Haitians say Lent means making room in hearts, time for prayer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) — Marie Yolene Andre got an early start on Lent. Andre was in Haiti’s new transitional cathedral at 5 a.m. — two hours before Ash Wednesday Mass — to begin her time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “Jesus said you live to pray as much as you can within the room of…

Return with tears to God’s loving embrace during Lent, pope says

ROME (CNS) — Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill. After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St. Anselm to the…

CRS Lenten program builds solidarity, assists those in need

Catholic Relief Services This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten program. Since its inception, millions of Catholics have contributed alms totaling $250 million to support efforts that fight poverty and hunger in dioceses across the U.S. and overseas. Forty years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to…

Why do we do that? A primer on the season

By Brenda Kresky For The Visitor 1. What is Lent? Lent is the season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday — Feb. 18 this year — marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). As Catholics, we renew our baptismal promises…

Finding Faith and Following His Heart

When student Peter Yang arrived at Cathedral two years ago, he had little time for anything to do with religion. Now, thanks to his own curiosity and the support of the school community, he is preparing for full initiation into the Catholic Church. By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Who was Jesus? Why do we need…

Do you want to get more out of Lent this year?

Books offer practical ideas, reflections to deepen your experience of the season By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and holy reading. Here are some book recommendations for spiritual growth and renewal. “Stations of the Cross” by Timothy Radcliffe, art by Martin Erspamer; Liturgical Press; November 2014; 72 pp;…