Lent Resources 2020

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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. "Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus," said Pope Francis in his 2020 Lent Message. It is the "cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life."

We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. "May we allow ourselves to be led like Israel into the desert (Hosea 2:14), so that we can at last hear our Spouse’s voice and allow it to resound ever more deeply within us. The more fully we are engaged with his word, the more we will experience the mercy he freely gives us. May we not let this time of grace pass in vain, in the foolish illusion that we can control the times and means of our conversion to him. The fact that the Lord once again offers us a favorable time for our conversion should never be taken for granted. This new opportunity ought to awaken in us a sense of gratitude and stir us from our sloth." | lea en español

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Virtual Way of the Cross in Arkansas

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Lent Resources 2020

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

Catholic churches across Arkansas host lots of events including fish fries, soup suppers, parish missions, retreats, Bible studies and more during Lent.

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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 through 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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