No matter how many times I give up chocolate for Lent, it’s a challenge. But lately I’ve been feeling the need to stretch myself.
March 5th marks the beginning of Lent, an important time in the Christian calendar that precedes Easter Sunday on April 20.
For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
Today is Ash Wednesday - a solemn reminder that we are upon this earth for only a very short time. The facing of our "temporariness" awakes us to our dependence on that life we find only in Jesus.
It is this – the idea of something daily, ordinary, routine reminding me of the presence of God - that attracts me to lent now.
Prepare for Easter by inviting God to transform different aspects of your life
They came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross (Matt. 27:32). I have to confess: Lent is my least favorite liturgical season. Can't it just be Christmas year round?
Our faith in the resurrection of the dead does not rest in what our eyes can see.
- February 12, 2013 |
Across the land, Christians from various denominations will commemorate the day by fasting, praying or participating in ceremonies in which ashes are crossed on their foreheads.
In a new twist on an old religious tradition, a growing number of Christian technophiles are swearing off Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other technology for Lent.
When reviewing the Emmaus account, many people seem to have the same nagging question. Why didn’t those two downcast disciples of Jesus recognize Him immediately when He happened upon them?
- March 22, 2011 |
Today, I plan to eat King Cake, and I’ll listen to the festive music of my homefolk. But I will also pray for my kids, and for myself, to follow a Christ who refuses to... (Read more)
- March 09, 2011 |
Lent is getting a makeover, especially in some Protestant traditions where it hasn't always drawn strong interest. Fasting and service have taken on new meanings as well.
- March 02, 2011 |
Lent offers us an opportunity to come to terms with the human condition we may spend the rest of the year running from.