a microcosm of what turns out to be a lifelong journey to the center of the self.


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