NCR Today: Holy Week is the time to examine the holes of decay in our lives and to find healing.
NCR Today: Bernie Sanders' speech at Liberty University is good Lenten reading, about morality, justice and care of the poor.
NCR Today: The Capuchin Franciscans I live with watch "Antiques Roadshow" every Monday evening. In the past few weeks, I've noted five parallels between this program and Lenten spirituality.
The Peace Pulpit: "Surely it helps that we become a community. Your example of faith strengthens my faith. That's true for every one of us here."
Young Voices: Recognizing that he had unhealthy obsession with politics, the author's friend gave up politics for Lent -- during the 2008 presidential primary election season.
The Field Hospital: Texas and Michigan dioceses try new programs for evangelization; suggestions for Chicago's hard-pressed parishes; where do church's items go when a parish closes?
Young Voices: Certain experiences separate our lives into definable periods of "before and after." While immediate feelings wear off, we never entirely lose that which changed us.
Simply Spirit: With Jesus' saving, powerful light perhaps we can begin to transform the many corruption-prone systems that plague our world. This Lent, which response will you choose?
At the request of Pope Francis, the Vatican has decreed that the Holy Thursday foot-washing will be open to women and girls.
I grew up, like most Catholics, thinking that Lent was a gloomy season when we stopped singing "Alleluia!" and eating candy because we had to be sorry for our sins for 40 days. The only good part about Lent was that I just might get to go to the parish fish fry on Friday evening and run around with my grade school buddies.
Sadly, I'm not sure that my understanding of Lent matured much more than that until recent years.