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10 Meatless Meals for the Lenten Season
We're two weeks into the Lenten season, which means that those of you maintaining a meatless diet are probably either bored by your dinner or running out of inspiring vegetarian recipes. Never fear! We've got the fix for carrying you through to Easter. Here, a collection of ten mouthwatering meatless meals for the Lenten season.
What Wondrous Love
Scripture: John 3:14-21 What wondrous love is this oh my soul, oh my soul… Have you ever pondered while singing this familiar Lenten song, how one describes God’s love? Do the overused and insufficient words of “super,” “great,” “wonderful,” and “amazing” ring a bit too hollow to describe God’s everlasting love for creation, including you and me(!) Suppose a daughter were to ask her parent to…
Lenten Devotional March 10
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you." He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day-for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!" "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone…
Monthly Preview and Devotion Guide
This Post includes the Monthly Preview and Weekly Devotion Guide for the readings which begin on Monday, August 11th Monthly Preview: Exile and Hope (2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah and Jeremiah) By …
Lenten Carbon Fast
People came out to the desert to hear John the Baptist. People followed Jesus everywhere he went. Because we long to turn our lives towards God, we are eager to hear effective preaching - preaching that asks us to turn. And such preaching prompts conversation. In talking with someone else, we begin to realize we can actually change; we can pivot; we can turn towards God Action Keeping this in mind, consider the results of a recent Yale poll : 67% of Americans…
Lenten Devotional February 20
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the…
Devotion Should Increase
“If evils increase, the devotion of the People of God should also increase. And so, venerable brothers, we want you to take the lead in urging and encouraging people to pray ardently to our most merciful mother Mary by saying the Rosary during the month of October.” -St. Paul VI
Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Guide
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Lenten Reflection February 20
Over the years, on both a personal and professional level, I have found a particular spiritual comfort in the Psalms. Psalm 25: 1-10 reminds us that putting our trust in God provides us with strength and protection throughout our difficult days: “I trust in you; do not let me but put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be to shame ….” Psalm 25 then continues, offering a centering message so important for…
Limited Devotion: A Non-Deadhead's Guide to the Grateful Dead
Plenty of things make the Grateful Dead a band that should completely disinterest me: The marathon concerts, the unflinchingly loyal (and oft-lampooned) fanbase, that the band's surviving members attempt to keep the dream alive despite the decades-long absences of key players. And let's not start on the noodling. Oh, the noodling. It would appear as though the deck is stacked against any likelihood of my being a 'Deadhead.'
A Guide for Making Your Lenten Resolution
From Fr. Shane Johnson comes the coolest guide to making a good Lenten resolution:
Excerpted from the Council’s 2019 Lenten Reflection Guide for Lectionary Year C. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” He also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no …
Day 10 Devotion
Forty days of nothing? Not hardly. Even though Jesus fasted for forty days, He clearly came out stronger than ever based on the events following it. How is your fast strengthening you? Do you feel like you're floundering? Maybe you're not experiencing the outcomes you expected. Ask God to lead you into the same kind of preparation, power, and purpose that Jesus gained from His time of fasting.
Lenten Daily Readings
Why Do Catholics Have a Devotion to Mary?
In our relationship with Mary, she helps give new life to our souls, prays for us, and provides us with what we need to grow in grace. In return, she deserves our honor and love, just as our earthly mothers do. She deserves our devotion.
How to Save a Soul
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Verse 36 has been a part of my life seemingly forever, but this version is not the way it is in my consciousness. For that version, I had to search my home for a King James Bible with the familiar verse “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” In a place where I protect my family memorabilia I found two – my mother’s well-worn and my more pristine…
DEVOTION: Our Heart Decides What We See ~ Ray Hawkins
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Daily Lenten Devotion, March 20
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak." - Mark 7:37 In this passage from Mark, we read two accounts of Jesus' healing: in one a woman whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit and in another, a man who could not speak or hear. These two individuals, most likely lesser members of society, came to see and seek Jesus with such faith and trust. They must…
Lenten Series: The Way of the Cross, the Way of Life
Each and every year, Lent for all its differences from the rest of the year, can feel familiar. With its particular colors, prayers, music and readings, in Lent we are invited into the story and fi…