Lent Resources 2021

PRAYER|FASTING|ALMSGIVING

What is the season of Lent?

Lent is the 40-day, penitential season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Paschal Triduum. "Let us renew our faith, draw from the 'living water' of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ," said Pope Francis in his 2021 Lent Message

We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. "The path of poverty and self-denial (fasting), concern and loving care for the poor (almsgiving), and childlike dialogue with the Father (prayer) make it possible for us to live sincere faith, hope and effective charity," he explained. "May we be increasingly concerned with 'speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn.' To give hope to others, it is sometimes enough simply to be kind, to be 'willing to set everything else aside in order to show interest, to give the gift of a smile, to speak a word of encouragement, to listen amid general indifference.'" | lea en español

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Lent Resources 2021

Pray Unceasingly

Add eucharistic adoration, a virtual Way of the Cross, Bible study, the Prayer Book of Intentions or other traditional Catholic prayers to your time with God during Lent.

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Fast for Love

While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God's revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the practice out of love.

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Give Alms

Share what you have through CASA, One Church, special collections or CRS Rice Bowl to help those in need in Arkansas and beyond.

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Lenten Guidelines

What are the rules about fasting and abstinence? Why should we perform penance? Why can't we eat meat on Fridays? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

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Parish Activities

Parishes normally host stations, fish fries, soup suppers, missions, Bible studies and more, but the pandemic may require changes. Contact your parish for details.

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Lenten Recipes

Sample these meatless recipes from Arkansas Catholic readers divided into main dishes, casseroles, soups and side dishes. Are you hungry yet?

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Youth Resources

These activities incorporate prayer, fasting and almsgiving specific to children, teens and young adults to help them experience Lent in a deeper way.

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Love Your Neighbor

Giving up chocolate is nice, but taking up service adds a whole new dimension to Lent. Explore 25 ways to help others in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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Reconcile with God

"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart ..." (Joel 2:12). Reconciling with God and his Church is the function of the sacrament of reconciliation.

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10 Ways to Deepen your Experience of Lent

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